Friday, December 21, 2018

Deck the Halls QAL - Day 9

Update:  The complete pattern for Deck the Halls is now available for download in my Etsy shop.  The pattern includes material requirements, step-by-step instructions and full color diagrams to help you on your way.  Click here to view the pattern.

Welcome back for Day 9 of the Deck the Halls QAL!


For our final day we're going to be adding a ribbon border to our medallion quilts using the split quarter square triangles blocks that we made on Day 6.  I love how this surprisingly easy border frames and finishes the quilt—definitely worth the trimming we did last week!


Day 9:  Ribbon Border

You'll need to gather:

52 split quarter square triangle blocks ("split QST blocks") from Day 6
2 red print #1 half square triangle blocks ("HST blocks") from Day 6
2 green print #1 HST blocks from Day 6
2 red print #3 strips 1¼" x 30½"
2 red print #3 strips 1¼" x 32"



Making the Ribbon Borders:

Before sewing, make sure your split QST blocks are sorted into two piles—26 split quarter square triangles in one and 26 mirror split QST blocks in the other.  For the split QST blocks, when the red triangle is pointing up and to the left, the long edge of the green triangle should be on the right edge of the block.  For the mirror split QST blocks, when the red triangle is pointing up and to the left, the long edge of the green triangle should be on the bottom of the block.  (In the photo above, the mirror split QSTs are the stack on the left.)

1.  Lay out 13 split QST blocks in a row as follows.  Make sure that you orient the blocks correctly to create a ribbon effect.  The red triangle of the first block on the left should point up and to the left.  Join the pieces in each row to make a split QST border.  Press seam allowances open.  Repeat to make a second split QST border.

Make 2 for top and bottom.

2.  Lay out 13 mirror split QST blocks in a row as follows.  Make sure that you orient the blocks correctly to create a ribbon effect.  The red triangle of the first block on the left should point up and to the right.  Join the pieces in each row to make a mirror split QST border.  Press seam allowances open.  Repeat to make a second mirror split QST border.

Make 2 for left and right.

Finished ribbon borders.


Adding the Borders:


1.  Lay out your quilt center, 4 Ribbon borders, 2 red print #1 HST blocks, and 2 green print #1 HST blocks as shown.  Make sure that you orient the borders and HST blocks correctly so that the ribbon appears to wrap in a continuous unit around the quilt.



2. Sew the left and right ribbon borders to the quilt first, pressing seam allowances toward the red print #3 strip from Day 8.  Sew a red print #1 HST block to the left end of the top ribbon border and a green print #1 HST block to the right end of the top ribbon border.  Press seam allowances toward the HST blocks.  Sew a green print #1 HST block to the left end of the bottom ribbon border and a red print #1 HST block to the right end of the bottom ribbon border.  Press seam allowances toward the HST blocks.  Sew the top and bottom Ribbon/HST borders to the top and bottom of the quilt, pressing seam allowances toward the red print #3 strip from Day 8.



3.  Sew a red print #3 1¼" x 30½" strip to the left and right sides of the quilt.  Press seam allowances toward the red strip.  Sew a red print #3 1¼" x 32" strip to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press seam allowances toward the red strip.  (Note:  You may be wondering why the outermost red strips are 1¼" wide rather than 1½". I chose to make them narrower so that when the binding is sewn on, the outermost strips appear to be the same width as strips in the interior of the quilt.)




Finishing the Quilt:

Layer the quilt top with batting and backing fabric and baste.  Quilt as desired.  I machine quilted in the ditch around all of the pieced elements of my quilt.  I used red thread in the star and around the ribbon border and tan thread for the rest.  I wanted to add a bit more detail in the center medallion, so I used green Valdani size 12 perle cotton to stitch a line down the center of each holly leaf and in the larger patches of the wreath.  I also used red Valdani size 12 perle cotton to stitch a line down the center of the lighter red "ribbons" between each set of holly leaves.



Bind your quilt using the 4 red print #3 binding strips.  Finally, congratulate yourself for a job well done!


I've loved making a medallion quilt for the QAL this year!  It was so much fun to see the quilt unfold with the addition of each border.  All that's left now is to decide whether to hang my Deck the Halls quilt on my wall:


or to display it on my kitchen table:


Hmmm....

And that's a wrap for the 2018 Deck the Halls Quilt Along!  It's been an absolute pleasure sharing this project with you and connecting with you via email and social media.  I'd love to see pictures of your quilts when they're finished, so please tag me @jendalyquilts when you post your quilts or even send a photo to me at jendalyquilts@gmail.com.

If you weren't able to quilt along with us this year, but you'd like to make your own Deck the Halls quilt, the QAL posts will be available on my blog through the month of January.  The complete (and compressed) pattern for Deck the Halls will also be available in my Etsy shop in the new year.

Thank you all so much for following and quilting along!  I wish you all Happy Holidays, a Happy New Year, and Happy Quilting!!

Cheers!  jen


7 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful QAL.
    I love your design and as soon as possible i'll sew the last part.

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! I'd love to see it when it's finished!!

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  2. I'm so disappointed I wasn't able to sew along for this beautiful quilt. Is there a PDF of the directions so I can save it for another time?

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    1. I don't have a PDF of the directions, but the posts will be up through January and I'll also have a compressed pattern with diagrams rather than photos available in my Etsy shop shortly after Christmas. Happy Holidays!

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  3. Thank you for another QAL! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you for being here again this year, Jackie! I hope have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

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