Today’s Topic: How to Divide and Conquer a Quilt Border
Welcome to Week Eleven of The Better Machine Quilt-a-long based on my book 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting.
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Good Morning, Quilters!
Today we are going to dip into quilt design and learn how to divide and conquer a quilt border in a creative way!
Wide quilt borders and sashing don’t have to be boring. Divide the border to create smaller, more manageable shapes for quilt design.
For our nine-patch quilt, we will divide the border to create an “on-point” look.
Mark the Lines
First, place a dot on the center of each border and 1/2 inch from the raw edge.
Connect the dots with a straight edge.
Erase the lines that cross the center nine patch and sashing.
This leaves four small triangles and four large triangles to design.
For my quilt, I filled the small triangles with closely spaced wavy lines.
Spend some time doodling motif options. Each of the remaining corners can be the same motif or all four corners can be different motifs.
I opted for Grid Pop HERE
and (Page 140 of Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3) in opposing corners and stitched it in two different sizes. I chose Grid Pop because it repeats the square pattern of the nine patch and unites the quilt top design with the quilting design.
Design by Division
Whenever you are faced with a large blank area for quilting-try dividing the space into smaller sections. Long borders can be divided into triangles or squares and large blocks can be subdivided into smaller squares and triangles. It’s always easier to design smaller segments.
Also, when you are designing your quilt tops–consider adding wide borders to add machine quilting motifs.
What about YOU?
Do YOU ever think about quilting motifs as you plan your quilt top?
Is there a wide border or sashing in one of your UFOs?
Are YOU a committed doodler?
We’d LOVE to hear!
YOUR Conquering Quilter,
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