Stitching leafy borders………………..

On my “Stacked 4-Patch” (see here). I decided that both designs (here)

IMG_5151 IMG_5152would have a place in the yellow border that was made up of 4.25” tall half-square triangles and a 2.5” straight piece. The leafy motif would give me heavier stitching, be a better contrast to the vines in the center portion and bridge/mask the piecing line that joined the triangles to the straight border piecing.

I did need to mark a few registration lines to keep things going evenly. A couple of appropriately sized items from the kitchen (for the curved lines), a cardboard cut oval and my Frixion pen would do perfectly.

IMG_5173 IMG_5174             I know that there’s been some discussion about the Frixion pen’s tendency to leave a “ghost”/light grey mark after heat is applied but, even if it does, it will not be seen on the yellow fabric and it will be covered by the thread stitching. So, onward to the marking……………………

..IMG_5182   and the stitching fun………….

 IMG_5180 IMG_5181 IMG_5183             I had a couple of “orphan” blocks left over and decided to use them in the pieced backing………………                    

 IMG_5186   I’ve managed to use most all of the flowered “focus fabric” with very small amounts of the 2-toned pink left……..and that’s a very good thing!!!

Now, on to the other 3 sides of this border…………..

Thread:Mettler Poly-sheen, 40 wt.; Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20.


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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16 Responses to Stitching leafy borders………………..

  1. Thread crazy says:

    pretty fabric and glad to see you’re using the Frixon pen…I’ve got several of them and they work well.

  2. ivoryspring says:

    You outdid yourself AGAIN!

  3. This turned out beautifully. No surprise.

  4. witchylin says:

    The perfect compromise.

  5. JoAnn Lee says:

    Really like the colors. Your work is fantastic.

  6. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    You do such beautiful work. I love watching the progress on your creations.

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