Having recovered from the angst of the sew and flip method, it’s time to move along to the next potential hurdle in this quilt: assembling the top and adding those mitered borders! Before the borders, you need to assemble the center out of the sashing strips, cornerstones, and setting triangles. I find it easier to lay out the blocks and setting pieces on a design wall or design floor, as it were, and assemble the diagonal rows one at a time, and doing double duty with the piano key border assembly as leaders and enders.
The center assembly will need to be trimmed up before the borders are attached, and you may find it helpful to use a light starch treatment on the outside edges of the quilt center before the mitered borders are stitched on. Then all your border pieces get assembled into the units, and bada bing, bada boom, the video tutorial above will help you get that perfect mitered quilt border! Of course if you really detest mitered quilt borders, there are instructions in the pattern for attaching them as a straight set borders.
That feels like quite a week for you all, so hang in there and next week it will be time to plan the quilting and finish this quilt up. And we’ll have the Big Reveal of our finished version of the Lucky Star quilt, too; we can’t wait to show you!
Don’t forget, the pattern comes with three sizes of quilts – couch (74 x 74″), twin (74 x 92″), or queen (92 x 92″). The number of strips you need will increase for the bigger sizes, but a standard jelly roll can make either the couch or the twin. You can still catch up if you’ve not got the pattern yet!
- Aug 6: Introduction
- Aug 13: Picking Fabrics
- Aug 20: Cutting
- Aug 27: Stitching Blocks
- Sep 3: Piecing the Top
- Sep 10: Selecting a Quilt Design and Quilting
Click through to our shop to see the pattern and the fabric requirements to see if you want to dive in and participate; on the pattern page, click on “Description” to see the fabric requirements. The videos in the series will be freely available even if you’re not participating in the quilt along, and we’d love to see what you make!