Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Border Quilt Quilt Along - The Center

Welcome to Pattern By Jen's
The Border Quilt Quilt Along!

If you are just finding us, there is plenty of time to grab your pattern and fabric and join in. The center piece is easy, but I still planned on a two week time span to welcome anyone joining us late.

Grab your pattern!

Printed: The Border Quilt

Etsy Digital: The Border Quilt

Craftsy Digital: The Border Quilt

Payhip Digital: The Border Quilt

For inspiration see The Border Quilt tester quilts HERE. I am using Enchanted Forest generously provided by Northcott Fabrics. These gorgeous fabrics are in shops now! They are super soft and easy to work with.

***Please note! If you are using them for the quilt along, wait to wash them until you are done with the quilt, or buy extra fabric. Flannel shrinks more than quilting cotton.***

We're going to start off slow for the first few weeks as we get into the swing of the quilt along. We will be doing the center first, I will go over both versions, then a border every two weeks. This will hopefully give you time to work on them a little bit at a time if you need to, as well as get any questions answered. Don't worry about keeping up, this is supposed to be fun, so go at your own pace. Do try to make at least one block for each border as we go so you can ask any questions as they come up.

To get direct help, as well as opinions of others who are sewing along with us, join the Facebook group: Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen.

Quilt Along Schedule

July 18 - Intro post

Sept 12 - Making the center (both center options will be included in this post)

Sept 26 - Checker border with two background borders

Oct 10 - Star blocks with a background border

Oct 24 - Friendship stars with a background border

Nov 7 - Pinwheels with a background border

Nov 21 - Flying Geese

Dec 5 - Finishing touches

Let's Get Started!


There are two options for the center of The Border Quilt.

Center 1 is a pieced and then trimmed block. This is not the one I used in the Enchanted Forest version, but is the one in the original quilt that you see on the front of your pattern.

Step 2 under Assembly should read 2) Add light 8" strips.
The cutting instructions are correct!

For my fussy cut center I found the middle of my piece and pressed.

Because this center unit is on point I needed to trim it so the point was about the bunny. I used the pressed line to find the center before trimming.

Following the instructions in the pattern sew each piece and press. I have found that by setting the seam and then finger pressing before pressing the seams to the side, I don't get a stretched and bowed seam when I use the iron. Flannel stretches very easily, if you are using it, make sure to just press, do not move your iron over and around your seams. 

Next we're going to trim this piece down to size. Follow the trimming instructions in the pattern.

To trim the center piece I start with the top and bottom, this makes cutting the longer sides easier. Lay your center on your cutting mat, lining the opposite points up on the same line on both sides of the mat. PS I did make sure to pull that right side down a bit, I just missed it in the photo.

You will be trimming 1" from the point shown in your pattern. Put the one inch mark on that point.

Then check on either side to line up your ruler for a nice straight cut.

Repeat with your side trims, this time trimming 1 1/4" from the point in your pattern.
Take your time, check your measurements twice and trim. See picture at the very bottom of the post for WHY you must double check where your ruler is lined up.

If you have questions on this don't hesitate to ask!

Done! You are ready for the first borders September 26.

Center 2 is simply a rectangle.

I chose to first make sure I centered the animals that I wanted in my center piece by using my ruler and making a small mark on either side at the desired width.

I like to fold in half and trim the long sides first, in this case where those marks for fussy cutting were made.

Then making sure my edge is straight on the mat, I trim the short sides. Easy peasy.

Remember you can ask questions and get help directly from me and your fellow quilt along pals by joining the Facebook group listed above.

Don't be like Jen, check before trimming!!!

If you share your center piece on social media please tag Patterns By Jen and /or use #theborderquiltquiltalong. I can't wait to see your pieces!!!

If you are a blogger who is sewing along please fee free to grab and use this button.

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Here are the bloggers that participated in the Interview Session. Please take a moment to follow them and see their progress. Some will be posting right away, some will be posting during the two weeks between borders.

Becca - Pretty Piney
Joanne - Quilts By Joanne
 Marija - Mara Quilt Designs
Stephanie - Quilt'n' Party

Happy Stitching!

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