|Framing Your Fabric Square:
Each square can be framed in many ways. Here are two suggestions:
Frame with Squares:
Note: The bird, pumpkin, leaf, and flower pictured from my cover
quilt have strips of fabric sewn along two opposite sides of each design.
This was done to make these design squares fall in the right place in the
overall cover design.
Cut 16 squares, 9/8 inches on a side. Choose fabrics close in color to
Sew four together in a strip. Sew the strip along one side of the square.
Repeat for opposite side of square.
Sew 6 squares into a strip. Sew this strip onto the third side of the square.
Repeat for fourth side of square.
Frame in a Medallion:
Note: If you wish to frame your cherries in a medallion, you may
want to have your background color in all four corners. To do this
add an extra piece of background fabric across the corner of the leaf on
Section B, seaming on the dotted line.
Cut 8 squares, 9/8 inches on a side, from the same fabric you used for
the background. Cut 8 squares of a contrasting color.
Place a background square right sides together with a contrasting square.
Sew on the diagonal. Trim the seam and press open. You should now
have a square made of two triangles. Do this 7 more times.
Sew two of these squares made of triangles together so the background colors
join making a point. Do this 3 more times.
For the other small squares around the design square you can make more
“half-square triangles” or you can use simple squares. For simple
squares cut 12 squares from your contrasting fabric. For squares made with
triangles cut 24 squares and join them as in Step 2.
Sew a square (either a plain square or one made with triangles) on either
side of one of your “points” from Step 3. Sew this strip along one
side of your design square, being careful that the point goes away from
the design. Repeat for the opposite side.
Repeat Step 5 adding one more square at the end of each strip. Join these
to the other sides of the design square.
You can finish an individual block to make a small article such as
a pot-holder or hot-plate, or join blocks together to create a larger quilt.