Sweet Little Spring Sew-Along part 4…the grand finale!

Are you ready to wrap this project up? Have you finished  part 1,2, and 3?? Hahaha! No worries if you haven’t…just go back and work on those and then follow this last step to finish up your project! For those of you who missed the earlier parts, you can find them here:

part 1, material requirements and cutting instructions

part 2, embroidery patterns and instructions

part 3, putting together your blocks

Okay, for part 4 we are going to be sewing on some borders to finish up our project in style! Bear with me, this is a l…o…n…g… post with LOTS of pictures because I really want to explain the process I used!

I wanted to make this border a little interesting so made a faux mitered corner border that ends up looking like this:

To start, I decided I wanted to make my border with 3 strips of fabric in colors that complimented my blocks.  For mine I chose red, orange, and  a white print. You will choose colors that work well with your blocks of course ;). ( If you would rather just do 1 color that is just fine! Follow the measurements in the brackets below).

I auditioned some fabrics and decided on a final color and then cut my fabric as follows:

  1. for narrow border ( red in mine), cut 4~  1 inch by 22 inch long strips.
  2. for second border ( white print in mine), cut 4~ 1.5 by 22 inch long strips.
  3. for third border ( orange in mine), cut 4~ 1.5 by 22 inch long strips. ( For one solid border rather than 3 strips, cut 4~ 3 1/4 by 22 inch long strips, then follow the directions for attaching the border down below)

Sew your strips together and press your seams. ( I pressed mine all in the same direction, but I honestly don’t think it matters!) They should measure 3 1/4 inches wide.  Trim off your uneven ends or selvedges if needed but leave your border strips as long as possible for now! ( just so you know, your strips should be as long as the width of your quilt top, plus the width of 2 of your border strip measurements. In my case that was 14 plus 3 1/4 plus 3 1/4, which totals 20 1/2 inches, but I left mine longer on purpose). Anything extra will get trimmed off later and it’s much better to have too much, rather than not enough fabric!

In order to find your center for sewing, fold one of your border strips in half, and do the same to your quilt top, like this:

Now start pinning on  that center mark, and then pin your border strip all the way along your quilt top  like this:

Do the same thing on the opposite side:

Sew your borders on using a 1/4 inch seam and sew all the way from top to bottom. Press your borders away from the center of the quilt.

You will have “leftover” border at the top and bottom! Do NOT trim these!

Now it’s time to sew on the last 2 borders. This part is a little trickier. Find the centers again, of both your border and quilt. Pin the center mark.

Now you are going to pin this border, but this time you are going to STOP pinning when you get to the border that you have already sewn on:

I folded my top border back right at the “intersection” and then placed a pin so I knew where to stop sewing. So you are just going to sew this border to the quilt top, not onto the side borders at all.Sew and press to the outside again.It will end up looking like this.

Now to make the faux mitered corners you are going to fold your top border fabric at an angle underneath itself, like this:  You might have to fiddle a bit with it, but you want all your border strips to be at nice right angles to each other.

Press and pin when you are happy with the placement. Repeat this on all 4 corners.

Now you are going to sew these from the inside of the quilt to the outside with a very scant seam ( as close to the edge as you can get!), making sure to lock your stitches at the start and end. 20190521_11193920190521_112018

When you are done all 4 corners, you will have some left-over fabric on the back.

Trim that off ( careful! Don’t cut into your quilt!) so that just 1/4 inch remains. Repeat on all 4 corners. Press your quilt top one last time and now you are ready for quilting!

Well ladies, that concludes the Sweet Little Spring Sew-Along! I am planning on finishing this sweet little project with some big-stitch hand quilting and will share my results when done. Please feel free to share your projects by sending me an email or by sharing in the FB group. And if any of the instructions are not clear, please ask!

Thanks for sewing along with me!

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique