On to the Border

Handful of Scraps, Postage Stamp Quilt

Not a lot of work done yesterday on quilts.  It took awhile just cutting fabric, measuring large pieces, figuring out borders for miter’s and such – is a big problem for me at times!  Math is not my strong suit.  Here I have things laid out on the table just looking things over and playing with hexies to get ideas.  I might do a chain of hexie flowers or chains of hexies with no apparent design in it – if you understand what I mean.  those pieces laying out have seam allowance on them so much larger than they would be when sewn together.  The first step now that fabric has been cut will be to glue baste and then thread baste one side at a time to the border –  Pin first so things do not shift then glue baste after that with the largest stitch on the machine I might got ahead and do a running stitch to hold it in place better while I applique in place.  I will be doing one side at a time and leave a couple inches not finished where the corners will be done.


Corners are just folded over in this photo while I had it all laying on the floor to make sure the pieces all fit – that is where the corners will be mitered.  Keep in mind that it looks plain right now but there will be lots of color added still.  Look on it as an almost empty canvas!  More well be added – really!  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.


I could go with a border something like this in the colors used so far in the piece shown in this photo that I found on pinterest about 8 to 10 inches out from the center design all around making a rectangleRight now the center is 48 x 52 I believe with the border fabric attached it will be around 92 x 98  – something like that  I don’t have the numbers sitting next to me.  If I did something like this it would be possible that I would do it twice – another one close to the edge.  Something to think about while I stitch the center rectangle in place.  Do any of you have photos of borders that would look good on this hexie quilt – they could be other shapes involved I’m always willing to look!

Hexies long row with embroidery

A little more work on the Postage Stamp quilt was done as well – almost done with this second from the last row – getting closer and closer to the finish line.


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11 comments… add one
  • Marianne Mar 31, 2017

    I love that little runner on linen you showed! Wonder about doing one in tumblers, my recent favorite shape. Now, if only I could embroider well!

    I think your border looks just great, and you are brave to plan a miter at each corner. It’s tricky to have it all work out with the stripes.

  • Kaholly Mar 31, 2017

    As always, beautiful work. I’m ‘on to the border’, too, come Thursday! XO
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  • Ruth Mar 31, 2017

    Such fun! I like the hexie border with the ties. What are you going to do next?
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  • Liz Mar 31, 2017

    Yum eye candy galore!

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  • Jayne Mar 31, 2017

    Hexies! I love what you are doing and have done! Really gorgeous!

  • maxine lesline Mar 31, 2017

    Planning,, testing and eye-balling…takes a lot of time..at least for me.. but I have to like what I am working on… Of course my projects are small ones… so a part of a test border or block can easily be ripped out and replaced… tho would be a huge job on a big quilt…Sandwiching such a quilt would be a huge job also… But we enjoy watching your progress and hearing your plans. What a lovely border idea on the linen … Pinterest is full of suggestions.

  • Kathi Mar 31, 2017

    I love your border layout you are showing… and that picture that inspires your ideas is simply amazing and breathtaking… I would love to see a couple rows of that with the embroidery and beading… not sure if you wanted all that extra too but I think all together it really adds A LOT! Great progress on your postage stamp quilt too! 🙂 Kathi
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  • Karon Scott Mar 31, 2017

    I love the sample border you have from pinterest! But how many more hexies would it take? You have more patience that me.
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  • Dottie bishaw Mar 31, 2017

    Oh Karen, that Pinterest border would be so gorgeous! It would mean a whole lot of work, but it would be worth it. The end is in sight for the Postage Stamp quilt. Have fun planning your next step!

  • Deb Mar 31, 2017

    Wow that border with the embroidery looks amazing! 🙂
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  • Lynette Apr 6, 2017

    Oh, wow – that’s going to be really neat! I hadn’t seen your postage stamp quilt before. Love that design and the applique border around it!!

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