In the second of our four
part piecing techniques
series, quilt designer and
maker Anja Townrow adds
a beautiful star border to
the Serendipity quilt
- 2.5m (2.75yd) floral blue batik
- 1m (1 1⁄8yd) light pink batik for background to smaller stars
- 2m (2 1⁄4yd) cream/pink batik for remaining light backgrounds
- 1.5m (1 3⁄4yd) dark green batik for setting strips and binding
- Approximately 20 batik fat quarters or eighths in four different greens, deep pinks, oranges from bright to dark, deep yellows, turquoises, purples and deep reds
- Approx 10m (11yd) in total of a large selection of patterned batik scraps
- Backing fabric 235 x 235cm (92 x 92in)
- Wadding 235 x 235cm (92 x 92in); Anja recommends cotton wadding
- Foundation piecing medium of your choice
- Template medium of your choice
- Sewing thread for piecing
- Metallic and invisible thread for quilting
Approx 25cm (10iApprox 229 x 229cm (90 x 90in)
We hope you are enjoying the delights of template and foundation piecing this quilt with us, and we look forward to seeing pictures of your colour variations and fabric choices.
FOUNDATION PIECING INSTRUCTIONS
In foundation piecing, the pattern is drawn on one side of the foundation medium and the fabrics stitched to the other side, one by one. The stitching is done from the drawn side, flipping and pressing the stitched fabrics until the design is complete.
Foundation piecing is done on a base of thin paper, lightweight fabric such as muslin or very lightweight interfacing. Special foundation piecing paper is also available from quilt shops. Printer or copier paper is not recommended because it is very thick. A see-through tracing will help with placement and minimise mistakes.
Read through the following instructions carefully before beginning. The pattern sheet is here pattern, please be very careful to check measurements when printing from a home computer.
- First trace the foundation piecing pattern onto the medium of your choice, including all the numbers provided. Photocopying, scanning and printing can distort pattern measurements, so if you do use this one of these methods then re-measure the pattern carefully before use.
- Write your colour choices on the tracing in the relevant patches. Refer to the colour picture and remember that the pattern tracing is a mirror image of the actual quilt.
- Anja suggests that you pre-cut your chosen fabrics by making an extra tracing to cut apart. You then use the numbered templates for pre-cutting, adding 1⁄4in seam allowances. Remember to place the templates on the back of your fabrics.
- Always foundation piece in number order: so first find number 1 on the pattern. Cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover number 1 plus a generous seam allowance.
- Pin the fabric onto the un-drawn side of the paper, right side of the fabric face up. Turn the pattern to the drawn side and hold up the paper and fabric to a light source to check for adequate seam allowances beyond the lines of number 1. Re-position the fabric if necessary.
- Find number 2 on the pattern drawing. Cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover number 2 plus a generous seam allowance. Place number 2 fabric right sides together on top of number 1 fabric.
- You will be sewing on the line between 1 and 2 on the drawn side, so check that you have placed the patch correctly to catch this line. Also check that the patch will cover number 2 on the paper after sewing and pressing over, with seam allowances going well beyond the lines. Once you are happy with the placement, put pins in to hold in place if needed.
- Turn the pattern to the drawn side and sew on the line between 1 and 2 through all layers, i.e. paper and both fabrics 1 and 2. Sew with a shorter stitch than usual and start and finish three or four stitches beyond the start and finish of the line. Trim the seam and press the fabric patch 2 over to cover the paper patch 2.
- Continue in the same way with fabric number 3 and so on, following the numbers in sequential order. As you proceed, make sure that you also leave a seam allowance around the outside edge of the tracing.
- When the foundation piecing is complete, stitch through all the layers with a long machine stitch around the pattern just beyond the outside seam line. This secures the edges and makes it easier to join the blocks, or partial blocks
- Join the blocks, or parts of blocks, by pinning them right sides together and sewing on the solid outside line.
- Remove all the paper when the quilt top is completed. If you are using a lightweight fabric or interfacing, you may wish to leave this in to add extra weight to your quilt.
STAR BORDER BLOCKS
Figure 1: Piecing diagram for star border block
- You will need 16 blocks in total to make the star border. To make one star border block: carefully copy template BS once, BSB twice and BSBL twice from the pattern sheet onto your foundation piecing medium.
- Following the Foundation Piecing Instructions, foundation piece one centre block BS from number 1 to number 13, in that order. Select your fabrics using the following colour scheme and the picture for guidance: pieces 1, 10, 11, 12 and 13 in reds, oranges and deep purples; pieces 2, 3, 4 and 5 in yellows; pieces 6, 7, 8 and 9 in blues or greens. Make one BS block and set aside.
- Using the picture for guidance, foundation piece two setting blocks BSB from number 1 to number 3, in that order, using light pink for piece 1 and a contrasting colour for pieces 2 and 3. Make two BSB blocks and set aside.
- Next, foundation piece two setting blocks BSBL from number 1 to number 5, in that order, using light pink for pieces 1, 4 and 5 and the contrasting colour as used in the two BSB setting blocks for pieces 2 and 3. Make two BSBL blocks.
- Sew a BSB setting block to the top and bottom of the BS centre block. Sew a BSBL setting block to the sides of the BS centre block. Figure 1.
- Make a total of 16 star border blocks in the same way, using a different contrasting colour in setting blocks BSB and BSBL, for each block. Refer to the colour picture for guidance.
Figure 2: Piecing diagram for short borders
- Carefully cut seven 14 x 14in squares of blue floral batik. Cut each one into quarters diagonally. You will have 28 large blue setting triangles. These will be used in the long borders.
- Carefully cut four 7 1⁄4 x 7 1⁄4in squares of blue floral batik. Cut each one in half diagonally. You will have eight small blue setting triangles. Four will be used in the short borders and four will be used in the corner units.
- Lay out the border blocks and setting triangles as in Figures 2–4. Note the placement of the large and small setting triangles. This is a good opportunity to arrange the colours of the star blocks to
- Sew the large and small blue setting triangles to the star border blocks to make two short borders. Figure 2.
- Sew the large blue setting triangles to the star border blocks to make two long borders. Figure 3.
- Sew large and small blue setting triangles to a star border block to make four corner units. Figure 4.
Figure 3: Piecing diagram for long borders
Figure 4: Piecing diagram for corners
ADDING THE BORDERS
- Take the centre star and flower border quilt centre made in Part 1 of this series. Sew the short star borders to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Sew the long star borders to the sides. Add the corner units. Figure 5.
- Measure the width of your quilt. Cut two long green strips 1 1⁄4 x 64in, or the width of your quilt, and piece as necessary. Sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Figure 5.
- Measure the height of your quilt including the top and bottom green strips. Cut two more green strips 1 1⁄4 x 65 5⁄8in, or the height of your quilt, and piece as necessary. Sew these to the sides of the quilt top. Figure 5.
Part 2 of your Serendipity quilt is now complete!
Figure 5: Piecing diagram for star borders and corners
COMING IN PART 3
In Part 3 we will show you how to add the flower border and outer border to your Serendipity quilt.
First published in Popular Patchwork October 2007