Sunday, April 27, 2008

Clever little unit!

Saturday mornings, for me, are reserved for watching Fons and Porter Love of Quilting on our Public TV station.

Recently they worked on this little unit, even making a mistake, right on national TV, but that only humanized them. I would be careful to not make the mistake. (You can guess the rest of THAT story!) Look what a difference it makes to simply turn the units.

But the goal of making these units is this clever border. I'd seen this in Judy Laquidara's "Nine Patch Extravaganza" and had bookmarked one of her patterns, but hadn't looked into how it was made, thinking it looked complicated. NOT. It's exactly the same unit as what I started with - a version of a quarter square triangle.

This little 4-Patch and Furrows started with a "Just hafta sew something" and a visit to www.quiltville.com. I tried very hard to make it in scraps of browns, tans, civil war looking fabrics, but the blues, garden-y fabrics won out. Not bad for scraps! I DID purchase 1/2 yd. of the border dark blue in the border. I made the unit size half of my block size and will add a white inner border of half (3 inches) of the block size. It will turn the corner very nicely.

16 comments:

dot said...

Very nice. A real calming affect.

Fiona said...

What a versatile patch, and very effective in the border.

Joyce said...

I am thinking of doing another nine patch and this border would look great on it. Another one of those things that look really complicated but are really quite simple.

jovaliquilts said...

That's an amazing border -- I really like it! Wouldn't have realized what it was if you hadn't shown that block at the beginning.

Kim said...

I like this! You are always so busy creating and sharing...thank you!

Jessica said...

What a great border! I love when totally complicated looking things turn out to be so simple - once someone spells it out to me! ~Jessica

Shelina said...

Oh how pretty and how totally clever! I think I have a quilt with a ribbon border, but I made them in diagonal rows.

Purple Pam said...

Another great quilt. You are so productive. Keep up the great work.

Julie said...

Wow! What a versatile little patch. I would never have thought of the arrangment to get that great border. I need to bookmark that for future projects. Thanks for sharing.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I saw on Judy's website that she does a lecture on borders - that is something you would be great at too because you always seem to spend the extra time/effort to put an interesting border on your quilts!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Su Bee said...

I have that one marked in Judy's book as well - and it looks fantastic on your four-patch. Not that hard to construct? - Even better!!

YankeeQuilter said...

What a wonderful final touch to your quilt. Very restful.

Sharon said...

I love that little piecework! What a versatile block, and what a neat and EASY border! It's very effective and adds such a great finishing touch. And the quilt is great! I understand about the "just gotta sew something" urge. I think Fons & Porter have the best quilt show - I need to remember to tape it!

Sweet P said...

Those are wonderful units. Isn't it interesting how just a simple turn of the fabric can create a whole new look?

andsewitis Holly said...

Elaine, I love this quilt and the border! I just may have to make one, too, if that's okay with you. It's beautiful.

Norma said...

The Fon's and Porter Half and Quarter ruler that I bought at Joann's some time ago, has this pattern in the instructions! So one thing is leading to another and..............did you use these exact units for your border or is one quarter triangle smaller than the other one?