Frame Quilt Challenge 2023
August 2023 and beyond – Fourth Border – Curves - Part 5
The fourth border should have curves of some sort, doesn’t have to be complicated, if you are a fan of Drunkards Path or Orange Peel go for it!
If curved seams are a step too far, there is always applique, hand or machine or a mix of both. Bias strips creating loops and circles might also work.
Don’t let it drive you round the bend!
This is the last of the ‘required’ borders, how you choose to finish the quilt / hanging is up to you You might want to add a plain border or more than one if the size is not what you need.
There is no pressure, but it would be nice to see them all at Christmas!
July 2023 - Third Border - Stars - Part 4
Type of star, any size, any technique, any number.
With luck the length of the side of your square by now will give you enough space to have plenty of choice, if it makes it easier to fit the star/s of your choice, you can always add a wider strip of fabric to the previous border to give you more leeway to fit your stars.
The easiest stars are those based on three and four patch grids such as ‘friendship’ star’, Ohio star’, and ‘Twisted star; on the three grids and ‘spinning star’ and ‘variable star’ on a four grid, there are many combinations of half square triangles which can be used to create stars.
Stars can be made on foundations, and if using ‘diamonds’ it is probably best for ease and accuracy. Foundation pieced stars can always be applied to the border to make it even easier.
As always, your choice – a stat in each corner would suffice. Not need to wild – unless you want to!
June 2023 - Part 3
This month you will be making your second border - and the theme is triangles.
The easiest borders made of triangles are saw tooth, dogs' tooth or flying geese - and they are generally made of contrasting fabrics.
A saw tooth border is made of half square triangles, they can run in one direction or change direction at the midpoint, or whatever pleases you most.
The easiest way to make a dogs' tooth border is to cut dark and light squares 1.25" larger than the required base of the triangle (the hypontenuse) so it is on the straight grain, then the short sides are joined.
Flying geese are twice as wide as they are high andd made as if making quick sew half square triangles.
As always, feel free to do whatever suits or fits!
May 2023 - Part 2
This month you need to make your first round - and the theme is squares.
You can use squares straight, on point, or any other way that works for you!
You might want to investigate using Seminole patchwork. This technique is a good use for leftover strips from Jelly Rolls or other WoF (Width of Fabric) strips that you have.
When joining strips, stitch the fabrics together in the opposite direction each time, as sewing them in the same direction can tend to make the multi-fabric strip develop a curve!
A band of fabric will need to be added to either side of the strip, particularly if the squares are on point to add stability. This may be a chance to add another colour for emphasis.
Check your measurements and remember the corners!
April 2023 - Part 1
This is your challenge – should you wish to accept it – A Frame Quilt.
English quilts constructed by adding a series of borders around a centre square is generally called a Frame Quilt. In America they are called Medallion Quilts. The basic difference is that the centre of a Frame Quilt is set on point, and in a Medallion Quilt it isn’t.
The first part of the challenge is to create the centre block. This can be anything you want but it will have to have triangles added to each side to tip it on point before the first border is added around what is now a square.
You can choose whatever size centre you wish – from a miniature to a larger square, which will make a corresponding sized quilt as you work around it in future months.
If you start with a centre square of 12” finished size will become roughly 17” square when the setting triangles are added (and I use the term ‘roughly’ advisedly), a 10” square will become roughly 14.4” – 15”, and a 9” block will become 12.5” to 13” square.
Each month you will be given instructions as to what type of border you should add next. The finished size of your quilt will depend on the width of each border. It is intended to have four borders – in May, June, July and September, with a view to having at least the top finished by the Christmas party.
Don’t worry, hints and tips will be given as and when they arise, for example adding extra plain stripes to make fitting borders easier, so don’t panic – unless you are told to!
This is NOT a Round Robin, you will not pass it on each month, in fact, to make it more interesting, don’t share pictures, moans, groans or complaints and the end of it we will be thrilled, astonished, delighted and amazed at the brilliance of everyone’s quilt.