Today I have a tutorial on the Riley Blake Cutting Corners College blog for this fun Vintage Verona Hourglass quilt.
When I was adding the borders to this quilt, I felt it needed a little bit more navy to help frame center portion of the quilt. So I decided to add a flange. It’s quick and easy and I love the way it looks. Want to know how to do it?
Time to sew the flange to the quilt top. I like to add the flange to the sides of the quilt first and then the top and bottom.
Start at the top right corner of the quilt. Place the flange, raw edge facing out and lining up with the raw edge of the quilt. That nice, folded edge of the flange should be facing in towards the middle of the quilt top. Stitch, using about an 1/8” seam. (If you were to use a 1/4” seam here, your stitching may show once you add the border.)
Now we’ll add the flange to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Line up the starting edge of the flange like you did for the sides of the quilt. The ends will overlap here like this:
Continue stitching along until you come to the next corner. Trim the flange like you did before. Your finished corners will look something like this:
Now repeat until all four sides of the quilt have the flange attached.
Now just as an FYI, you can add a flange to the inside of a border (like I’m showing here) or you can add it to the inside of a quilt binding. Also cool. If this flange were going to be inside of a binding, you would follow the steps above, and then add your binding as you do normally.
For us, we will follow the instructions on the pattern to add the quilt borders. Consider the flange just a part of the quilt top.
Give the quilt top a nice press, especially right along that edge between the flange and the border:
And your quilt top is ready for quilting!
I’ve received a number of questions from this post about sewing equilateral triangles. So this week I’ll have a quick project to show you that uses equilaterals. For those of you that are new to Eq. triangles it will be a great way to get your feet wet without committing to a large, time (and money) consuming project!