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No matter how many times we check and double-check a pattern, sometimes we make a mistake. More often than not when we get asked if a pattern is correct, it actually is (though we always check again anyway). Sometimes it just makes more sense once you’ve made a block than before you’ve made one. When we got an email asking about the border unit assembly in Music of the Seasons from our Best Quilts for Christmas 2011 issue, the E and F patch sizes sounded like they weren’t going to go together the way they should, and it turns out the F patch size asked for is a bit larger than needed.
The block size in Music of the Seasons is 9″ finished, and I had a miscellaneous 9″ block laying around I could turn into a small quilt if I made three more of that block and added the border from Music of the Seasons around them. I’ve always liked that border, and it would be a good way to do some test sewing on the patch sizes. The original pattern is a bed runner, but there’s no reason the same pattern can’t be used to make a different size quilt. Below is what a corner unit and a border unit look like laid out as cut patches. The F half square triangles in the image were cut from 3″ squares, not the 3 1/2″ squares the pattern calls for. If cut from 3 1/2″ squares, they can be trimmed down once sewn. The 90 degree angle corners of the triangles should be matched on the squares when sewn with the 45 degree angle corners hanging off by 1/4″ which can be trimmed off later. The black folded squares are rolled back and appliqued in place after the patches are sewn together to create a ribbon effect.
Below is one corner unit and three border units sewn together, laid out above the block I’m going to make three more of. If cutting down from the 3 1/2″ square triangles, the points of the squares should have a 1/4″ seam allowance beyond them. The block I’m using happens to be, coincidentally, the same quilt block being made in McCall’s Quilt Along Glorieta Lesson 7 of 12, which aired this week. It looks quite different with the different fabrics!
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