If you've dropped by this week, you may have read that I was working on some nine-patch blocks, squeezing some quilting time in between all the stuff I had going on. This is why.
I don't think I ever blogged about this quilt. I made it in Hawaii. Many of the members of my Bee there bought this kit. I didn't, but then one of the ladies didn't want hers, so I paid her for it. The kit came with white background fabric, but I wanted to change it up, so I replaced the white with black.
It had another border--a plain black one 4.5" wide. It finished at around 73 or 75 inches square. I really get frustrated with that size. It is fairly large for a lap, but not big enough for a bed. Anyway, if you read this blog with any regularity, you probably have realized that this is not "me."
When I finished it in Hawaii, I put it away, although I did show it to my daughter. It is her style. Anyway, about a month ago, I got a text asking me if I could make her a quilt for the bed. This was huge! About 10 years or more ago, she told me she didn't like the way my quilts feel. I like the flat, cotton, antique feel, but she likes the puff of a comforter. For her to ask for a quilt was amazing! And gratifying!
I pulled this out and tried to determine how to make it larger. I needed about 8 inches more border all the way around. I mulled things over, came up with a plan, and proceeded. Luckily I had lots of leftovers/scraps. I began by deciding to remove the 4.5" black border, leaving me with the quilt as it is above. I would then need to add a border that was at least 12 inches wide.
Next, I began making nine patches. Lots of them. I wanted to alternate them with plain black squares, in three rows. Therefore, to get 12 inches of border with three rows, the blocks had to finish at 4 inches. Four divided by three is not a fun number to use in quilting. Instead of playing with third of an inch measurements, I figured I could cut the strips and segments at 1 7/8" and use a quarter inch seam allowance (instead of the scant quarter inch) and just do some slight trimming.
It worked like a charm!
I spent my free day on Friday assembling the borders and attaching them. Once I got them on, I finished with another narrow green border.
This is how it came out.
As you can see, I was trying to echo the diagonal lines from the center. I also didn't want to fuss around with something complicated. All in all, I think it came out great.
I was lucky that I had enough scraps from the original project so that I could add on. It will get sent off to the longarmer this week. The backing is black, too, so I purchased a black batting. Have you seen them or used them? I decided to get poly, also, so that it would be fluffy like my daughter likes.
Maybe next week I can get back to my Simply Charming book.
Have a great day,