If you have your quilt top layout finished and your looking for ideas for the border here is how I pieced mine… I made the border for my sampler quilt using a wedge ruler.  I absolutely love how this border came out, but I want to caution you that there will be some ‘left over’ wedges when you use this tutorial so please read through this post before deciding if this method is right for you.

scrap happy bom sampler quilt

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STEP 1 ~ I used an 8″  ez Dresden ruler to cut wedges from various fabric scraps that are 8″ in height x random width.

place ruler along bottom edge and cut first wedge
place ruler along bottom edge and cut first wedge
rotate wedge ruler 90 degrees to make second cut
rotate wedge ruler 180 degrees to make second cut
continue to rotate wedge ruler until you have the desired number of wedges.
continue to rotate wedge ruler 180 degrees after each cut until you have the desired number of wedges

STEP 2 ~ Piece together a background fabric piece (5.25″ height) to a colored fabric scrap (3.25″ height).

sew together ~ 1/4" seam allowance
sew together ~ 1/4″ seam allowance

Cut wedges in same manner as step 1 using pieced unit.

pieced unit will be 8" in height x random width
pieced unit will be 8″ in height x random width

cut pieced wedges in a variety of colors

STEP 3 ~ Piece together wedges.

arrange wedges in order
arrange wedges (alternating one solid and one pieced)  in pleasing order.

Step 4 ~ For each of the 4 border units, press under the short end 1/4″.

Step 5 ~ Pin 2 border units on long sides of quilt and sew in place using 1/4″ seam allowance. Pin border units on short sides of quilt and sew in place using 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 6 ~ For each corner sew together 4 wedges (with white points) and slide units behind quilt top corners. 

quilt wedge border

Step 7

Center and slipstitch corner unit to borders.

quilt wedge border

Borders Done!

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Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

with finishing scrappy border instructions

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

Playing Catch Up? ~

Complete the block patterns

Assemble/Sew using block layout

Add a quilt border

Make a quilt sandwich

Next steps are hand quilting

Making bias binding

Attaching the binding

And finishing with a label

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Tutorial ~ how to make a scrappy quilt border with wedges


ps ~ those extra wedges are going into the next scrappy project!




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12 Comments on “Finishing ~ Scrappy Quilt Border”

  1. I LOVE it! I pinned it so I can find it again when I get my 4×5 swap top assembled. It’s on my UFO list for 2014. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks Sherri! I have a plan for my blocks, but i’m not sure how it will look. I’m thinking of framing each of the block sets with bright solids (using my design wall layout), and then adding a “cool” border like yours. You can tell your kids I said “cool” again Lol.

    • Maureen! The cool comment made me literally laugh out loud! So funny! I can’t wait to see your finished quilt! I’m SURE it will be beautiful.

  3. Sherri, thanks so very much for posting the instructions for making the border. Last week, when I saw your border, I loved it! I got out my Dresden Plate template to use to make my border. I am glad I chose the right thing. As a new quilter, I so enjoyed your Scrappy BOM. I learned so much in the process and made blocks I never dreamed I could make. I am excited about finishing my quilt! Thanks!

  4. Hi Sherri,

    Thank you for this Awesome project! It will definately be my 2014 Block of the Month. I can’t wait to get started.


  5. What an awesome idea to use quarter-dresdens for rounded corners! Totally borrowing this for something in the works :) Thanks for the inspiration!