Hello again C&V readers! Another month brings us another border on our mini medallion quilt. Are you sewing along? Don’t forget to show us your minis … Keep sending me links in your comments and tagging me @sewlux on Instagram with #minimedallionqal ! 🙂
This month, we’re revisiting the flying geese block from the center square. Cut all the squares and rectangles and chain piece them and you’ll have this border complete in no time!
Are you ready for our next border?
Month 3 – Sew Border #2:
Cut the following:
- From Background: Cut four 2.5″ squares and thirty-two 2.75″ squares
- From each of 2 Yellow Prints: Cut eight 2.75″ x 4.75″ rectangles (you’ll need a total of 16 rectangles)
- From the Grey Solid: Cut two 1.5″ x WOF strips – subcut to two 1.5″ x 14.5″ strips and two 1.5″ x 16.5″ strips.
Sew as follows:
Attach the two 1.5″ x 14.5″ solid grey strips to two opposite sides of the medallion. Sew using a 1/4″ seam and press toward the grey border.
Then, sew the two 1.5″ x 16.5″ grey strips to the remaining two sides. Again, using a 1/4″ seam and pressing toward the grey border.
TIP: When I am sewing a simple border to a pieced strip, I like to have the flat fabric (in this case the grey solid) on the bottom. This helps me make sure the bulky seams don’t get hung up in my feed dogs and I can also make sure I am not cutting off any points on half square triangles or geese with my seam allowance.
Now its time to make some geese! You’ll make 16 flying geese units. (Note: I like to make my geese slightly larger and then trim to size for more accurate piecing. If you have a different method for making geese that you prefer, go for it! Diagrams for piecing and trimming are shown on this month’s pattern download.)
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the thirty-two 2.75″ background squares using a removable pen or pencil.
Place a background square on top of a yellow rectangle, right sides together, and sew along the line. Trim away the excess, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance, and press toward the background. Repeat on the other side of the rectangle with a second background square.
Once you have made all the geese, its time to trim them. We will trim to 2.5″ x 4.5″. I like to use a Bloc Loc Flying Geese ruler, but this can also be achieved with a regular ruler.
We’re almost done! Next, sew four geese units together to make a strip for the border. Repeat to make four border strips, alternating the two yellow prints.
Sew one geese border strip to the top and bottom of the medallion using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press toward the grey border.
Next, sew a 2.5″ background square on the ends of the remaining two geese border strips. Press toward the background square.
Sew these two geese border strips to the remaining sides of the medallion using a 1/4″ seam allowance to complete the border. Press toward the grey border strip.
You’re all done!
Here’s a downloadable file for this month’s border pattern with step-by-step instructions.
I hope you enjoyed making this border with me! I can’t wait to sew with y’all again next month!
If you are sewing along and sharing on Instagram, tag us @cloverandviolet @cloverandviolet2 and @sewlux and use #minimedallionqal
Happy Sewing! 🙂