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Designer Duo Finishing

Is it me or did this quilt along seem to fly by? The variety of fabric choices and the speed at which participants have sewn is impressive! Checking the Facebook group to see what's going on with everyone has become the favorite part of my day. Also, each day new quilters are joining the Facebook group, so there will be lots more fun sewing going on as they make their versions of the Designer Duo 2018: Kaleidoscope quilt.

Because I've had several inquiries,  this week I am going to talk about ways to enlarge/customize your quilt.

Option #1: Simple Border all Around   Finished Quilt Size: 81 x 91"

What to do--Cut two side borders 6 1/2" x 79 1/2" and sew to quilt. Cut top/bottom borders 6 1/2" x 81 1/2" and sew to quilt.

Note: appoximately 50" of additional binding will be needed.

Here's what that looks like on both Sarah's and my quilts.

Sarahs quilt simple border

Seaglass Simple Border

Option #2: Simple Inner and Outer Border  Finished Quilt Size 85 x 95"

What to do--Cut two side INNER borders 2 1/2" x 79 1/2" and two top/bottom INNER borders 2 1/2" x 73 1/2"

                  Cut two side OUTER borders 6 1/2" x 83 1/2"  and two top/bottom borders 6 1/2" x 85 1/2"

                  Sew side borders first; then, top and bottom borders to quilt.

Here's what that looks like on Sarah's quilt.

Sarah 2 borders

 Option #3: Add Pieced Border to Sides, plus Inner and Outer Borders  Finished Quilt Size: 99 x 99"

What to do--

1. Cut an additional forty-six 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" K rectangles and four 5 1/2" corner squares. Sew twenty-three K rectangles together in the same manner as the top and bottom pieced borders. Sew a corner square to each short end of these borders. Sew to sides of quilt.

2. Inner Border. Sides, cut 2 1/2" x 79 1/2". Top/Bottom, cut 2 1/2" x 83 1/2". Sew side borders first; then, top and bottom.

3. Outer Border. Sides, cut 8 1/2" x 83 1/2". Top/Bottom, cut 8 1/2" x 99 1/2". Sew side borders first; then, top and bottom.

Here's what that looks like on my Seaglass quilt.

Seaglass Multiple Borders 99sq

Option #4: Same as Option #3, but with an Element From the Quilt Repeated as a Border   Size: 108 x 108"

Often an attactive border can be added to a quilt by simply repeating an element from the quilt. In this example, I've chosen to use the triangle unit from Block Seven that we needed a special ruler for. It is the same size at the unit in the block, so just follow the same instructions but use a variety of fabrics (maybe some from the Boo Boo Bundle if you have one).

What to do--

1. Steps 1-2 from Option #3 to add pieced side border and an Inner Border.

2. Cut 84 H triangles from an assortment of fabrics.

3. Cut 84 each, G and GR triangles from the same background fabric used in the quilt.

4. Assemble the Triangle Units. Join 21 together to make a border. Repeat for a total of four borders.

5. Cut four 4 1/2" corner squares and sew to the short ends of two borders. Sew borders to quilt.

6. Outer Border. Sides, cut 8 1/2" x 92 1/2". Top/Bottom, cut 8 1/2" x 108 1/2". Sew side borders first; then, top and bottom.

Here's what that looks like.

Seaglass 108

 

Hope that helps all of you who are trying to figure out how to enlarge your quilt. I hope you share what you decide to do and post photos on either Instagram using #designerduoQAL or our Facebook group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Designer Duo Block Seven