Who ever said you have to make your blocks first, then you borders? Can you make you borders first? Then make your blocks? Yes, you can and I mostly do. Since most of my quilts seem to have 7 or 8 borders, I often make the borders first. I’ll lay the outermost top and bottom borders down first, then the side borders . . say that’s border #7. Then I’ll put the top and bottom borders for the 6th border down and keep going in order so that the sides for the first border are on top. I can pick them off, sew them on, then pick up the next ones, sew them on and not have to deal with making borders when I’m near the near the end of the quilt and already wanting to start another quilt.
The quilt I’m working on is set on point. The center blocks are not difficult blocks but instead of using plain setting side and corner triangles, these are pieced and I wasn’t sure how easy they were going to be so I did them all first.
Looks kinda like a jigsaw puzzle, huh? Don’t you always work the edges of the puzzle first? That’s what I thought . . I’m not backwards after all! 🙂