It’s Growing In and Out

I am excited to have two more borders added to my Marcelle Medallion quilt, the one that looks like bricks and the floral fabric. Just the “plus” blocks left to do.

I have mentioned along the way that I have improvised a bit, that is, strayed from the original pattern. I want to share what I did with the brick border.

The pattern calls for piecing the brick borders and then cutting them to size and using corner stones, but I wanted it to be more continuous, to wrap around the corners (like shown above) and not have the ones on the ends chopped off.

Based on the size of my quilt so far, it worked out that 5″ bricks would piece evenly, so I started out by piecing four strips of 5″ squares, two strips with ten squares and two strips with eleven (yes, eleven) squares.

I sewed the two strips of ten squares to opposite sides of the quilt as above.
Then cut a 2 1/2″ strip off of each one, like this….

Next, sew the two strips of eleven squares on the remaining opposite sides of the quilt,

and cut a 2 1/2″ strip off those, just like the first. Now I have my first row of “bricks” attached.

Cut 4 more rectangles, each 2 1/2″ x 5″ and sew one to each of the four strips that you cut off. This makes two strips with 11 rectangles and two strips with 12 rectangles.

Match the strips back up with the sides that they were cut from, each rectangle should be off-set from the first border, creating the “brick” effect. Sew the two opposite sides on starting with the 11 rectangle strip. Press, then add the two 12 rectangle strips to the final two sides.

This is such a fun border! I think I will use this again sometime.


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18 thoughts on “It’s Growing In and Out

  1. P. says:

    Great call on the brick border! It really looks great that way. Love your color palette with the pop of coral at the corners.

  2. Loving this version! (hope you don’t mind I shared it on FB)

  3. Pretty brilliant the way you recreated the brick border. I will have to remember this technique. Your quilt is looking great and I like the different fabric patterns in your quilt. Makes is fun and interesting to look at especially with all the different patterned borders. Great job on it!

  4. Rachaeldaisy says:

    This medallion is so beautiful, I really love your fabric choices. I noticed your clever brick border straight away in the first photo, thanks for sharing how you did it.

  5. Renee says:

    Your quilt is lovely! I just love the medallion pattern, and the little things you did to make it your own!

  6. Jacque says:

    Wow! This is stunning! Love the trick with the brick pieces…. 🙂

  7. Nifty Quilts says:

    Very pretty! I like the light with the dark and the specks of orange.

  8. Mary Gregory says:

    Gorgeous medallion! I love your mix of colors.

  9. Carla says:

    I love this technique – great idea!

  10. It looks beautiful! A lovely idea for the border.

  11. Barb in Mi says:

    Wow, fabulous! Love your border solution!

  12. jan says:

    I love love this! It is looking wonderful!
    xo jan

  13. Gasp! I love your MM! I just started a quiltalong, I love this quilt so much, so when I saw you on Lee’s links I had to click through! I LOVE your borders too!!

  14. Ali says:

    Uh..WOW that’s brilliant to use 5″ squares and do that…I would’ve loved to have known this before, I will have to use that idea in the future! It’s looking fabulous too, by the way.

  15. deborah says:

    So lovely, and clever use of the charms for the brick border!

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