Tip 12: Part 3 of a 3 part article. Fitting a pieced border to a quilt takes a little prior planning. When using Quilt-Pro, there are many ways to adjust the border. Frank Smith explains several methods he uses.
3 Part Border Series by Frank Smith
Sharla R. Hicks
Note that all four corners have the mirror patch in each corner painted the same bright color.†
Study the entire block and note that the opposite sides are mirrors of each other.† This is the way all border blocks paint.† This knowledge will help when designing and when trying to make a border look balanced or have some basic repeating plan or flow.† I would analyze this block to see what I can do improve itís appearance in the quilt.† It does not lend its self to flowing around the border. †It is made of two separate blocks both of which are identical on two sides and although they individually might make a nice border neither would reflect the beggar block pattern.† The only solution would be to redesign the block into a Category 2† block and still maintain the Beggar Block motif.† See Figure 36.
- In Quilt-Pro 3: go to the Border menu select Browse.
- In Quilt-Pro 4, go to the File menu and select Browse. In the side flyout menu, select Border.
Figure 36.† Original Beggar Block
6. In the Tool Bar select the Rotary Cutter.
7. In the Options menu select Screen Settings.
8. In the Screen Settings dialogue box, change size to .125. Click
Now work on the border section to even out the symmetry
10. In the Effects menu, select Ungroup.
11. Click on the Select tool in the Toolbar.
12. Select the left half of the outer square.
13. Move the square half as shown in Figure 38
14. Select the remainder of the horizontal repeat and move as shown in Figure 39.
Figure 39.† Beggar block with the remainder of horizontal repeat moved.
15. Now select the small section and place it between the corner block and the remainder of the horizontal repeat.† As shown in Figure 40.
16. Note that this new repeat has two opposite edges that are identical and are vertical in the horizontal repeat.
Figure 40.† Beggar Block with new horizontal repeat.
17. Select the vertical repeat and delete.
18. Select the horizontal repeat (not the corner)
19. In the Edit menu, select Duplicate.
20. In the Tool Bar select Rotate left.
21. Move the duplicate into a position as the Vertical repeat.
22. In the Edit menu, select Select All.
23. In the Effects menu, select Group.† See Figure 41.
Figure 41.† New Beggar Block Border #2.
24. To save the File:
3: Go to the Border Menu, select Save As.
25. In the Border Save As dialogue box, type the File Name, Beggar Block Border #2. See Figure 42
Now view the new symmetrical border block in the blank quilt
1. Go to the Windows menu and select the opened Category block blank quilt screen that was created in Part 1 of this series, click here.
2. Open a Beggar Block Border #2 using the File Browser:
3. In the File Browser, find Beggar Block Border #2.
4. Select the Border Block and drag and drop the block into any border block space. The Border 1 Fitting dialogue box opens, click
5. Close File Browser.
We now have a balanced border and maintained the Beggar Block pattern look. See Figure 43.
Figure 43.† Beggar Block Border #2
More Border Fixes
We probably should look at a couple more borders to demonstrate some more border fixes.† With the Goose Chase border there doesnít seem to be anyway we can modify the repeat to improve the border.† We can, however, rotate and flip selected repeats to balance the appearance of the border similar to what we did with the Hummingbird border.† We can also rotate and flip selected repeats to give the appearance that the border pattern is circling the quilt.† See Figures 44 and 45.
Log Cabin #5 is an example of a repeat that is shorter than the width.† See Figure 47.
To make Log Cabin #5 symmetrical modify as shown in Figure 48.† This will also make the width and the repeat equal.† This is a border that is OK with a short repeat and need not be modified except it was originally not symmetrical.†
3 Part Border Series by Frank Smith