Monday, July 23, 2012

Using Border Prints for Quilts and Pillows

Using Border Prints for Quilts and Pillows

border prints make interesting quilt blocks
Use Border Prints for Interesting Quilt Blocks

Some fabrics have strips of design elements throughout the fabric and some have the strip at one or both ends. These fabrics make beautiful skirts, and Daisy Kingdom cornered the market on little girls’ dress fabrics several years ago. If you have any border prints, consider using them for quilting or for making pillows. 

Check the print by tearing it along the edge of a border design. You want to see if the printing is straight on the fabric. Surprisingly, most border prints are accurate. That’s not true for all printed fabrics, and it’s important for quilting or piecing that the fabric is printed straight with the fabric threads to avoid visible errors.

Border prints make strips for quilting projects
Tear Border Strips to Make Certain They are Printed Straight

Select contrasting fabrics, and plan a design or find a pattern you like. You’ll need a design that uses strips of fabric, not circles or wedges. Log cabin style designs are ideal, and you can make your own design by starting with a center square in the size you want to work with. I use at least 2 1/2 inches for center squares, and that makes a 2 inch finished center. If your border print is 2 1/2 inches, it will look like you did some careful planning. Make some fabric strips to start -- a light color if your border print is dark or a dark color if your border print is light. It doesn’t have to be a solid color -- try small prints or monochromatic designs. 

Add the Border Print Around the Edge
Start with a Center Square and Add a Square on Each Side

Add a block on each side of the center block. It will be the same size as the center. Using one of your long strips of fabric, add a strip on each side of the three blocks and cut off at the end so it’s even with the 3-block square. Your design will now be a center square with a square around it. It’s time to try your border print that you’ve cut into a strip. Add that strip next and cut at the end or let it extend beyond the edge by the size of the border. In other words, if your border print is 2 1/2 inches wide, leave 2 1/2 inches on one end before you start to sew the strip to the block. You can make two long sides and two short ones or you can make all four sides the same. Border prints seem to do better with two short sides and two long ones. Add another strip beyond the border print if you want large quilt blocks for a pillow or a quilt. 

Using border prints adds interest to the quilt block
Use the Border Print Twice to Make a Large Block

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