Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tumbling Blocks Tutorial - Part 3 - Finishing Borders



I completed the top for my Tumbling Blocks Table Topper!


First I cut off the points in the setting triangles on the top and bottom to form a straight edge with a quarter inch seam allowance for adding the border strips.


The I cut four 4" WOF strips for the border.  I decided that since the finished dimension of the diamonds in the blocks is 3 inches that a 3.5" finished border would be good proportionally.  This will finish my topper to the 25" square that I planned.  I will go with the tiny black print that I used for the dark fabric in the blocks for the binding as it really frames the quilt well.


I pinned and sewed on the borders ...

... and now I have another top ready for quilting.
Must get quilting!

I am finishing up the binding on my Snowpeople Table Runner today ...


I sewed down the white flange first because it seemed that despite pressing it was standing up a little on my runner and I wanted to sew it down before I did the hand sewing on the binding to hide the seam line under the binding folded to the back.

Then I started handsewing the binding to the back ...


... with a lot of help from "The 'Niss," as my hubby has taken to calling Katniss.


Katniss really likes to take a close-up look as my Quilty Inspector.
She is sew helpful ... ;-)

Part 4 ~ Quilting and Finishing

 ... and photos of my new small quilt.

Enjoy!

:)

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