Pervalong – border 2 and finishing your quilt top

This week in the Pervalong we will be adding the outer border (border 2), which is made up of 20 squares. There are a few things to note before you start piecing this section (look at me getting all fancy with the bullet points!):

  • If you are planning on binding your quilt with your outermost fabric, please be sure to set aside your binding strips before you cut any bits for piecing.
  • Because these blocks are significantly larger than the others you will actually need to press each seam with an iron as you stitch, rather than finger pressing.
  • Some of the squares (11, 12, 14, 16 and 19) include seams that are not strictly necessary. I like to include them to add interest to an otherwise largish area of a single colour, but if you find you are running out of fabric then you can combine these into one bigger piece.
  • I used every last scrap of my number 9 and 10 fabrics for this border, so cut carefully. I thought there would be a little more wiggle room than there was – I hope it doesn’t cause too many problems for you.

With that said, here are the piecing diagrams:

Once you have stitched and trimmed your squares sew 7, 8, 9 and 10, and 17, 18, 19 and 20 together to form the two side border pieces. Press seams open, remove any unnecessary paper, pin carefully and attach to your quilt top. Sew together the pieces for the top and bottom borders and attach these as well. As before, remember that it ends up being a mirror image of the original design.

Bribe a small child with some sweeties to rip off the paper for you. Unfortunately my kids were staying with their dad so I had to do this part myself. That’ll teach me.

feels good when it’s finished, though

Give the whole thing a really good press and possibly a light starching. I love me some starch, especially when there are bias edges involved.

And here it is, in all its poorly-photographed glory (did I mention how much I hate this weather?)

I am going to back mine in my outermost fabric (glacier) and plan on doing some hand quilting in a kind of exploding-from-the-middle pattern using a selection of (almost) matchy colours of perle cotton. Hopefully this will be finished before the linky party, but I am off to Quilt Market (eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!) so may run out of time.

In any case, I get to say something that I have wanted to say for longer than I can remember:”quilt as desired”. The linky party will start in two weeks and stay open for a week (assuming I can figure out how to operate these things), and there will be a prize for a randomly selected completed top or quilt. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

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