Showing posts from February, 2017

A Machine Quilted Finish with Borders Made Easy

It's finally done! Such a great feeling to say these words when you have worked on a quilt that was just a little bit of a challenge.

Not only was the making of this quilt a challenge, but I had no idea how I wanted to quilt the white spaces. Fortunately, when I was looking for something in my sewing room, I came across these paper quilting patterns from Borders Made Easy.

I haven't used them in years and really completely forgot about them. One look at them and I knew I could finish my quilt. These borders are very easy to use. In simple terms, you cut them to size, use the adhesive strips on the back to attach them to your quilt, sew on the lines and then tear off the paper.

I cut the strips into small pieces to use in between the star points.

Then I tackled the borders of the quilt, which was actually very easy because you can make one continuous sewing line from one end of the quilt to the other and back again.

In addition to using the adhesive strips, I added a few anchor…

The Evolution of a Quilt and Free Paper Piecing Template

As I have mentioned previously, rarely do I follow a pattern as written. There must be something haywire in my brain, but I just can't seem to do it. Modifications happen regularly.

Last fall, a paper-pieced, tree quilt caught my eye. It was made with rows of triangles, each row having a few less to create a larger triangle tree shape. I knew it would work perfectly for the small stash of green scraps I had.

After drawing out some paper foundations, I set to work. And after three rows, decided I didn't like making it. Sigh.

I let it sit for awhile. Then one day while reading a library book of paper-pieced patterns, I found a star pattern that caught my eye, but was a little too complex. After some experimenting on paper, I was able to re-create a version with less points.

I figured out some measurements and realized I could incorporate the three lines of pieced triangles, with two of the stars, to create a modern Christmas themed quilt. And that is what I did.
It was a close c…