Grandmother's Choice Sampler 2012-13
86" x 86"
49 eight-inch finished blocks
Becky and I have been keeping this quilt a secret with a struggle. It looks so good I've been tempted to show it earlier, but then you'd know where we were going and it would ruin the surprise.
She began with the setting pattern here:
She added an inner border---see directions below.
Every week we've shown two of Becky's blocks in a different palette. This one is the pink and green quilt. (We'll show you the purple version next week.)
She used a lot of chintz-style prints for her fussy cutting so when it came time to set it (early last year) she found some chintz prints in plum from my early reproduction line called Lately Arrived From London.
This line is several years old (2011) so it takes
a little digital searching to find any.
But any dark, large-scale chintzes would do.
SETTING THE BLOCKS
Lately Arrived from London
"Little Molly" in plum
The sashing strips are a small-scale chintz.
49 blocks finishing to 8"
Sashing strips and corner stones finishing to 2"
Strips: Cut 112 sashing strips 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" = 2 yards of fabric
Cornerstones: Cut 64 cornerstones 2-1/2" square = 3/8 yard.
The sashed blocks at this point finish to 72" square
She used pinks from Metropolitan Fair, last year's Civil War repro collection plus her stash for the cornerstone squares.
Becky added a 1" finished inner border to my pattern.
Cut 2 strips 1-1/2" x 72-1/2"
Cut 2 strips 1-1/2" x 74-1/2"
"Old Curiosity Shop"
in Celery Salad Green
from Metropolitan Fair
The inner border is this rainbow or shaded print from Metropolitan Fair.
EQ says you can get by on 1/2" yard if you piece the strips.
The outer border is from
Lately Arrived from London,
"Seaflower" in plum.
Becky did not miter her border. (She says, "Sometimes the easy way is the best way.") If you use a stripe here you might want to miter. So I'll give you directions for both.
Border with straight corner seams.
Cut 2 strips 6-1/2" x 74-1/2".
Cut 2 strips 6-1/2" x 86-1/2".
Cut 4 strips 6-1/2" x 86-1/2"
You need 2-1/2 yards to cut these parallel to the selvages.
Add the inner green border first by piecing the sides and then the top and bottom.
Do the same for the outer border
If you want to miter the border add all four sides and then stitch a miter. If you don't know how to do this do a web search for the words:
How to miter quilt border
You'll find lots of advice.
Becky---take a bow!