Friday, May 28, 2010

Sew and Tell Friday - 2 Real Finishes, A Top, and a Tutorial!

Hi, all!!

It has been a productive week at my house - finally!!  The two Super-Size Shoo Fly quilts are completely finished - quilted, bound, and photographed!!  

I really love the way these came out - but now I need your help!  Both of these quilts are just crying out for names - but I'm terrible at naming things!  Well, except for the snake in our backyard - his name is Severus Snake (for all you Harry Potter fans out there!) 

 But most of the time, the perfect name for something occurs to me long after I need it.....  So I welcome your suggestions for each of these two quilts!   Update:  Thanks to everyone for their wonderful suggestions!  The brown quilt is now called "Chocolate On My Mind" and the light quilt is "Summer Wreaths".  Thanks so much and I'll have two more next Friday for naming!!

Remember the Sunbonnet Sue blocks my friend gave me?  Here's the top that I completed this week using them.  Notice the cornerstones in the two borders?  Well, I usually avoid cornerstones like the plague because I always have trouble making the blocks match up perfectly in the corner.  But this quilt really needed those cornerstones.  Then I flashed on a technique I saw in a recent quilting magazine of using partial seams.......  So I did my cornerstones like this:

1.  I cut the side border pieces at least 2 inches longer than I needed each piece to be, and cut four cornerstones.

2.  I sewed one cornerstone to each border piece, ending up with four pieces, two in each size, consisting of a border and a cornerstone.  Press the seams toward the cornerstone.

3.  Choosing the proper size border piece for the side I wanted to start on (it really doesn't matter where you start with this technique), I matched the end of the border piece at the cornerstone to the corner of the quilt.  Holding it in place, I pinned my first pin a couple of inches in, then pinned down the rest of the  edge.  You should have some leftover fabric at the end of your pinning.  Starting at your first pin, sew the seam.  This will leave the cornerstone "waving in the breeze", but you'll get back to it later.

4.  Square off the edge of the quilt with the excess border.  Press the seam toward the quilt.

5.  Beginning where you just trimmed, pin the next strip, matching the cornerstone to the border you just sewed on and the quilt seam.  Sew the seam all the way to the end.  You should have some excess fabric at the end of this seam.

6.  Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have sewn on all four border strips.  Square off the last strip, being very careful not to cut your quilt top or the first strip you sewed on.

7.  Now, take the cornerstone that is "waving in the breeze" and attach it to the last strip you sewed on.  Voila!   You now should have four perfect cornerstones, and you didn't have to do any of that pesky exact measuring!!

NOTE:  If you sew on two borders, both with cornerstones, you will have to adjust the direction you press your seams to accommodate matching the corners.

Here's the proof that the corners come out perfectly:

(This little "quilt" I made for the tutorial took twenty minutes, start to finish, including picking out the fabric to make it with and taking the pictures.  See how easy?  I think I'll finish it off now for my granddaughter's doll bed!)

Now, I know some of you more experienced quilters out there may have been doing your cornerstones like this for years - but when I googled cornerstones, I didn't find any similar instructions, so hopefully this will help someone else!!

Be sure to check out Amy's Sew and Tell Friday - I'm so grateful to have real finishes this week, and I should have two more next week!  I can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to!!




  1. Great little tut, your corners are perfect! I'm terrible at names too, but the back of the green/blue one reminds me of AT&T's cell coverage bar commercials (in a good way) Nice work.

  2. That's a neat technique for doing cornerstones. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm coming up with nothing on the names for those Super-Size Shoo Fly quilts, but they sure are pretty. Loving the orange and the chocolate background on the first one, especially. It reminds me of chocolate ring donuts with frosting and sprinkles. Yummy! Can you tell I'm hungry?

  3. Beautiful!! Thanks for the tip on the cornerstones!

    As for names I'm probably not much help, but I keep having the Shoo Fly ditty run through my head, so if it were me, one would be "For I Belong" and the other would be "Belong to somebody"

  4. Sarah,

    You have been busy! Those quilts are darling - and I especially love the back!!!

  5. You have been pretty productive! The super-size Shoo Fly quilts are gorgeous, so nice color and beautiful bacing and quilting. I have a sugestion for a name on the green one; Summer Wreaths. I had the same assosiation as P. about the brown one.

  6. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm getting close to finishing my first big quilt (well, big for me!) and this helps tremendously.

  7. OMG! I thought of doughnuts too. We all need to get off the computer and get a snack! My daughter says they are Flower Doughnuts. Summer Wreaths sounds great!

  8. Your work is always so beautiful!

  9. Great job and what a darling little assistant you have there! :o)

  10. Maybe those of us who struggle with names could just start using numbers for our quilts! The pictures of your little granddaughter playing under the quilts are adorable!

  11. Oh goodness.... love those super sized shoo fly's! They are beautiful!

  12. Wow, have you been busy! It all looks great!


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