The first set of blocks each have a 1/2 inch dark blue border and they are set on point and finish to 5 inches. For newbees, this means that they are placed on the quilt with the points along the quilt's vertical and horizontal lines. You can see what I mean in the following photos. This means that the space around them must be filled in with something. The filler I chose was pineapple log cabin triangle, which I paper pieced. You sew a strip to each side of the triangle and put a cap on them, then do the next layer, etc. They echo the inner log cabin border and provide and interesting background for the blocks.
|Pineapple Log Cabin in Illustrator|
|Side blocks in Illustrator|
In the fabric version you will see that I added a 1/2 dark blue border on the inside edge. Eventually I will put the same on the outside edge, but that will wait until I get the top and bottom borders done. The original design had a rectangular pink strip on the top and bottom of each side border, but the collection of 5 inch blocks came out slightly taller than Illustrator determined so I added the pink border all the way across to finish the top and bottom edges. No, the finished quilt will not have a horizontal ratio!
|Fabric side borders added.|
TIP: If you get into self-design, be flexible. Sometimes things don't work out as you had envisioned. You have to be the kind of person who can adjust and come up with solutions to problems as they pop up. Borders and/or blocks of fabric can equalize a design that goes sideways. Take your time deciding what to do.