Now we add the Inner Border! Cut your lengths as you need them from the strips you made in Step 2! Follow the diagram on Page 8 to add the borders in order. Same time next week for the next step--have your Susannah blocks ready!
Measure your quilt through the center to find how long to cut the Inner Border strips. Cut both (top and bottom) strips to this measurement (Erik recommends marking the correct length and cutting the fabric strip a little bit longer, just in case you need a tiny bit of fabric at the end). The diagram on Page 8 shows where to measure for the top and bottom borders.
After the top and bottom borders are sewn in place, measure as before following the page 8 diagram, and sew these borders in place. Always measure through the middle of the quilt; gravity and stress and make the outside edges larger and distort your quilt. If there is a big difference in the measurement taken from the middle and the outside edge, you will need to either gently stretch the border piece to fit, or lightly ease the center of the quilt to the length needed. Usually there is not too much distortion in Rail Fence blocks because they are cut straight of grain (on all sides!). It is a good idea to use this technique for all of your quilts since it really helps to keep the quilt square!
Once your boders are in place, cut the Outer Border strips for the next set of instructions.
Click here to print a copy of page 7-->Download Craft pdf Template-Our Susannah! Quilt page 7
Click here to print a copy of page 8-->Download Craft pdf Template-Our Susannah! Quilt page 8
This is the fifth post in a series to make Our Susannah! Quilt. The instructions post every Monday until complete and are offered as a quilt-a-long mystery. If you need to print more copies or are missing any of the instruction pages, click on the DON'T MISS A STEP Susannah Block photo on the right side of our Main/Home Page. If you need help or further instruction, please contact Erik HOMEMADE(R)!