|Whew! that was a lot of cutting, ironing and sewing!|
|These are the fabrics for the border.|
Jana wanted to stay with the red, black and white theme. After 25 stars she was done with them. But the quilt needed to be bigger. Borders were the answer. She realized that she needed something different to frame the quilt. (It's so nice to just be able to shop grandma's stash). We had two yards of the tree ring fabric so no piecing was needed for the first border. At first she did not understand why we did not just sew the border with a straight seam, but when she saw the results she understood how much better mitered borders look.
What attracts us to certain fabrics? I love anything organic, having to do with earth or plants. When Jana saw the tree rings she said, "The last thing we learned about this year in school is that tree rings help you know how old a tree is." That was not the only reason she picked this fabric, but it does add an interesting element. We laughed that when she sees this quilt on dad's bed it will always remind her of the 4th grade.
This is the first quilt where Jana added a border. She learned to piece the border and measure the border from the middle so her sides stay even. She was surprised how easy it is to make a mitered border.
|Here is how you piece together your border.|
|Trim the extra fabric|
|Measure at the middle.|
|Here goes the borders.|
We sew on an oval table, so it can make it difficult to keep the quilt from falling off the edge. Jana used an old chair to hold the extra fabric.
|Will the sewing ever end?|
|So happy how the borders came together.|
|Our favorite block|
|All Done! Off to the quilter!|
|The perfect backing fabric|
|What a special quilt: Designed and Made by an 11 year old daughter with love for her father.|