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Darlene's Mystery Quilt, step 7

Darlene's Mystery Quilt, step 7

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Published by dardeon64
The final step - the braid border
The final step - the braid border

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Categories:Topics, Art & Design
Published by: dardeon64 on Aug 02, 2013
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Step 7 - The Braid BorderI hope you’ve all enjoyed making this quilt as much as I’ve enjoyed designing it andsharing it with you!The braid border, in my opinion, this is another pretty easy border. Quite a bit of sewing,but simple sewing!Cutting Instructions:From one scrap of a dark or medium, cut 1 - 2 1/2” square, for the starting block.2” strips - From all of your mediums and darks, you will need around 40 strips, give ortake a few.Counter cut those strips into 2” x 5” units, you will need around 320. You can stackseveral of these strips together and cut a few at once.
From one dark, cut 4 - 5 1/2” squares for corner blocks.Sewing Instructions:Starting with that one 2 1/2” square, stitch one of the 5” strips to one side of it. Fingerpress the seam allowance towards the 5” strip.Sew another strip to the adjacent side, which starts the braid. Alternating sides, continueto add the strips. Finger press the seam allowances as you go towards the new strip.Just keep on sewing, and adding strips. At some point, you’ll want to measure it and seeif you think you might have enough for one side, just keep on sewing lol!!
At this point, you should measure the width and the length of the quilt, write down themeasurements, you’ll need the later.You will need two borders, cut to the length of the sides of the quilt. This border is goingto have alot of give, because the fabrics in the border are being attached on the biasededge rather than the straight. Therefore you will need to make sure that you don’tstretch the border when you measure it against the quilt. I laid my quilt out flat on thefloor, and laid the border against one side making sure nothing was over stretched.Then I cut the border flush with the ends of the quilt. Repeat with the opposite side.At this point, you have to cut off the excess from the sides of your borders. Lay theborder right side up on your cutting matt. Start with the bottom of the border strip. You’regoing to cut the right side of the border off. The border will measusre 5 1/2” wide whenyou’re finished cutting. Find the centre of the width of the border. Align the 2 3/4” line ofyour ruler along the centre of the border.( Just a note: My finger pointinghere in the picture is not in any particular spot, I should have pointed out the 2 3/4” line)

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