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!

Happy Stitchin!


Raewyn said...

I think you did pretty darn good too!! Thankyou for the visuals on your Granny's Posies border...gives me more ideas for mine!!...
I agree with you - that quilt from your retreat weekend is a 'must do'

Thimbleanna said...

Haha -- your midnight parade sounds like fun -- well maybe! So, why do you have to spread the hexies out flat before you cute them -- can't you just cut them?

*karendianne. said...

Oh Retreat! Sounds like fun. :) I enjoyed seeing how you're laying the groundwork for Granny's Posies. Of course you hand piece. What was I thinking?! Sheesh Karen. What an embarrassment! I dig that addt'l quilt you're showing, too. Very neat and the colors really work!

em's scrapbag said...

Thanks for sharing how you will finish Granny's Posies.
I'm so happy to hear I'm not the only one that takes a camera to a retreat and forgets to take pictures.