For those that signed up for the Bed of Roses Block of the Month, I shipped Block 1 today. It should be arriving in your mailbox very shortly:) To make your life easier I am re-posting the blog post I wrote way back in May 2015 when I first started this quilt….my how time flies. If you have any question, please feel free to contact me. Also, for those that have expressed an interest in making this stunning quilt with their own fabrics, the full set of patterns are on the website.
So here is the link for Block 1. https://simplebirdapplique.com/2015/05/25/bed-of-roses-bom/
And here is the link for Block 2 – Part 2. https://simplebirdapplique.com/2015/05/27/bed-of-roses-part-2/
Just think…in 11 more months you will have accomplished this!
Til next time…..
This past weekend was crazy busy while we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday. It was wonderful to be part of the excitement. Paul and I took the Go-Train to Toronto and we handed out 250 Canadian flags to anyone who wanted one. He is the one in the Canadian flag shirt, carrying a Canadian flag, with a bag full of Canadian flags. I wish we had more! Also, we saw the big duck. Yes, it was really big!
So much fun! So today I decided to sew the 2 borders on my Friends of Baltimore/Baltimore Squared quilt. I must confess, I am loving how this quilt is looking:) Measuring borders can be daunting at the best of times. It is twice as daunting when you have spent a good amount of time appliqueing swags on the border. Here is what I did to make the process as stress free as possible…
First, I folded the quilt in half and measured it…a few times. Sometimes I get different measurements, so I just keep measuring until I get the same measurement twice. There it is….30 1/2″ which means my quilt measures 61″.
Next, I pressed the borders nice and flat. Bruin seems to be able to predict when I need the ironing board.
So I always iron my blocks and borders on the wrong side, that way I can get the background nice and crisp.
Next I folded the border in half lengthwise and measured 30 1/2″ (the same as the quilt). And I marked it with a pencil.
I took a second glance just to make sure everything was lined up evenly. Yes, it was.
Then I took a deep breath and I trimmed of the excess. Easy Peasy!
The borders are cut a little wide, so I trimmed them down according to the paper pattern. I just measured 3/4″ from the top of the pink circle and trimmed the extra bit off. I didn’t trim the bottom of the border because I like to trim the entire quilt up after it is quilted. A little extra is always handy. Deep breath……
Now I could finally sew the borders on. Sweet!
Til next time….