I thought I'd share with you the progress I've made on the cherry quilt. Here's what it looks like tonight:
I think I want to add a yellow border next with a scalloped edge and then the final border will be red and white. I think, anyway. I ordered a book and a ruler for making scalloped borders about a week ago and it should be here any day now. Until it arrives, though, I'll probably do a little more work on the patriotic/4th of July quilt I started piecing a couple weeks ago.
I have read and heard from a number of quilters that they have a hard time with quilts that use diagonal or on-point sets, so with that in mind, I took a few photos for a mini-tutorial that may make the concept a little bit easier. This is the method that Lindy at Bear Paws & Hollyhocks likes to teach to quilters who have a hard time with this.
First, put your blocks up on a design wall or other flat surface. Here are mine:
Now visualize a center "square"--yes, it will look like a diamond, but tilt your head a little.
Ignore the "corner" sections for now. Move them out of the way if you need to. Then piece that center square just like you would a straight set of blocks. Put the center "square" back up on the wall and arrange the corner sections in the correct positions.
At this point, you'll have to sew those corners together, but now those sections are small and easier to tackle.
Once you have the center all pieced and the corner sections pieced, you're ready to sew the final seams to join the corners to the center.
Easy as Cherry Pie?!