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Chapter Four: Making Your Quilt Bigger by Adding Borders

Kate Carlson Colleran C&T Publishing ePub

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Making Your Quilt Bigger by Adding Borders

How do you make a quilt bigger? One way is to make more blocks. Sometimes that is a good thing; other times, well, you just can’t bear the thought!

Other ways to make a quilt bigger would be to make bigger blocks, or to add borders or make the existing borders bigger. Take the quilt Line Dance. It has three borders, but none of them are very big. You could easily make them a little bigger to get a bigger quilt.

How do you decide what size to make the borders? Well, there are theories on good proportions, but to make it easy, keep in mind the size of your blocks. If the borders are bigger than the size of the block, they may overwhelm the quilt and the blocks will get lost.

So for Line Dance, the block is 8˝ finished. The current borders are 1˝ wide, 2˝ wide, and 3˝ wide. So overall the borders are less than the finished size of the block. A good rule of thumb is to make the borders one-half to two-thirds the size of the block. But really, like color, it is more of a personal decision. You may like big borders; many of our quilts don’t have big borders. But that gives you lots of leeway to make them bigger!

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Suite 10: Ornamental Leaves Scroll

Jessica Schick C&T Publishing ePub

SUITE 10: Ornamental Leaves Scroll

JSBK0101 Ornamental Leaves Element (Available from the link in computer-assisted quilting and embroidery formats)

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK0102 Ornamental Leaves Element 2 (Available from the link in computer-assisted quilting and embroidery formats)

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK0102V1 Ornamental Leaves Block

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK0102V2 Ornamental Leaves Kaleidoscope Star

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK0102V4 Ornamental Leaves Medallion

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK0102V3 Ornamental Leaves Star

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

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Drop

Cameli, Christina C&T Publishing ePub

  DROP

The drop shape is pointed at one end and curved at the other. It can be fat or skinny as needed. Sometimes the point of the drop will be left open. Sometimes a drop will bend to one side. Open drop shapes can be easily joined in a fan arrangement or a vertical column.

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Chapter 1. Once Upon a Thread

Salley Mavor C&T Publishing ePub

THE AUTHOR’S STORY

Salley at Rhode Island School of Design, 1977

y favorite way of working is in mixed media. For as long as I can remember, I have felt that my pictures were plain and unfinished unless something real was glued, stapled, or sewn onto them. I have found a method of working that allows me to explore and play with a variety of supplies and techniques. Although I have no set formula, the common thread in my work is, well, thread. I embroider, wrap, and sew felt and found objects together, creating three-dimensional scenes in relief that are photographed and reproduced in picture books and on posters and cards.

Growing up in a home full of art, music, and dance contributed to my belief that creative expression is a fundamental part of life, defining who we are as individuals and as a society. When I was a little girl, my sister and I spent countless hours creating a miniature world with our toys and found objects. Scraps of cloth, old buttons, snaps, and eyehooks became clothes, accessories, and furnishings for our dolls. Our measure of excellence was the impeccable doll clothes sewn by our Southern great-aunts, Dell and Alma Salley.

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Crossroads

Amy Walsh C&T Publishing ePub

by Amy Walsh, 84″ × 84″

After green, blue is definitely my favorite color. An old project I started in a design class inspired me to use this collection of batiks, all of which are blue or relatives of blue. I love the way these fabrics go together. Finishing this quilt made me want to try it in other analogous palettes.

FINISHED BLOCK: 6″ × 6″

FINISHED QUILT: 84″ × 84″

The following yardage makes a queen-size quilt. Refer to the Crossroads chart (page 41) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted blue and green batiks: 40 strips 6½″ × 42″ or 7½ yards total or 33 fat quarters

Backing: 8 yards

Binding: ¾ yard

Batting: 94″ × 94″

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I used more than 40 different fabrics in the Crossroads quilt to get the look and texture that I wanted. The more fabrics, the better! Dig into your stash to find your most interesting batiks. If you are lacking, ask a quilting friend—or better yet, go shopping!

Crossroads is made up of 3 different blocks. You can make subtle changes to the look of this quilt by altering the number of each block you include. We made an equal number of all 3 blocks, interspersing them randomly throughout the quilt.

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