Tuesday, March 19, 2013

{Post 1,135} Border of Spool Quilt FINISHED!!


My b-friends are THE best!!  Thanks to my friend, Sam, who I have actually met in person a couple times (once at my house, once at hers), I have the perfect solution to the "I-want-them-to-look-mitered-but-don't-want-to-take-the-time-to-piece-extra-length" border corner.  Seriously.  

Normally when one miters a border, they make extra length, fold the quilt center at a 45-degree angle (pause for me frantically searching for a degree mark on my keyboard--there ain't one), then mark, sew, and cut the border fabric.  Another scrap generator.  

Sam suggested (and even emailed me a hand-drawn pattern in PDF) that I paper-piece huge HSTs and put them on.  So without further ado, I present:



That is exactly the look I wanted, I just didn't want to generate any more scraps.  Mission accomplished.  I am in the process of piecing a backing now (in which I get to use most of my 20 spools from the first potential border).  Such a win-win-win situation.  Three widths of fabric is about 4" too short for the backing, so I'm inserting the 6" spool blocks to supplement.  I am even including the last 3 spools for which there was not room on the front of the quilt so that I use every. last. one.

~Joan

8 comments:

Kath said...

Phew! a labour of love indeed. You must be very proud :-)

Rete said...

Very nice! I love all the scrappy colors :)

Raewyn said...

Beautiful - well done!! I love this!

Ruth said...

I love it! It looks great!

momtofatdogs said...

I really love how that turned out. I was NOT trying to rain on your (previous) parade with the other corner...and I volunteered my opinion. but you are crediting me with more than I deserve. I am woefully inadequate at math, so the easier solution the better. And when I paperpiece a quilt???? I look incredibly smart. And talented. Just quilted my last PP Quilt. Come take a look

Sam

Leeanne said...

Great out come! yeah for Sam! a real stunner of a quilt.

Janet O. said...

Excellent solution! Wonderful!

grannyanne said...

I have been following this quilt as you have made it. What a wonderful way to finish. I have been making spools as a leader and ender and this looks like a winning pattern to me. I hope you don't mind if I copy your idea???? LOL.