Here we are going on our first border for the Pixie Medallion quilt! Thanks to all who are participating and welcome to anybody ready to join. You can find out about the Quilt Along and links to all the posts so far, Here. Pixie Medallion Quilt pattern is available, Here.
At this point you have your center star sewn and maybe have your stop borders on too. If you are following the pattern, you will have two narrow borders around the center star. There is some room for adjustment if your center star block doesn’t come out exactly the right measurement, so don’t worry. Refer to your instructions on how to cut the borders if yours isn’t the right size. Once you have added the two narrow borders, you do want the block to be exactly right so your next border fits.
I have sewn a yellow border onto my star block, and I want to share one tip that I always practice with narrow strips like this: first, cut them 1/4″ wider than you need. Next, measure your quilt at the center (in this case the star block) and cut two border strips to that length. Sew them to the top and bottom of the block (or your quilt, if it’s a quilt border). Then rotate the quilt and measure the quilt again at the center, this time including the added borders. Cut the last two strips to that length and sew them to the top sides of the quilt. Cutting the strips to the correct length and then pinning and sewing them to the quilt will help ensure they lay flat, rather than getting ruffly. I always pin border strips to keep them lined up and evenly feeding through the machine. I have a tutorial specifically about adding border to quilts, Here.
Once the borders are all sewn, trim to the correct width (don’t forget to leave seam allowance). I do this because narrow strips can get distorted when you sew or press them. By cutting them a bit wider and then trimming down, I know the finished result will be perfectly straight.
Next up, the four patch snowball blocks. These are such cute and really simple-to-make blocks. I am choosing to do my four patches in blues and pinks. It feels so good to use fabric in my stash! Bringing these pretties out of hiding to shine. You have a couple of options for making the four patch blocks. If you are using a lot of scraps, you will cut individual squares and sew them together. If you are using larger pieces, cut strips.
My favorite tools for cutting a lot of the same size pieces is the June Taylor rulers. They are slotted cutting rulers that make quick work of cutting squares, rectangles and strips. For my four patch blocks, I am sewing blue and pink strips to each other. Then I can line up several of these strip units on my cutting board and use the ruler to cut all of them into the two patches super quickly.
These are going to be such cute little blocks! I can’t wait to see how my border looks with the center star. If you are joining the quilt along, be sure and post your progress on instagram using #greatpixieqal and #pixiemedallion. Follow me (@colorgirlquilts) and my co-host, Wendy (@thenextstitch) as we make progress on our Pixies too.
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