Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Sew Your Stash Along Step 9 (optional)

Sew Your Stash Along with Step 9 finishes 96'' x 96''

Those of you who completed Step 8 and are finished with the original plan of the quilt! However, I wanted to make my quilt KING size because my bed is king size. So I am sharing the extra border I have made for my quilt and you can add it to yours or not. Or you can add a totally different border if you like. It's your quilt, feel free to do whatever makes you happy!

Make the blocks:

Cut 4 strips 2'' x 6 1/2'' from your scraps (I alternated red and green.)
Cut 2 squares 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2'' from the background fabric.

Sew the strips lengthwise into 2 pairs of 2 strips. Press the seams open.
Layer a 3 1/2'' square (right sides together) on one end of each strip set.
Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner, making sure to alternate corners for each set.
Sew on the drawn lines, trim away the excess, leaving a 1/4'' seam allowance.
For the units on the left side of the block, press the seams toward the strips.
For the units on the right side of the block, press the seams toward the square.
This will allow the seams to 'nest'.
Sew the two units together and press the seams toward the left.

Make 56 blocks.

Make the corner squares:

Cut 4 squares 6 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' for the corner squares OR make any 6'' block you prefer.

I made square in a square blocks. For each of these blocks cut 1 center square 4 3/4'' x 4 3/4''. Cut 4 triangles from 3 1/2'' strips (as shown in previous steps). Sew the long side of the triangle to opposite sides of each square. Press toward the triangles. Sew the remaining triangles to the two remaining sides and press toward the triangles. The block will be 6 1/2'' square, no trimming needed. Make 4.

Make the borders:

Sew the blocks into four rows of 14 blocks.
Sew the corner squares onto both ends of 2 of the borders.
Sew the borders without the corner squares to opposite sides of the quilt. Press toward the border.
Sew the remaining borders onto the remaining sides of the quilt. Press toward the border.

Now your quilt is now 96'' x 96''. Congratulations!

Full disclosure:

I did add another two borders of plain fabrics to this to make it large enough for my 'pillow top' king size bed. I added a 3 1/2'' border of green and a 2 1/2'' border of red. (I made those choices because it was what I could do with the amount of fabric I had left.) My quilt is now 106'' x 106''. I will bind it in the red check. This quilt is currently on my longarm, or I would show you. I promise to share photos of it once it is quilted, bound and completed. And I want to see your photos as well!

Share your photos please!

Please share them on the facebook group page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1775034262724953/ or email them to me at butterflythreadsquilting@gmail.com and I will post them.

Did you know?

We have more than a dozen quilt guilds across the US and Canada sewing along with us? I've been contacted by lots of you with questions, comments and photos of your progress and I couldn't be more delighted! This is a lot of work to design, write, test, diagram, and post, so hearing back from those of you who are enjoying it, makes my efforts so rewarding. Thank you for sharing your experiences in return. I truly appreciate it!

In case you missed any of the fun along the way, here are the links:

Step 5
Step 6
Step 7 
Step 7 templates
Step 8

Guess What?

I've been asked to do another sew along for my local guild starting in September, so you have all summer to finish this one up before we begin again! Woohoo!! I hope you are as excited as I am!

Thanks again for Quilting Along with us!!
I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have,


  1. Your finished quilt top is beautiful! It is an inspiration to make one myself!

  2. That is such a beautiful quilt! Of course, I’m kicking myself for not joining in. Can’t wait to see yours done - and for the next QAL!

  3. Your quilt top is gorgeous. love the colors. looking forward to seeing a pic when it's all done.

  4. your quilt is beautiful, Diane! I haven't enough stash to make step 9!


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