Friday, April 3, 2015

Podunk Posy- Inner Borders Tutorial

Let's just jump in and get these inner borders done!  
My plan was to use gingham or plaid for the inner border and binding.  Well I don't have enough of either print.

This cute tiny floral fabric in my stash will take the place of the gingham border.  Sooo.....Let's get cutting!

From White yardage
(5) 2" x WOF strips
sew together end to end and then 
(2) 48.5" x 2"
(2) 51.5" x 2"

From the Green yardage
(6) 2" x WOF strips
sew together end to end and then 
(2) 51.5" x 2"
(2) 54.5" x 2"

Sew on the white borders as shown below, sides first...

Then add the top and bottom white borders.
 Attach the  green in the same manner, sides first then the top borders

Those pictures make it look so easy, huh?  Patterns rarely tell you how they make the borders, they just tell you to do it.  So today I'm sharing with you how I piece and subcut my borders.  
In the picture below I've sewn all 6 green 2" x WOF together end to end.   Seams are pressed open to help hide the seam.  Another thing you could do to help hide those seams is to diagonally piece them just as you would bias binding.  The print is so small on this fabric that the diagonal isn't necessary.

Next is the Subcutting to the correct length.  Here's a shot of my set up on the cutting table.

The cookie jar full of scraps holds the long strip in place.  I've line up a measuring tape with the lines in the cutting mat.  Then used large paper clips to hold it in place.   Now all I need to do is make sure my fabric is lined up with the end of the pink measuring tape and the lines on the cutting mat.

Another large paper clip holds the other end of the measuring tape to prevent shifting.  

My strip needs to be cut at 51.5".  The numbers on the cutting mat are IGNORED, I get my measurement from the pink measuring tape.  So I line up my ruler with the lines on the tape and the mat, then cut.  

This system worked great until my last cut.  The solid red lines indicate seams.  I really don't like having 2 seams on one border strip.  And the cut (red dashed line) would be really close to the last seam.  

So I flipped the fabric ends.  The end that hangs off the table is now under the cookie jar.   Now there's only one seam and it's not so close to the corner.

Then...Wham Bam!....Alakazam!....we have the center complete!

One more picture just because and so I can tell you where to find the other tutorials and fabric requirements for this quilt.

If you have any question or find an error please let me know!

~ Lea Anne ~
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  1. Wow! That is a GORGEOUS quilt (as usual for you). Your instructions in your tutorials and your photos are just amazing. You are one of the most talented designers I've seen (and I've seen almost all of them). I still can't figure why you don't put these on Craftsy and make some money. I also wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your sweet comments and support during all the crap I've been going through. You are a wonderful friend and person. I think the world of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Love ya! Bev

  2. Thanks, Lea Ann. I do love this pattern - tulips hold a special place in my heart. Though I'm not ready to begin a new project, I've saved the instructions for the time being.

  3. Love your clip and measuring tape idea. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

  4. What a great idea for cutting the borders, I would have never thought of that!

  5. Can we also have the butterfly pattern?


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