Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Scrap Quilt #5, Pineapple with Floating Borders

I redid the corners.  While all ended correctly, I DID have to futz and fiddle those squares on point, unsewing numerous seams and scanting them up on top and bottom.  Finally, I am near the "bottom of the barrel" from the original box of scraps, and I had to purchase the green border squares on point fabric.

                           

This is an example of a floating border (if you have never floundered through calculations) .  I.e., you have the quilt center DONE and you have the pieced BORDERs done and now have to figure that inner white border which frequently ends up a different width on top/bottom, different from width on sides.  I followed instructions from Gyleen Fitzgerald, and the FIRST things she says is "put your brain on the shelf and just do what the instructions say".  That is easier said than done!  after I second guessed, third guessed , ..... 12 guessed, and finally rechecked my own WRONG figures,  yes, if I had just followed her instructions, I would have saved a lot of anxiety.  Yes, get pencil/paper, measuring tape and calculator and do what she says!  This is the second floating border I've done using her technique, and it does work.

It needs another plain border, then binding, then DONE.  Notice there are 2 different blocks.

4 comments:

cbott said...

It's nice to see you posting more often again!

What DVD contains Gyleen's instructions?

Carolyn

Janet O. said...

Very nice job. I have instructions for that floating border from another teacher--can't remember who just now, but it is probably similar. It doesn't sound like it will work, but it does!
Are there really two different blocks, or is it one block design with different value placement? Inquiring minds want to know.

grammilou said...

That is beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing the whole finished quilt!

Ruth said...

I have heard about the instructions for getting the border to fit and I have never done it. I don't really make very many pieced borders, but it is something that I want to be able to do when I decide to.