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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Finishing the Edge
A few of you have asked me how I am going to finish off the edge of my Granny's Posies quilt. This is how the outer edge looks after I join the rows. I want to add a border and then quilt as usual, so my first step is to make it a straight edge.
To do that, I have to remove the tacks I put in the outside of the corners, and press the the hexies flat.
Next I stay stitch right right along the line where the hexies meet. I sew two rows of stay stitching to give it added strength.
Then I measure 3/4 inch from the outer edge of the hexie. This measurement would depend on the size hexie you have made and it is approximately 1/2 the width of the hexie.
Finally I trim off off the excess, and there you have it...a nice straight edge to add a border.
I have been at retreat this past weekend and had a wonderful time. I took my camera and of course did not take pictures, except for one quilt I was fascinated with. This one will definitely go on my bucket list. The quilt looks so complicated, but when you see the blocks up close, they almost look like a modified rail fence, with the center rail split diagonally. I think I can do this!
We did have some excitement Saturday night as the cabins had a little septic backup at 11:30pm and we had to be moved to another location. So here we go - all us senior ladies with our pillows and blankies parading around the campground in our jammies. Hmmm..maybe the midnight parade can become an annual event!
I didn't finish anything at retreat to show you, but I did make progress....I am now over half done with quilting on my Circus Stars, I completed another row for my Granny's Posies quilt and I finished my third flower block on my Cottage Grove quilt - and I think that is pretty darn good!