On Saturday morning I donned my apron and decided to polish the bedroom furniture before settling in for an afternoon of sewing, but in the process I jammed my finger between two sections of our sleigh bed and now have a rather swollen pointer finger on my right hand.
This slowed everything down for the remainder of the weekend, including my sewing plans.
However, not one to give up easily, I followed my husband's wise advice, "No more housework for you until Monday" and slightly altered the original idea I'd had for finishing block 1 of my 2017 BOM as a mini quilt.
It was going to be bordered with an elongated churn dash block but my injured pointer finger was needed to use the rotary cutter and this proved extremely difficult with so many small pieces of fabric to be cut.
So I opted for two straight borders instead.
To make the second border stand out I chose a fabric with a design which could be fussy cut and I'm so glad I did because I prefer this finish to my original churn dash idea.
The right fabric can make all the difference for a border if you're keeping it plain, so next time you're finishing a stitchery as a simple mini quilt like mine, consider the fabric and whether it will compliment your feature block or 'steal the show'.
When you have embroidery as the star of a project choose a fabric which will play a supporting role and not attempt to steal the spotlight.
The fussy cut fabrics for my main border were 2½” wide so to get those little round posies in the middle of the border I placed the 1¼” marker on my ruler over the centre of a line of the round posies like this...
Then I cut four, 2½” wide lengths (from a fat quarter, otherwise I'd have only needed two lengths from yardage) and I was left with a little less than an inch of 'waste' fabric between each of my fussy cut pieces.
Those cast off bits all go in to my applique scraps box and as I do a lot of applique they won't be wasted after all. Phew.
In case you're wondering...
I trimmed the embroidered block to to 9½” x 11½”.
The narrow blue floral first border around the stitchery block was cut from a fat quarter (four, 1¼” wide lengths) and I had enough left over to make the binding for the mini quilt as well. A third fat quarter made up the quilt backing and hanging sleeve.
The stitchery pattern for block 1 of "The Love of Home" BOM is still available for free download here in my shop.
Block 2 will be ready for you on Wednesday!
Until then, enjoy the start of a new week...