Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Polka Dot Bikini: QAL, Border Blocks

Good Evening, it is February 20th, and that means it’s time to check our progress on the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along. Our goal for today is to have 16 of the center blocks done, how did you do?

I have seen some great pictures on Instagram and Flickr…so exciting to see the projects and different ideas for colors.

Tonight’s post topic is the border blocks. Our goal for the next link up, March 6th, is to have four border blocks plus the four corner blocks completed.


I got my markers out again to experiment with some ideas for those checker borders. In the diagram above, I placed the colored squares in diagonal rows in each block. This kind of reminds me of the scrappy trip-along blocks. You could organize the colors like this in a planned way.


I love how this looks with the squares in a checker pattern all over. Be Warned: this one takes planning! Β  The placement of the colored squares is not the same for each block/corner.

Or, the good old random, scrappy look! This is one of my blocks. I am loving this color combo so much!!
To speed up the piecing of all the squares, I suggest you cut the fabrics in 3″ strips, then sew the strips together in pairs.


…then cut the strips in 3″ sections. These sections are then sewn together randomly to create the block components:


Now it’s your turn! if you are quilting along with me, please link up your progress. You don’t have to be at the goal, just show what you have done so far. You can link up your flickr page or a blog post, or leave a comment and tell us how to find you on Facebook or instagram. I will draw one person from the link up to win a prize next week, stay tuned!
Please be sure and link back here to this page if you are writing a blog post.

thanks for joining me! I hope you are having fun with this quilt,


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7 thoughts on “Polka Dot Bikini: QAL, Border Blocks

  1. Hahaha! Well I’m working away on mine:) enjoying the process. I’m givbludplayhocky on IG if anyone we like to see my layout. Going to do black and white check for my border, but in a wavy design… πŸ˜‰

  2. Kris says:

    So far so good. I am with you. I had a huge push to get caught up this far. I think the easiest thing for me is to do a scrappy border with varies KF prints I have but not sure. I laid out the 16 centers and my husband says good so I guess I will keep going. πŸ™‚

  3. Kris says:

    P.S. I don’t have instagam but I would love to see what everyone is doing on this…can you link or post the others here or flickr?

  4. I’m working away On mine! And I don’t think a little watermelon smoothie would hurt at all;)

  5. Kris says:

    Okay Huge question? I am trying to put the little triangle on the border blocks since I am doing the original cornerstone version. I can’t seem to figure out on the border blocks where to cut off the corner for my little triangle. If I cut it like I cut the center blocks it might or might not match the centers when I go to sew them together but really I mainly am worried about the cut. I cut allowing 1/4″ seam. Then my pod shape is whole with the triangle snugged up to it. However I can see that when I go to put my scrappy border curved piecing on it will cut the point right off the pod and cause the triangle to be way off. i know I am missing something…I think I need to sew the triangle into the tip of the pod so that when I sew the other seem I will have a point again?? right??? Help Watermelon smoothie might not help this situation. πŸ™‚

  6. Kris says:

    By jove I think I have it figured out! Sorry for the panic. πŸ™‚

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