You are almost done with the top. Now it is just adding on the borders and they are a snap! Add your two side borders first. Lay a long white sashing along the right side of the quilt and one along the left side of the quilt. Once again, make sure that the right sides are together. ( We don't want raw seams on quilt tops :). I didn't pin. Line up your strip as you sew your 1/4" seam and then trim the excess at the end. Press.
Add the top and the bottom border. And you do it the exact same way you did the side borders. I know you can barely sit still. Go ahead and sew and press!
And there you have it!!! A beautiful stunning quilt top!! Don't you just love your Sugar Pop N Change!
STEP 6 - MAKING YOUR QUILT BACK
We'll start the pieced back by making the corner blocks. You need 4 corner blocks. Start by pulling out those 12 left over charms. Grab 4 and cut them in half. Now remember those scraps you had left from your jelly roll? Go ahead and get 4 scraps and cut four 2 1/2" squares out of them.
That's all the prep. Now you are ready to sew your 4 corner blocks together. Here is the layout.
First you start by placing your rows right sides together and sew 1/4 seam and press. This is what they should look like now. Remember, you are making 4 :)
Lay your top row onto your bottom row. Make sure that you line up your seam. Pin and then sew your 1/4" seam and press.
Your 4 blocks are ready to be trimmed down to size. The corner blocks need to be 6 x 6. You don't want to trim on the sides that has the 2 1/2" block. Line your 6" ruler along the side of your block and trim.
Turn your block 90 degrees clockwise, line up your ruler for 6 inches, and trim again. There you have it, four corner blocks :)
Okay, onto making your coin rows. We are going to do this the easy way! It isn't quite as random but turns out super nice for a border. Layout your 22 25" jelly roll strips. Play with the layout until you get a nice flow of prints and colors that is pleasing to the eye.
Once you have them the way you like, stack them up right to left. Now you are going to stitch all of the rows together. Start by getting your first two strips from the pile, align them right sides together. Sew 1/4" seam. Don't worry about pressing, it can wait. Oh, and if your ends don't match up perfect no worry, I left some wiggle room in the cutting for that. Go ahead and grab the next row on the pile. Align it to your pieced set and sew your 1/4 seam. Keep repeating this process until you have sewn all 22 of your strips together.
Press your seams in one direction. This is what you should have.
Now we are going to turn this strip into your 4 borders. Fold your strips in half so that they fit on your cutting mat. Line the fold line up along a horizontal line of your mat. Now you want to make a straight edge so line your ruler up along the vertical line of your mat closest to the edge of your fabric and cut. Measure 6 inches over on your mat. Align your ruler and cut. Repeat this 3 more times.
You now have 4 beautiful change rows for your border. Wasn't that easy?? And now you are ready to put the back together. Get your 1 1/4 yard piece of coordinating fabric. Make sure it is squared up. (I cut mine to 43 3/4" inches square so that the selvage wouldn't be left on.) Sorry, My photography skills are not near what my quilting skills are :) Here is the layout for the back.
We'll start by adding the side borders to the back. There might be a little bit of overhang. No worries, we'll just trim later. Lay each of your borders along the right and left side of the quilt. Pin, sew your 1/4" seam, and press. Trim off the excess overhang.
Add your top and bottom border. If you had to trim your sides, it is most likely that you will have to trim your top and bottom as well. However, this time you have to trim your sides first, so your corner blocks will actually end up in the corner :) Lay your top and bottom border out. Now, go ahead and trim off any excess so that you only have 1/4" overhang from the center back piece. Sorry, that doesn't make a lot of sense but the picture make it a lot easier to understand. Trim all 4 of your border edges as such.
Now you are ready to add your corner pieces. Lay your corner piece so that the 2 1/2" block is in the center. Lay the block over onto the border. Pin. Do this with all 4 blocks. Sew your 1/4" seam and press.
So this is where you should be now. You are so close. Now it is just adding the top and bottom border.
Lay your top and bottom border onto your center panel. Make sure to align your corner block seams (where my scissors are pointing.) You know what to do: Pin, Sew, and Press!!!
And Ta Da!! Your back is finished!!
STEP 7 - FINISHING UP
Make your quilt sandwich. Taping the back down is a great way to smooth out wrinkles :)
Baste. The more pins the merrier :)
Quilt. The gloves really do make a difference, I highly recommend them :)
And bind! Remember those 15" strips you set aside. Put them in a mixed up color order and sew them up to make your binding strip. There is a great tutorial here on binding if you haven't done it before.
And you're done!! Sit back and Enjoy!!! Oh, and while you are enjoying head over to my Happy Quilting Tutorial's Flickr page to upload your quilt. I would love to see your work! Happy Quilting!!
One super fun and bright Sugar Pop N Change Quilt measuring 53" x 53". Happy Quilting!!