Yesterday, I showed you how to overcome the fear of piecing with random fabrics. I’ve finished up all 20 of my Full Bloom pieced blocks and now we need to sew them together to make the quilt top. In the process, I also wanted to share with you 2 ways I use to add a pop of color to my quilts.
The first step is for us to sew a black sashing strip to the right side of 15 of the quilt blocks – there will be 5 blocks left that don’t have a sashing strip sewn to them. Press the seams towards the sashing strips and then arrange the blocks in five rows of four blocks each. Each row will have three blocks that have sashing sewn to them and one that doesn’t (on the right end of the row).
When you have a pleasing arrangement, sew the rows together and number them or place them back on your design wall in order.
Adding sashing cornerstones
When I’m designing quilts, I often add sashing strips to either make the quilt bigger (without making more blocks) or to add to the overall design of the quilt by separating the blocks. When you add sashing strips that are all one color it gives the quilt a cohesive look and makes the blocks the focus. Our Mosaic Maze quilt pattern features this type of sashing:
But if you wanted to add a pop of colour to your quilt, one easy way is to use cornerstones that separate the sashing strips at the corner of each block. In my Opposites Attract pattern, the orange cornerstones give an otherwise monochromatic quilt, a touch of pizzazz:
We’re going to add a pop of WHITE to our quilt by using the colorful polka dots on the white background from the Full Bloom line that was cut into 1½” squares as cornerstones in between our black sashing strips.
Sew four sashing strips together with three cornerstones to make one sashing row and then repeat to make a total of four rows. Press seams towards the sashing strips so that the sashing cornerstone seams will nest in nicely with the seams between the blocks and vertical sashing strips.
Sew the first two rows of blocks together with one of the sashing rows. As you can see, by pressing the seams in opposite directions, the polka dot sashing cornerstone looks lovely.
Sew the rows of blocks together with the sashing rows in between. Press.
Next, sew the black 2″ strips end to end with a mitered join. Measure the length of the quilt and cut two borders this exact length. Sew them to the right and left sides of the quilt. Measure the width of the quilt and cut two borders this exact measurement. Sew these to the top and bottom.
Add an accent flange
Another way to add a little pop of color (or a pop of white as in this lap quilt) is to add an accent flange in between two borders on the quilt.
We’re using the 1″ strips of white polka dot Full Bloom fabric to make a flange to go between our black inner border and the striped outer border. The first step is to sew the flange strips together end to end with a mitered join and then press this long strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.
Measure the length of the quilt and cut two flange strips this exact length. Sew them to the right and left sides of the quilt using a ⅛” seam.
Measure the width of the quilt and cut two flange strips this exact measurement. Sew these to the top and bottom, again using a ⅛” seam. The flange accent strips are overlapped on the corners of the quilt as shown below.
Now we’re ready for our striped outside border!
I’m loving how this Full Bloom quilt is turning out and I’ve got a couple tricks that I like to use when sewing with striped fabrics. Join me tomorrow, I’ll share those with you. See you then!
This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: How to overcome your fear of piecing blocks with random fabrics
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