That means it is time to cut the striped fabric! Stripes are easy to cut because the print can be used as a cutting guide. I need strips that are 2 1/4" wide. There is a thin gold stripe with a dark band on either side. I will use this gold line as my placement guide. It will be the centre of the strips this means there will be 1 1/8" on either side of the gold line 1 1/8 + 1 1/8 = 2 1/4").
I used a 6 1/2" ruler and lined the 1 1/8" mark at the top and bottom of the ruler on the gold line. I placed white dots on the gold line for the photograph. I like to use the smaller ruler because I get a more accurate cut. A 12" ruler is just too long for this delicate job.
1 1/8" mark at the top
1 1/8" mark at the bottom
I cut and them move the ruler lining up the 1 1/8" marks and cut another six inches until I've cut the length of the fabric. Once the strip is cut I turn so the fresh cut edge is to my left. I line up the 2 1/4" mark on that edge I trim the excess fabric on the right.
I repeat this process until I have the desired number of strips.
I cut the first to strips and was so eager to see how this border would look on the quilt that I decided to stitch them to the quilt right away! I am really happy with how it looks! And when the hourglass blocks are added it is going to be a bobby dazzler!
Look how perfectly the pattern matches up on the mitre! Stripes are so much fun to work with and they add a special touch to quilts. When you know how to cut them it is a breeze and sure to impress!
I've also been working on the diamonds that will go in the border of 81. My plan was a border around the entire quilt with a line of diamonds appliqued to the background fabric to finish the quilt top as was done on the original.
My quilt "81"
Diamond border on the original
I've decided a row of single diamonds won't be substantial enough for my quilt. As I played around with the based diamonds I realized that four stitched together into a larger diamond will be more dramatic so that's what I've been doing. These are some of the diamonds I've made.
And this is what they will look like on a border strip....much better!
Until I post again, happy sewing!