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So get hopping, folks - then come back here to see today's step for the quilt-along...
Today you'll be working on the sixth block for your quilt. Does yours look like mine, or are you a "corners first" person? Whichever you are, keep at it - you're in the home stretch! If you need the block construction instructions again, you can find them here.
And now for the next steps on my medallion version of this quilt! I decided I wanted a checkerboard border as the next round, so my next step was to decide what size it should be. I waffled around between 2" squares and 1" squares, but when I drew out a sample of each size, it was definitely the 1" squares which pleased my eye the most. But 1" squares! Oh my gosh, the horror of the thought of sewing over four hundred 1.5" squares almost stopped me in my tracks. But then I realized that I could do strip construction pretty easily. I found two reds in my stash that worked well together AND worked with the reds in the quilt, and cut 1.5" WOF strips...
...and sewed them together in pairs along the long edges. Then I cross-cut the strips to yield lots of little two-patch blocks. (TIP: Use a shorter stitch length when you plan to cross-cut, so your stitching holds well.) I was pretty sure that two sets of strips would yield me enough 2-patch units to make one edge of the border, so that's how I did it, rather than doing all of them at one time. I told you I have a short attention span, right?
Then came the chain piecing - LOTS of chain piecing! But because I was only working on one border, it wasn't too boring. After sewing them together in pairs and pressing, I took those 4-patch blocks and sewed them together into 8-patch blocks, pressing once again. Then I sewed all the 8-patch blocks into a long strip, pressing after I finished the strip. And see how nice it looks with the rest of the quilt?
I did manage to get two more sets of these borders done before I had to write this post...
...and I'm really pleased with how they are looking. I want to put another skinny white border between the checkerboards and the trees, and another white border on the outside, so that's my next step. That will be my task for today.
I hope you are enjoying your own progress on this quilt - see you tomorrow!