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Making Log Cabin-style borders for machine embroidered quilt blocks

 

Yesterday I showed you how to start putting together some machine embroidered blocks, created on THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother to make the Working Girls Quilt.

THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother showing the home screen
THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother showing the home screen

 

Finished quilt top using machine embroidered blocks
Finished quilt top using machine embroidered blocks

 

Here’s how to add Log Cabin-style borders around the machine embroidered blocks and use up some scraps from your stash at the same time. If you missed yesterday’s post, you can get the complete material list for the Working Girls Quilt by following the link.

Cutting the strips

From the fat quarters or scraps, cut 2″ strips on the lengthwise grain. You’ll need the following:

  • 14 – 2″ x 14″
  • 14 – 2″ x 12″
  • 14 – 2″ x 11″
  • 14 – 2″ x 9″

Sewing the strips

Sew a 2″ x 9″ strip to the top of a bordered, embroidered block using a partial seam. Make sure to use the ¼” foot to keep all your seams accurate!

  • Sew a 2″ x 11″ strip to the right-hand side.
  • Sew a 2″ x 9″ strip to the bottom.
  • Sew a 2″ x 11″ strip to the left-hand side.
  • Finish the partial seam from the first strip.
  • Press all seams toward strips.
First set of strips sewn to the embroidered block
First set of strips sewn to the embroidered block

 

Sew on another round of strips, this time using the 2″ x 12″ and 2″ x 14″ strips.

Try to have a good variety of fabrics in each block. The finished block will measure 13½” x 15½”.

Sew strips on the remaining embroidered blocks in the same way.

Start the second round of strips using a partial seam.
Start the second round of strips using a partial seam.

 

Completed block
Completed block

 

Strip Sets

From remaining fat quarters fabric or scraps, cut 20 – 2″ x 13½” strips.

Make 4 strip sets with 5 – 2″ x 13½” strips in each.

Strip set with 5 – 2" x 13½" strips
Strip set with 5 – 2″ x 13½” strips

 

Sew the blocks and strip sets together

Sew the blocks and strip sets together following the diagram below. Then sew the long rows together to complete this part of the quilt top.

Sew the blocks and strip sets together like this.
Sew the blocks and strip sets together like this.

 

Come back tomorrow and see how to add the outside borders to the embroidered blocks created on THE Dream Machine 2.

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Machine-embroidered quilt blocks make up Sweet Betty Quilt

Go to part 3: How to make a scrappy strip border for your quilt

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

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