Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Using Border Fabric

Here's a way to use directional border fabric in a string block as the center strip.
I used scissors to cut the paisley print fabric you see into 13 1/2 inch strips and placed each one down the middle diagonally on 12 1/2 inch foundations of muslin.
I then did the sew, flip and press method, sewing darker fabrics of varied widths on one side of the paisley fabric and lighter tone-on-tones on the opposite side. 

Here you can see what four block look like with the paisley seeming to give a framed look.

 Here is the final quilt top measuring roughly 80 inches square.  I love this look and now always look for border fabrics in a different way.

11 comments:

Finn said...

Love your tutorial on using directional border fabric Rhonda! What a great idea and really neat look to the blocks. Thanks for sharing.

Lori R said...

Elegant look. Way to dress up our plain string blocks!!!

Brenda said...

wow! that consistent print in the centre strip makes a scrappy quilt look planned. thanks for posting this.

Bridget said...

This was interesting, and something I hadn't thought of before. Oh, the possibilities.....

P. said...

Very cool idea! I hadn't considered that before, but what a great variation on a string block.

Rhonda said...

You are welcome everyone. Let's keep those sewing machines humming!!

judith lockhart said...

I like the stripe center idea! Looks great!

Vivian said...

Never would have thought of this--Love it!

Magpie Sue said...

This is *really* lovely.

Connie said...

Beautiful blocks with the paisley print like that!

Linda said...

Wow! Love this great idea.