Still More March/April Highlights

We focused on Sewing Beautiful Borders in the March/April ’12 issue of Quiltmaker. Hidden Treasure is a design by Carolyn Beam, QM’s Creative Editor, featuring an idea she’s been playing with for a long time.

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Hidden Treasure designed and made by Carolyn Beam

She takes elements from the quilt center and uses them to create a border.

treasureop Still More March/April HighlightsThe result is a feeling of integration and continuity—Carolyn’s borders never look like an afterthought.

(By the way, this is one of the ideas Carolyn will touch on in her classes during Quiltmaker’s Block Party in Williamsburg, August 2–4. She’s a great teacher and you’ll learn a lot!)

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Minnesota Homewarming, designed by Pat Speth

Another quilt featuring interesting borders in this issue is Minnesota Homewarming by Pat Speth. This quilt is actually made of mostly borders.

minnesotaopt Still More March/April HighlightsIt’s an opportunity to enrich your piecing skills because each border must fit precisely with its neighbors.Wouldn’t that be a great project?!

If you have trouble making pieced borders work, you’ll want to read “A Perfect Fit,” an article I wrote for this issue. It gives helpful info on how to be sure your borders are the right size to fit your quilt center perfectly.

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Calico Clothworks has been updated for this issue in Timeless Treasures fabrics.

Calico Clockworks is a classic QM pattern we’ve updated for this issue in fresh fabrics from Timeless Treasures. This quilt was presented in our very first issue, Spring/Summer ’82. Like all the quilts in that issue, the original quilt and piecing diagram were hand drawn.

The instructions gave templates for cutting out all of the patches with scissors and also called for set-in seams. Now we’ve simplified the block to use rotary cut patches; we’ve eliminated the set-in seams, too.

calicoopt Still More March/April HighlightsThis quilt is a good example of extending a block design out into the borders.

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I hope you’ll pick up this issue and spend some time looking over all it has to offer!

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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4 Responses to Still More March/April Highlights

  1. Karlene says:

    Enjoyed the article. I love pieced borders (mostly because I love math!)

  2. Angie SoCal says:

    Oh I like those borders! I find quilts with frame like borders passé. I’ll have to buy this issue.

  3. Trudy L says:

    I absolutely love that first quilt!! I should take more time to plan borders properly instead of always slapping on solid strips!

  4. MarciaW says:

    The quilt border in the first two photos looks like the hand quilting motif in the bed quilt I finished today! I used “diagonal looking crowns” in the corners too! It looks great in her patchwork.

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