Picket Fence Border for the Dawn to Dusk Quilt

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the Picket Fence pieced border I used on my Dawn to Dusk quilt.  The quilt is in my More Nickel Quilts book as well as The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Here is the link to the video  https://youtu.be/_zqo9TFtezM

This fun and unusual pieced border is really very easy to make!

Picket Fence Border

Using my basic Picket Fence units; one light and one dark.

Light and Dark Picket Fence Units

Then sewing them together into the border blocks.

Border block

So simple and yet it can add so much to a quilt!

Half Quilt Image B

This Picket Fence border is just one of the 260 pieced borders that are in my Nickel Quilts & Borders book.

Nickel Quilts & Borders

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/_zqo9TFtezM

Thank you,

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com

Pieced Border Options

This is the quilt I’m sleeping under on this trip.  I can’t help but smile when I walk into the hotel room and see one of my quilts on the bed. It’s the traditional Kansas Troubles block and I put a great pieced Nickel Border on it. I don’t have this quilt in any of my books or published patterns; I don’t really consider it a Nickel Quilt.  Having said that, this then is a good example for the fact that you can put a pieced Nickel Border on any quilt!

Kansas Troubles

Below is a close-up of the piece border on this quilt.  It’s made up of Picket Fence units; they have so many great design possibilities. This border option and many more are in my Nickel Quilts & Borders book.

Border Kansas Troubles

I’m teaching my Pieced Borders workshop a couple of times on this trip and one thing I always like to point out in the class is that any time you make a pieced border that is directional, be sure to flip the border and see what it looks like pointing in the opposite direction. Below is my Four Patch Plaid quilt from my first Nickel Quilt book.  I am using the same picket fence pieced border, but now the border is pointing in towards the quilt.

Four Patch Plaid

Close-up of the pieced border on Four Patch Plaid.

Border Four Patch Plaid

Now a closer look at how I turned the corners on the pieced borders.  With Kansas Troubles I felt that a Three Patch unit with a dark square in the corner was the perfect way to turn the corners.

Corner Kansas Troubles

For Four Patch Plaid, even though I used the very same border, it’s just pointed in towards the quilt, I felt that turning the corner with a four patch was the perfect option.

Corner Four Patch Plaid

So try out different pieced border options and audition different units to turn those corners.  And most of all, have fun!


Thrifting for Plaids and Denim

I’m a bargain shopper, an expert thrifter. Who doesn’t love getting a great deal and reusing things instead of just always buying new!? Well this mindset can certainly be applied to fabric shopping. With cotton prices sky-rocketing, maybe you’ll head to Goodwill for your next fabric fix like I do! Naturally, there are certain kinds of fabric that you can only find at quilt shops, but some types thrift stores have an abundance of- like plaids and denim!

I’m talking about cutting up shirts or dresses. I look for the largest sizes I can, to get the most fabric for the cost. Typically I also only buy the color tag that happens to be on sale that week. In Iowa, years ago when I first started buying plaid shirts and denim dresses from Goodwill I would go there on quarter days! I was getting beautiful plaid shirts (which I planned to cut up into 5″ squares) for a quarter!

Now this may seem crazy to you- cutting up a perfectly good shirt- but believe me, I am saving them! After being clearanced out at Goodwill they would have likely been donated and used as rags. This way, these lovely plaids get to be showcased in a quilt! In my last book, Nickel Quilts & Borders, I included a quilt made out of completely recycled plaids and denims- Hickory Hills (shown above).

Large panels are the easiest to cut up, which makes the back of the shirt most “valuable.” I simply cut around the seams with a scissors or rotary cutter and then cut it into squares or strips- a lot like cutting up a fat quarter. The front panels are also useful, but can be a little tricky. I usually cut around the pocket and save the buttons- you never know, they might come in handy some time.

And also, while you’re hunting through thrift stores for good plaids, you might even find something you want to wear! A few years ago when vintage western shirts (the kind with the pearl snaps) started becoming popular, my daughter Roxie asked me to start looking for them while thrifting. I’ve found loads of them, and can’t use them in quilts since they all tend to be polyster blends, but I’ve made Roxie and her friends very happy- supplying them with vintage shirts that cost only a fraction of what they would if bought elsewhere!

Now, don’t go sifting through your husband’s wardrobe looking for shirts to cut up- go save those ones from your local thrift store! Just think of it as Green Quilting!