Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Border Quilt Quilt Along - Pinwheel Border

Welcome to Week 5 of Pattern's By Jen's
The Border Quilt Quilt Along!

You've made it to week 5! How many of you stopped after the last border? That is a really nice size to snuggle under. Stopping after the pinwheel border will give you the perfect size to snuggle with your special someone.  For the next two weeks you will be working on the Pinwheel border. There are a log of HST to make for this border. My suggestion is to sew a bunch, trim, sew, trim, sew, trim over an extended amount of days. This helps me to not get bored with it, but also makes sure I'm not doing the same thing in the same position for too long.

If you are just finding us, there is plenty of time to grab your pattern and fabric and join in. With each border there is a two week time period to make the border before we start on the next. You can stop at any point for any size you quilt you like.

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

Nov 7 - Pinwheels with a background border

Nov 21 - Flying Geese

Dec 5 - Finishing touches

Let's Get Started!

Pinwheel Border

For Half Square Triangle Instructions go HERE.

Once you've trimmed your HST and are ready to begin assembling them into pinwheels you can use the chain piecing method. Chain piecing means that you sew each piece, one after another, without cutting the thread in between. This saves time and thread.

I leave mine sewn together like this and bring to the ironing board. I press to one side and then trim the threads in between each unit.

When sewing the paired HST triangles together to form the pinwheel unit I lengthen my stitch length just a bit.

This helps when I need to rip those stitches and spin the seams.

Finger press the seam to keep the fabric from stretching. Even though you have spun the seams you should be able to turn the blocks and get each seam to nest.

Add the pinwheel border and then the next background border. You're ready for the *last* border! Whoo hoo!

If you share your progress 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.

Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

Reminder!!  Clean your machine!!

 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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The Border Quilt Quilt Along is coming September 2018

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