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Stepping Stones

Status: Complete
Made For: Class
Size: 60" x 68"
Pattern Name: Quiltworx Stepping Stones Basic Patten

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Feb
19
2012

Piecing The Border

This border is made from rectangles and is often called piano key border because they resemble piano keys. For this quilt the fabrics were arranged from light to dark. Since it has been a while since I pieced this, I cannot remember how many different fabrics there were but I think it was 14.

This picture shows the stack of fabrics and the paper foundations. Several people have asked me why would you need foundation papers to piece a simple piano key border. Two words...MINDLESS and PERFECT. Sometimes I love mindless when I'm piecing and when you mix mindless with perfect you get happiness in my book!

Anyway, here is a close up of a foundation unit. When you piece this border you start at the upper left and go clockwise so the foundations need to be numbered to keep track.

Now you restack the fabrics and clip them to their foundation paper. This is where the mindless part starts. You simple start with one foundation, grab the top fabric and piece. If you are inturrupted, no worries, just pick up where you left off.

Not sure why I took this picture but I had this white board sitting on the cutting surface and leaning against the wall. It was a great way to keep track of whatever stacks I was preparing for the steps above.

The next picture shows a container of binder clips in all sizes I bought for really cheap at Wal-Mart.

For the quilting, I sized the Sweetheart pattern by One Song Needlearts to fit in each rectangle block.

Freehand loops were done in the black sashing and stipple in the borders.

This quilt is going to my niece in Chicago.