Triangle, triangles and more triangles! How can you go wrong! This border is fun and creates great geometric designs which is perfect for your quilt!
Beyond Basic Borders is a new series of how to elevate the quilting border to the next level. Whether you use the leftover fabric from your quilt top, or introduce some new colours, this is going to be fun!
To begin with, we will base the borders on using your GO! Qube Mix & Match sets although we will transition into other dies. Experimenting with colours and layouts, we will show you how simple design changes can alter the appearance of the block.
Finished width size borders:
- 4” Qube – 2” finished border
- 6” Qube – 3” finished border
- 8” Qube – 4” finished border
- 9” Qube – 4 ½” finished border
- 10” Qube – 5” finished border
- 12” Qube – 6” finished border
The length will depend on you quilt top.
- AccuQuilt GO! Big or GO! Fabric Cutter
- Shape 4 from any GO! Mix & Match Qube
- Shape 5 from any GO! Mix & Match Qube
- Cut (2) shape 4 – Quarter Square Triangles (QST) per unit
- Cut (8) shape 5 – Half Square Triangle (HST) per unit.
Pressing seams to one side or open is another discussion within itself, although the two general thoughts are:
Open Seamsallow for a smoother flatter quilt top, which doesn’t allow fabric colour to appear through your quilt top.
Side Seam Pressingis faster, and the seam is usually pressed towards the darkest colour. It makes it easier when you want to ‘nest’ seams in place, giving a clean seam intersection.
My suggestion – try both and see what works for you! There are no Quilt Police here
All seams are ¼” unless otherwise specified.
- Sew one light and one medium HST together to create a square. Press.
- Sew two light HST onto the square as shown to create a triangle. Press
- Sew one light and one dark QST together as shown. Press.
- Sew two triangle units together to create a square. Press.
Adding different colours, in different sequences can totally change the look and appearance of the design. Below is the original two-colour design, which in itself is stylish, although you can see, adding more colours can change the appearance. Scrappy happy also works well, although, adding a base colour can add stability to the border.
Original Design Rotating Blocks Changing Colour Order
This is just a few ideas, on how to use this simple block.