Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Deck the Halls QAL - Day 8

Welcome back for Day 8 of the Deck the Halls QAL!♬♫♪




Today we're adding an Hourglass border to our medallion centers, and the extra time we spent carefully pressing the seam allowances on our Hourglass blocks on Day 3 is going to pay off big time!

Let's get started!

Day 8:  Hourglass Border

You'll need to gather:
  • 40 Hourglass blocks from Day 3
  • 4 green print #2 squares 2½" x 2½"
  • 2 red print #3 strips 1½" x 24½"
  • 2 red print #3 strips 1½" x 26½"


Making the Hourglass Borders:

Before sewing, take a few minutes to organize your Hourglass blocks.  Make 4 stacks of 10 blocks each, labeled and sorted as follows:

Stack A:  Green print #3/red blocks pressed first toward the background, then toward the red
Stack B:  Green print #2/red blocks pressed first toward the color, then toward the green
Stack C:  Green print #3/red blocks pressed first toward the color, then toward the green 
Stack D:  Green print #2/red blocks pressed first toward the background, then toward the red

1.  Starting with an A block in the upper left, lay out the 4 Hourglass borders in a clockwise direction using the key (below) as a guide.  Each Hourglass border should have 10 Hourglass blocks in it.  Note that the A and C blocks should always have the green print #3 triangles closest to the center medallion and the red triangles facing toward the outside of the quilt.  The B and D blocks should always have the red triangles closest to the center medallion and the green print #2 triangles facing toward the outside of the quilt.  In the key below, the green corners represent the green print #2 2½" squares.  They are just there as markers for now.




Here's what my top border looked like before I sewed it together:



2.  When you're satisfied that the borders are laid out correctly, join together the 10 blocks in each border.  (The seam allowances should nest beautifully when you sew the blocks together—pressing matters!)  Press seam allowances open.  You should end up with something like the following:  


In the above photo, the top is my top border, the 2nd down is the right, the 3rd down is the bottom and the 4th down is the left.  


Adding the Borders:

1.  Lay out your quilt center, 4 Hourglass borders and 4 green print #2 2½" squares as shown.  



2.  Stitch the left and right borders to the quilt center first, pressing seam allowances toward the red print #3 strip from Day 7.  Sew a green print #2 2½" square to opposite ends of the top and bottom Hourglass borders, pressing seam allowances toward the green square.  Sew the top and bottom Hourglass/green square border strips to the top and bottom of the quilt center, pressing seam allowances toward the red print #3 strip from Day 7.



3.  Sew a red print #3 1½" x 24½" strip to the left and right sides of the quilt.  Press seam allowances toward the red strip.  Sew a red print #3 1½" x 26½" strip to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press seam allowances toward the red strip.




And that's it for today!  I can't believe it, but we've only got one day left!   Have fun adding your Hourglass borders and I'll see you back here Friday for the final day of the QAL.

—jen

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