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Strawberry Jam- Part 3


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Okay, let’s wrap this thing up and finish this quilt top!

The center blocks of your top are done and put together in rows, all we need now is to add our borders and the top is D-O-N-E.  The problem with borders is, the pattern tells us how to cut them the perfect size, and well… those borders…..only fit on perfect quilts.   Your quilts can come out a little over or undersized.  All those seams combined with the stretchiness(is this a word???) of fabric can lead to some distortion in your finished product.  This is the method I use to add my borders so that they are perfect every time;)

After I construct  my border strips(so they are long enough),  I don’t make the second set of cuts to the exact size.  This leaves them a little over-sized.  Next, I fold my border in half and rub my fingernail over the fold to make a crease in the fabric; marking the mid-point of my border.  Because the center of our top is 6×6 blocks, I know my  mid-point on the top is the seam between the third and fourth block.  Line up your crease with the seam and pin together, make sure right sides of fabric are facing each other.  Did I mention we are starting with the side borders?


Working on a flat surface, like your table, continue to pin your border along the quilt top. About one pin at every seam line, this is where it wants to move the most.  The trick here is not to stretch the border or the quilt top. All those seams have a lot of give…so take it easy!  If you pin too tightly, when you take out the pins it will relax and be wavy.  If you pin too loosely, you will have puckers or folds along border.  Just let the fabrics lay naturally together and you’ll be fine:)


Go ahead and pin both sides, and then sew ’em up!  Now take it to the ironing board and press open your border. Be gentle, but make sure to press your border all the way open.  Next, I lay it on my cutting mat and make sure everything looks square and then trim the excess with my ruler. Do this on both ends of each border.


Time for the top and bottom borders and…..your oh, so, sassy, Strawberry Jammy quilt top is done!

Here is mine:


Hope you like it:) Stay tuned for the finished quilt!

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Strawberry Jam- Part 1


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Well, I have been working on creating a couple of easy quilt patterns that would be perfect for new quilters to give a try. This one is called Strawberry Jam! Follow me as I piece and quilt this quick and sassy pattern.  So far I have cut all the yardage and constructed the strip blocks.  I am making this top with some fun, grey-on-grey polka dot yardage combined with strips from a jelly roll called “Odds and Ends” by Julie Comstock for Moda fabrics.  Jelly rolls make 2 1/2″ strips easy, but they are also easy to cut yourself.  I love my Shape Cut Pro Strip Ruler by June Tailor. It has slots for my rotary cutter so I can’t go wrong cutting my strips.  Here are a few tips and tricks to look out for while following this pattern:


When trimming your selvages at the end of strips, trim just enough!  If trim too heavily, you will not get enough cuts out of each strip.


Use a scant 1/4″ seam when piecing strip blocks! When you press open the strips we lose a little of our fabric in the fold. By making our seam slightly less than 1/4″ (about the width of one thread)our piecing comes out more accurate. Notice the picture on the left the line of thread is just out side my 1/4″ , and the pic on the right the line of thread is included within my 1/4″.


After sewing your first two strips together, press seams to one side and then measure to make sure you are keeping the proper width of your strips. If you are off on each of the four strips it can make the block WAY off!  If you are new do this for the first few blocks to make sure everything is going smoothly.  It is easier to fix a strip or two than 18 blocks:)


Notice the picture on the left…the seams are all pressed to the right. It doesn’t matter which direction, just all the same within the block.   The finished strip block on the right is 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″. Check with your ruler and trim any excess to square up block.  If block is too small…check the width of your seams or you may have not pressed seam all the way open.  There you go…blocks done!

Let me know if you run into any road blocks and I would love to see your pics!

Happy Quilting!

Stay tuned for Part 2—>Piecing your blocks and rows together:)

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