Happy New Year! I hope everyone had very happy holidays and are settling into a slightly calmer routine. I feel like sewing time has been short lately but for good reasons: preparing for Christmas and spending time with my kids while they are out of school.
I did squeeze in some time to start on border two of the Pixie Medallion quilt. We are making pretty good progress on our quilt along and it’s really fun to see your projects popping up on Instagram! I have some helpful tips today for speeding up your process on this border.
For this border, you’ll be making 32 of the shoo-fly blocks. I decided to go with a white background fabric since my previous border and center star have a lot of pattern and color happening. For my prints, I am choosing multi-color prints from my stash of Art Gallery Fabrics, all coordinating with my center star and first border.
I usually just cut and sew my half square triangles, but I know some people don’t like sewing them that way. If you prefer not to sew the bias edges, here is a quick method to make them without changing the cutting instructions in the pattern:
Cut your background and print squares as instructed in the pattern, but don’t cut them in half on the diagonal. Instead, mate each print square with a white square, right sides facing. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line and sew 1/4″ from that line on both sides. Cut on the pencil line, press the squares, and trim to 3 1/4″ if needed.
For the little cross shapes, I decided to just use two fabrics in shades of green. Using just one or two fabrics gives you a chance to simplify the sewing and cutting for these pieces:
From each of two prints, cut a 4 1/2″ width of fabric strip. Cut four white strips 1 3/4″ x width of fabric. Sew the white strips to either side of both print strips and press. Cut each of these strip sets into (16) 1 1/2″ sections. Use the leftovers to cut the 3 1/4″ sections. There won’t be enough of that strip set to cut all all the 3 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ pieces you need, so you’ll have to cut the rest from another piece of each print and white fabric. This method will speed up this step a lot.
I’ll be back soon to show you my shoo-fly blocks sewn up!
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