Today is Step 4: MORE CUTTING This time it is sashing and the outer border. Before we get started, let me explain my thinking. Sometimes, when the border and sashing are made from the same materials, I like to carry the sashing pattern to the outer edge. There are a few advantages. It is easy to cut and it helps to avoid the plague of wavy borders that seems to trouble some quilters.
That said, the directions I am about to give will create a pieced border that is an extension of the sashing. If you don’t like or don’t want to try that method, wait to cut until I post final directions, very soon, and then you won’t be annoyed with me.
Otherwise, if you want to take a chance, get out your background fabric and CUT.
You need to cut 49 rectangles 4-1/2″ x 16-1/2″ and 30 4-1/2″ squares. Cut the squares from the scraps AFTER you cut the rectangles.
I originally said you would need 4-3/4 yards of background. I am sorry for that error. It is really more like 5-3/4 yards. That is because you can only really get 2 16-1/2″ rectangles from each WOF. I should have taken that into consideration. If you don’t mind piecing them, you can do the quilt with less yardage, but I like my sashing whole.
To take a look at the previous steps, they are here:
Step One: CUTTING
Step Two: SORTING
Step Three: BLOCKS
I am assembling my top soon. Very exciting! I love how the stars pop.