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What has a bishop got to do with it?

The final round has dawned. It simply consists of one fabric, showing some stripes and a floral twirl.

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

The exciting thing, however, are the corners. They are mitered, which does not mean that a bishop is invested, but rather that the border strips meet diagonally. Therefore, I sewed the four border strips to the sides of the quilt top stopping short from the quilt corners. I pressed the seams and layed the quilt top right side up. Then I folded the border ends back forming a 45-degree-angle and pressed it.

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

Next, I sewed exactly along this crease and pressed the seam open.

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

I flipped the quilt right side up again to check if the angle line is accurate and the corner is flat and square.

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

Not till then, I trimmed the excess fabric.

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

This is how the finished corner looks like:

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

I did a mitered border for the first time and am very glad to say that I succeeded with all four corners at first try.

Final rounds

Nine false log cabin squares have been sewn into one big square, and onto the four intersection points I have appliquéed another flower – this time of two different plaids than the other nine flowers.

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

For a first border, I appliquéed a half oval onto a square consisting of two different fabrics. I made 48 of these squares. 

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

Then I joined 4 times 12 of them to form a long strip and sewed these 4 strips to the 4 sides of the quilt top. This makes a very beautiful wavy frame.

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

The 4 corners were embellished by two petals each.

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

The second border will follow soon. Hang on …