Artful Home - Corner Blocks & Borders

Saturday, July 09, 2011

The instructions for the black and white corner blocks call for making half square triangles.  While I used the method called for in the instructions, I found it very difficult to get square squares once I pieced the blocks together.  After all was said and done, I called my mom and she told me there was a much better way to make half-square triangles.  Apparently there is a template you can use to make perfect half-square triangles.  While I didn't use the template on this quilt top, I am definitely going to try it for the next top I make with half-square triangles.

After piecing the blocks together, all that was left for the top was the borders, which were a cinch to do.

Here's a hint for making non-wavy square borders:

1. Determine the length of the quilt border by averaging two to three center measurements of the quilt body.
2. Cut two borders the average length and pin them to opposite sides of the quilt. Match the ends and centers then gently ease in any fullness.
3. Pin, sew, and press.
4. Repeat for the top and bottom borders measuring the width, averaging, etc.


Here is the finished top!  All that's left is the quilting. 

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