Sunday, June 1, 2014

Second border

Good evening,

It is hard to believe that it is June one already, the month of May went by so fast. We are ready to work on our next border, you actually will get a chance to use some orphan blocks in the following border. I have really enjoyed your photographs and hearing from you, glad that you are enjoying the process.

Your block should measure 18 1/2 inches now, you have four different choices for the next round.

First choice is to put a solid border around what you have done so far.

Cut two strips 3.5" x 18.5".
Cut two strips 3.5" x 24.5"


Your second choice  is to add a border with cornerstones .
 Cut four strips 3.5" by 18.5"
 Cut four cornerstones 3.5 in.²

 Next choice, how about half square triangle units.

Assemble 28 3 1/2 inch half square triangle units . Combined 6 half square triangle units to form two sides and 8 half square triangle units to form the other two sides. Your block should now measure 24 1/2 in.²
 If you would rather do some appliqué, how about adding some circles around the block. I used perfect circles and made 24  2 1/4 inch circles. I positioned the circles evenly around  the square and then I machine appliquéd them. If it is easier you can add to circles to the strips  and then add the strips to your block.

Cut two strips 3.5" x 18.5".
Cut two strips 3.5" x 24.5"

  No matter what you choose, just have fun with it. You can make it scrappy or you can make it more organized with color. Just remember  in order to make it looks somewhat like a medallion orphan block quilt, we have to do a couple of borders  first , one more border and we will really get into using the orphan blocks. If you have any questions at all,  post to the comments or e-mail me.

Happy stitching,



  1. I knew immediately what I wanted to do - the circles! Thanks, Rosemary.

  2. I didn't see this border was added officially with measurements until tonight. guess what I am doing.......CIRCLES! Love them.