Tips and Men, Part the IVth
The challenge: a quilt top that needs to be larger
Logical choice: add border(s)
1. What color?
2. How big?
I came up with a red, white and blue 3" narrow inner border and a very large 14" Kona Paper Bag solid (thanks to your tip!) outer border.
We can't have all that plain fabric and I've spent the past 24 months practicing free motion quilting with my home sewing machine, sew....
I created two templates for free motion quilting!
I wanted the look of a star, but also a heart to let the recipient know they are special to me :-)
Used a piece of left-over 14" border and create a practice quilt sandwich. Go to quilt shop and purchase variegated red, white and blue Sulky Blendables 30w cotton top-stitching thread to amp up
the patriot theme.
(I'll share my own practice piece with you hopefully tomorrow!)
How many template stars (which are 12x12) to go into the large side borders???
The recipient's birthday is during the seventh month of the year and the twenty-ninth day, so...
three on each side and one square in the middle?
Perhaps an applique of the template smack dab in the middle of the rail fence quilt top?
I'm liking the process of creating my own quilt with your valuable feedback.
I took the quilt top into my local fabric store and the sales clerk gave me the idea to free motion quilt template stars/hearts throughout the entire top instead of just in the borders.
Any thoughts you may have to share with me?
All the Best,
"Lazy Angle Ruler"
I've never used this ruler before...have you?