Friday, April 12, 2019

mosaic jig qal - border one

Hi Everyone! Thanks for joining us on another edition of the Mosaic Jig Quilt Along. This week we will be putting on the first border. It will be an easy assigment with a little bit of applique. I hope you will like it.

First of all, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for reading my blog posts and participating in the quilt along. I am very honored! Thank you!

Here is a reminder of previous posts if you missed one.

Material and Fabric Requirements (March 1)
Preparation and Cutting Instructions (March 15)
Center Mosaic Medallion (March 29)
Border One (April 12)
Mosaic Blocks (April 26)
Record Blocks (May 10)
Finishing (May 26)

Preparation & Reminders

Please read through the instructions before you begin. You should have knowledge of sewing as well as how to use templates to complete this quilt.
  • Use high quality patchwork/quilting fabrics and thread for longer endurance.
  • All dimensions are given in inches.
  • Use a scant 1/4" seam allowance for all seams unless otherwise given.
  • Finger press as you go. Press with a warm iron to set your seams. Do not use steam to set seams.
  • Use a 2.0 stitch length for smaller blocks. Use a 2.0 - 2.5 stitch length for larger blocks.
  • Clip off dog ears as you sew.
Additionally, if you are using a translator to translate this information, the fractions will probably be lost in the translation. Please print out the original dimensions.


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Border One

Let's get on to the first border, shall we? It is rather simple with a few dots in the corners and a striped border that will fram the center mosaic block. It shouldn't take that long to make it. You can read the below blog post for in-depth photo explanations and download the PDF with pattern-like illustrations on my website.

Let us first start with the appliqué dots. If you do not like to appliqué at all and don't wish to make those round dots, just use an accent-colored square 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" instead. The effect will be slightly different, but still look great.

Here's what you need to get started:

Total Number of Patches
Dimensions in Inches
Med 1
Med 2
3 ½ x 3 ½

3 ½ x 3 ½

3 ½ x 5 ½

1 ⅝ x 20 ½


1 ¼ x 20 ½ 



Make the Dots


Method 1

There are several methods of appliqué - Raw Edge, Needle-Turn, and Starch Appliqué. There is also another method which my friend, Katrin, reminded me about. (She is also sewing along, so go check out her account!) It is actually the very first method I used when learning how to appliqué. There must be a name for it. I refer to it as Stitch-n-Flip Appliqué. So if you know the name, please share with us.

You will need your accent circles cut out along the seam allowance of the template. Place it right-sides-together on the the fabric dryer sheet or light (non-fusible) interfacing or Stich and Tear product. Sew around the edge of the circle with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Make a small slit in the middle of the interfacing. Trim the dryer sheet flush with the dot.

Cut slits in the seam allowance on the outer edge of the dot to allow it to better hold the roundness of the curves. Flip right side out. Adjust the curves by pushing the seam allowance outward with a pair of scissors or a chopstick. Press. Center on the background DB square. Appliqué with your favorite stitch. Finished.

Method 2

After preparing my dots using Method 1, I didn't really like the choppy edge of the dots. I decided to use raw edge appliqué for my blocks instead. Since my quilt will probably not get washed, this is the best option for me. It is simple, quick and gives me the best result.

Fuse squares of fabric to backed fusible web such as Pellon Wunder Under or Vliesoline Soluvlies. Trace the circles onto the webbing.

Cut out carefully along the circle outlines. If your raw edge is not perfect, it will be seen on the end block. Take extra care when cutting.

Peel off the paper. Fuse the center of the squares. (Find the center of the squares by folding in half horizontally and vertically creasing in the middle with your fingers.)

Appliqué with your favorite stitch. (I used a simple 2,5 straight stitch in matching thread.) You can see the direct comparison of my blocks below. Which method appeals to you more?

Striped Borders

Take one R stripe and sew one Q stripe to each side. Press towards the middle. Measure the width. It may be slightly wider than 3 1/2". I originally had a larger width dimension in the Q patches just in case your center mosaic was sewn larger. Trim about 1/8" off of each side if you used the original cutting guide. If you use the dimensions stated in this post, you shouldn't have to trim anything off.


Finishing the Border

Add one side border to each side of your Mosaic Jig Medallion. Sew a Dot block to each end of the remaining two Striped borders and add to the top and bottom of the center block. Finished.

Now was that easy or what?

Please share with all of us your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #mosaicjigqal. We look forward to seeing all of your beautiful quilts.

Join us on April 26 for the Mosiac Jig blocks. They will be a bit more challenging, but I know you can do it. Here's a another sneak peek of what's to follow.

Thank you for stopping by. Happy quilting!


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