I'm playing with an online group on Facebook called "Just Us Quilters" and they started a Mystery Quilt. I love Mystery Quilts! So of course I was in. And this one only required 3 fabrics! Nice.
Now this looks very complex, but when you do a Mystery Quilt, everything is broken down into little bite size chunks and it all goes very fast! Yes, I know, that is surprising isn't it?! There are tons and tons of Mystery Quilt patterns out there. You never know what your quilt will look like until you solve the Mystery.
I changed one block up just a bit as I went along. My top is completed, the "Mystery" is solved. Now I am working on the border pieces. I want to do a little 2 inch square going all around the center, then the light fabric and then the teal. It will echo what is going on in the quilt blocks nicely.
You can see in the photo at the top, that I am auditioning the fabrics for the border. Here are the instructions for how to make a basic seminole block border. The blocks in the quilt start at 2 inch width, so to compliment them I am using the rust fabric and the light background in the same 2 inch dimension.
Cut 2 strips of the light background fabric 2" x width of fabric
Cut 2 strip of your accent fabric (rust) 2" x width of fabric
I like to cut these strips in half so I am working with a 22 inch piece as opposed to a 44 inch piece. Sew them together in a strip set as you see below. Press to the dark.
Now take your ruler and measure off 2 inch pieces and cut as below.
You will want to lay these out so that they are staggered as shown below, when you flip them over to sew to each other, they will nestle together at the seam.
I know this looks a little weird, but you will take up a 1/4 inch bit with your seam allowance and it all sorts out.
Take them to your machine and start chain piecing until you have a length you want to work with.
You can tuck a pin in next to the seam if you are worried about them shifting as you sew. But they should nestle together easily.
When you are done, you will end up with a piece like this, take your ruler and carefully trim off the points so that you have at least 1/4 inch of fabric sticking beyond your squares. This will provide you with a nice seam allowance when you stitch it to your quilt, so that all your points will be spot on.
Now let's audition the border with the seminole patchwork squares.
I like this effect. I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial on basic Seminole technique piecing for a border strip. Below is a brief history of Seminole Patchwork and some examples, as well as a list of books for you if you would like to explore this technique further. It's a fabulous way to make quick statement borders for your quilts! And we have these amazingly resourseful women to thank!
History of Seminole Patchwork
Books you may enjoy: