I started working on the Fire Island Hosta quilt pattern (by Judy Neimeyer) last summer. I made many sections of the quilt but had not started to put the sections together. Last month I started to put the sections together. I watched some Youtube videos about putting together this quilt top. After watching some videos, I started using a fabric glue stick to put together the curved sections. It was a lot easier to “ease” the fabric on the curves using the glue stick and less pins required. I am amazed that all the sections went together – even matched the seams in the middle. Next, I had to figure out the borders because I had bought the wrong size by mistake – I bought the 74″ square quilt pattern instead of a queen size pattern (94″ square). So I needed to figure out more borders to make the quilt bigger. First I added a narrow blue dot border (about 1″) then a scrappy border using leftover fabric from the quilt top. The final border was a large print fabric but needed some cornerstones to add interest to the border.
I looked for a 9″ paper pieced quilt square pattern online and found a pattern with points. I made 4 blocks and was disappointed that they weren’t all the same size when I finished. Also the finished quilt square reminded me of corn on the cob. So I went in search of another pattern – this time a pieced pattern.
I am burnt out with paper piecing right now. So I selected different scraps from the quilt and made 4 more cornerstone blocks. I like the new cornerstones better. I am glad that I decided to make new blocks. After all the work that went into making this quilt, I needed to be happy with the borders too.
Once I piece a backing together, I will send it to my friend Sarah for long arm quilting. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna