Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The mitered corner on Birds

I told you that I wanted to miter the corners of the final red strip that will surround my Birds in the Loft hexagon quilt. There are many ways to do it. I wrote about how I attached the borders and mitered the corners on my hexagon quilt Good Golly Miss Mollie here.

Good Golly Miss Mollie by Karen H 2014

To make the miter for Birds I doing it a little differently. I joined two strips of 2 1/2" red fabric by sewing a diagonal line. The result is the mitered corner.

The mitered corner is on the floor with the quilt.

At the yellow arrow you can see that folded the strip under and pressed a 1/4" seam allowance. This will be the finished edge that is on the front of the quilt and strip on the left side will be under the folded edge. To start I flipped the left strip out of the way (yellow circle) so it doesn't interfere with the pinning.

The first place I pin is at the corner (green arrow).l I want the miter to line up with the hexagon (more or less). I then continue pinning as demonstrated in my previous post.  The yellow circles indicate where I've pinned the strip so that it lines up with the seam allowance of the hexagon. The pins in the blue circles are added after to hold the hexagon tight to the strip. The other edge of the quilt is the side edge and I made sure the strip was 1/4" in from the inner "v" of the hexagon and I pinned (red circles).

I turn the quilt so that the right side is facing up and I pin the folded edge to the loose strip making sure that the strip to the left of the pin is laying flat and smooth! I thread baste the quilt to the strip and applique with red thread! Where the strips are joined will also be an applique stitch to join the strips.

So that's how I will be doing it.

Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. What beautiful work! Love both of these!

  2. Wow - such a masterpiece!!!! Thanks for the look into how you do your borders :)

  3. Hi Karen...that could be the solution for my Stjernelys-border...if I ever finish it! *lol*. Thank you so much for all the great pictures /tutorials, you always make for us. I know, how much time it takes to do this.
    Have a nice time Karen.

  4. What a clever way to miter that outer insert. Thanks!

  5. Thank you for the inspiration. I have a hexie quilt I would like to finish this way soon.

  6. Ji am going to attempt to add a border to my BOM hexagon quilt top, one of these days thanks for the tutorial. Bunny

  7. I have a friend who has ask me to quilt a antique hexie quilt. The sides are not finished straight so this gives me an idea of what to do with those edges. I can't wait to see how you quilt this, maybe get an idea of how to quilt theirs. I have truly enjoyed your process and progress on this quilt. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Beautiful Quilt ! Thanks for the insight.

  9. Very clear tutorial Karen, thank you for all these helpful tips. The quilt is looking gorgeous

  10. As always - love it and thanks for the tips :-)