It has been such fun to see your Pachanga finishes on our Facebook group! So many ideas, background colors, beautiful and fun combinations with my pattern. I just love that! So today, I’ll show you how I finished mine.
When I was cutting my fabrics, I took all I had leftover and cut bricks at 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches. These were used as leader-enders for sewing the blocks.
Over the course of constructing the quilt, I easily assembled borders at the same time.
I needed to decide how to do the corners. I auditioned extending the bricks, just laying the corner bit down on the floor to try it out without sewing it. I didn’t like this idea.
Then I tried a half square triangle to turn the corner. Better.
I also tried a solid black square for the corner, and I tried a solid color too.
Ultimately, the HST corner won and I sewed the borders on.
They all needed a bit of adjustment so everyone will believe I am a math genius, LOL!! But really, here is the last section of border, and you can see it is just a bit too long. If I remove a brick it will be too short. I measured the excess so I have an idea of how much I need to adjust.
Moving back to the middle of the border, I take out a smidgen on several seams. I just sew a new seam just inside the original one, shown here in beige and press again. I do not remove the first line of stitching shown here in white.
Voila, perfect fit, and no one will be able to see which bricks aren’t quite as wide as the others.
On to quilting, I loaded it on the longarm. I used black Quilter’s Dream Poly batting, lovely to quilt with and resists creasing. The black color helps keep the black on the top rich and dark, while not dulling the bright colors.
The pantograph is Pipeline, a medium density panto with curves to soften the hard edges of the pattern.
I bound the quilt in black. I like the finishing edge it gives the colorful border.
So, all done!! The pattern will remain up on the blog until mid June, so you have time to go back and get any steps you may have missed. Just use the 2021 Scrap Dance Pachanga category on the sidebar to pull them all up. After June 15, I will take it down to produce as a paid pattern. You can see all the Scrap Dance patterns on My Patterns page.
I hope you enjoyed the quilt along!!
What do you think? Did you quilt along? What are you working on this week?
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