Ribbon Quilt Border – a quick tutorial
I had ‘snowing class’ last night and I’m so excited about the border to the courthouse steps quilt! It’s looking great already. I had a lot of strips cut that I didn’t use for the quilt and wanted to use them in the border. But I also needed to change the pattern or scale so that it would stand out from the main blocks. The ribbon border is the perfect solution. Here are some quick instructions.
1. Sew strips and cut into squares. Use as many strips as you like, the more contrast, the more the ‘ribbon’ will stand out.
2. Cut the squares into triangles. They can’t all be cut the same way. Be sure to cut an equal number from corner a to d and from corner b to c (see illustration).
3. Turn the triangles to get ribbon effect (see how the pink forms a “V”). Sew together as you would bias strips (with a little dog ear on both ends). In the last illustration you can see a bit better with the pink and purple forming “V” ribbons.
I’ll update soon with instructions on attaching to the main quilt and figuring out the corners. I know they will turn out to be triangles and that I can add strips to the middle to adjust for the length of the sides. I can’t wait to get this one to the machine quilter! Here’s a sneak peek at the border I’m working on (stray threads, dog ears and all)….