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I call this one Fall Lines.  It's a very quick and simple pattern, obviously.  But I love the colors of the batiks used here.  (The cat, Juliet, apparently loves them, too.  I couldn't get her off the quilt while i was trying to take pictures.) The pattern is from Fat Quarters Anonymous.  

I had intended to give this one to the church to auction off at the Fall Dinner, but I didn't get it finished in time.  I finally got the binding sewn on recently, and wasn't sure where it would go. I  decided to give it to my grandmother for Christmas.  She was delighted, so that makes me happy.  And in fact my grandfather (other side of the family) was there when she opened it, and made a request for a quilt, too.  That's now jumped to the top of my priority list.  Grandpa is 89, so I'd better get busy.  

The picture does make me realize that one of my goals for this year is to get my borders to lie more smoothly.  Any suggestions?


  1. Great colors! Borders can be tricky. In order to get your borders to lie smoothly the measurements of the quilt sides need to be the same. With a quilt like this that is a little more free form, you could just trim. If you've already tried that and it's still not working, I'd suggest pinning the border to the quilt - not just laying it on and sewing. I tend to overdo things - I usually measure the width of the quilt in three places (top, bottom and middle of the quilt), then I average that measurement. (If the quilt measures 34", 35" and 36" - the border measurement would be 35" - a pretty extreme example, most aren't that much off.) I would then mark 35" on my border strip with pins (don't cut yet). I mark the center of the edge of the quilt and the border piece and also make marks at 1/4 and 3/4 on both border and quilt. Then I match those points up and ease in either the quilt or the border. When you're happy with each border, trim the ends. Repeat the process for the other border sides. Remember, the 2nd set of sides needs to be longer by the width of the border x 2 - but I'm sure you knew that. Borders also need to have the same amount of quilting as the body of the quilt in order to lay smoothly. Good luck! Lois


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