|Measure the top width of quilt|
|Measure the middle width of quilt|
|Middle width of quilt|
|Measure the bottom width of quilt|
Now turn the quilt one time and measure all three widths of the quilt once again from the other direction of the quilt. Think 3 horizontal measurements and 3 vertical measurements! (Sorry no pics of that part, it seems pretty self explanatory.) The three numbers for that particular measurement of the quilt came out to: 40 1/2", 40 1/2" and 40 1/3". Now you should have a total of 6 numbers written down.
Looking at all of those 6 numbers together, we now know that the average measurement of this quilt is 40 1/2". Subtract the seam allowance from that average and we come to 40".
40" is the important number here! When you make a pieced border, you have to figure out how many repeats (of each piece of the border) you can have and more importantly, what size they need to be. Playing with the number 40, I came up with 6 numbers that are clearly divisible without any remainders: 2, 2.5, 4, 5, 8, and 10. Those are the numbers of repeats that will easily work for this border.
|Repeat widths including the seam allowance|
I chose to make my border with 2.5" repeats. Lets do the math: 40 divided by 2.5 equals 16. That means I will have 16 repeats per each inside measurement of the quilt top. (In other words, the 16 repeats for each border strip do NOT include the corner piecing.)
Remember! We've been working with the finished size of the pieced block repeats. In order to truly have 2.5" finished sized repeats, my blocks will need to be 3" before being sewn together for the border strips.
I used the half square triangle above as my REPEAT. This can be anything you decide you want to do. In my other borders I used an X-block as a repeat and in the border before something completely different.
|Start pinning in dead center|
|Then pin at the start, end, and every seam in between|
|Sew on border and iron|
This was just a basic explanation of course. Did it make sense to anyone or clear up any confusion? Maybe next time I will explain how I got the measurements of the previous solid pieced border to make sure I ended up with a number that would be easy to work with for the next pieced border. It's good to think ahead, but that's way too much for one post! lol I'm going to go ahead and link this up with Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story!