On point quilts in Electric Quilt, Gathering Stars and Sprigs top done!

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Here it is, my version of Stars and Sprigs by Kim McLean, which I’m calling Gathering Stars and Sprigs.

The quilt centre sat on my shelf for a few months while I thought about borders.  I didn’t want to do the applique borders, as wonderful as they are, as I really wanted this to be a practical quilt and with two dogs jumping off and on our bed, I could just see all that applique being clawed and pawed!!

Once I decided on a pieced border, I had to tackle the Electric Quilt math!  A quilt on point will always end up with a weird size, in this case 67.882.  When you add the next border, the size will have to be something that roughly adds up to a size for the next border that you can use to divide into yet another border.  I added a 2.125″ border, which meant that the quilt was now 72.132″ big. Okay, so I can divide 4″ into 72″, and kind of forget about the .132″ as it is less than an 1/8″ and that small an amount can be eased into a quilt of this size.

So now I make a new quilt.  I set four  blocks into a square quilt, to make a quilt centre that is  67.75″ big.  That extra, between 67.882 of the original and 67.75 for the planning quilt, can be eased in with the first border.  From then on, I can add borders to my hearts content, always only seeing reasonable decimals that 1/8″ or 1/4″.

Hope this makes sense!

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