Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Medallion Sewalong Border 4

 Here's my quilt all basted and ready for quilting. I'm hoping to have that done in the next two weeks.
Just remember I am not a professional quilt designer or a pro at putting patterns on the web. Thanks goes to Kaaren and her excellent help! In order to do the outer border you will need to go back to the center pattern HERE and get that. It utilizes the same pieces. (isn't that convenient?!) You will find the pattern for the date HERE.  Let me know if you have any troubles getting it. The date is reversed for using fusible paper.
First thing you will need to do is add another little border. We don't need to make anything fit so I don't like to call it a coping border, but it looks nice. Personally I think it should be the same size as the inner small border. Mine finishes at 1". When that is attached it should measure 30.5" square.

It was easier for me to sew the borders on then layout my applique pieces. I cut my borders 6" wide. Why not 6 1/2"?  I really wanted this quilt to be backed with one width of fabric.  I added my borders, top and bottom, then the sides,  then laid out my bias binding, pinned it heavily, then laid out my applique pieces and ironed them in place. Feel free to play with the layout or use the photo as an example.
Below is a tutorial on how I do my bias binding. As usual there is 101 ways to the same end result.

 This particular one is for fusible, but it was probably all I could find at the time. Feel free to fuse your vine as well, This makes 3/8" wide bias strip.
 If you want more than a straight vine you have to cut it on the bias, which looks like this. It doesn't have to be exactly 45 degrees. It's going to have some stretch regardless.
 Because my bias maker is 3/8" you double that to know what width to cut your fabric. In this instance it is 3/4".  Sew your pieces together to get a very long strip. There are  breaks at the quilt corners that you can cover the ends with an applique piece, so your strip does not need to go around the whole quilt. That is just not that easy. (at least for me!)
 Insert your fabric like this. Use a pin to push the fabric out the small end.
 Ta-da! Here it comes all folded over for you.
 Turn it over and get your hot iron ready.
 Slowly iron and pull the bias tape maker. I spray the heck out of it with starch to keep it from unfolding. Watch your fingers so you don't get burned!
Once I have my bias strip made I turn it over and iron in the position I'll need it to be on my quilt border. I use steam to help me accomplish this.

I can't think of anything else. Please ask questions if something isn't clear.
Be sure to add the link to your medallion so far -HERE.. I love seeing what you all have come up with!


  1. This is sew cute. I feel bad now that I did not sew along.. but I have too many UFO's right now before I can start another.

    Thanks so much for doing this.

  2. Yea, great tutorial on the bias tape. This is a great project, thank you! Looking forward to more applique and seeing how you quilt your quilt. Love your colors and fabrics, that green and the golds sparkle with the red, white and blue. Beautiful!

  3. Love the border and I wish I could get mine to do that.
    I have the bias maker and cut mine like they said, but it didn't curve very well.


  4. You did a great job, its very cute, I love the design!

  5. Beautiful design. And a great tute on the bias binding.

  6. Love your little quilt, Lori! It's been fun to follow along (only watching, not sewing!) and see you put this together. Amazing how different yours and Randy's look with such different fabric choices. Love it!

  7. Another wonderful little quilt! Thanks to you and Randy for designing and hosting this one together.

  8. How very sensible to have it come out so it fits on one width of fabric. I'm never thinking that far ahead. I love my clover bias makers - never thought to use starch though.

  9. I love how you did the bias stems. Great to see different methods! And I of course love the fabric!! That would've looked great on MINE!~!!

  10. Your medallion quilt looks Gorgeous!
    Congrats on a fabulous finish!

  11. Beautiful quilt...I love that you appliqued the date!

    In stitches, Teresa :o)

  12. It turned out so great. The date is such a nice touch.

  13. I just love this, love the border! more and more I am loving the dates added to quilts
    great job Lori and I know you and Randy had fun making this quilt together, its what its all about making memories.

  14. Wow! That applique border really adds so much personality to this gorgeous medallion quilt, I just love it!!!!

  15. Great instructions Lori and I have the bias tool. How many inches of bias did you use? I'd like to make it all at once!

    Thank-you so much!


  16. I love that you used the same shapes from the center on the border. This is fabulous!

  17. Great border work! I love how fun it is.:)

  18. Once DD heads home on Sunday I will be back in the sewing room and working on my projects! I am itching to get at this one.


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