Thursday, August 21, 2014

State Fair sew-along finish

The last step for the State Fair quilt is to assemble all the blocks and add borders.

It's just a huge 9-patch, with Sunflower blocks in the center & corners, and Single Irish Chain blocks on the sides.

The first border is green and cut at 2-inches wide. The second border is cut at 1-1/2-inches wide from a chocolate brown. The final border is cut 4-inches wide from a sunflower print that was leftover from a project my sister-in-law did years ago.  Time to use that up!  The final size is 39 inches square unfinished, so a single width of fabric will perfectly fit for a backing. A dark green fabric should look nice for the binding.

I hope you had the chance to sew along.  This would be such an adorable baby quilt, and you could easily change the colors of the flowers.  Sew many possibilities!

There are such beautiful quilts here every year at the Minnesota State Fair.  I have never entered anything at all, but way back in the 1920's and 1930's my grandmother won ribbons for her smocking, my mother won a ribbon for her sewing, and my mother-in-law entered her 4-H calf and won a ribbon too! Have you ever entered anything in your State or County Fair?

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  1. That turned out so well. Good luck at the fair.

  2. Love the choice of colours! Gives such a classic look to this block.