Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And it is the fourth installment for the free, follow-along quilt called “Glorious and Free.” Now I’d like to just take a minute to thank everybody who has been joining along. It has been a lot of fun doing this with you. And in this week we are going to do the final border, so let’s get started. In each of the videos there has been a free pdf that you’re able to print out, and this is the last week. And what we’re going to do is this outside border. It’s going to consist of these little blocks with a straight row. Very easy. Then we’re going to add those four last maple leafs that we did. These are going to be cornerstones. I’m going to continue with the same color, that tomato red and beautiful white from Northcott. I’m going to cut all the pieces that I need, following the cutting directions. And I do like to use my marked pins to keep me straight. So I’m going to need three strips each cut of the red and white at 2½”. And in the red and white I need three cut at 4½”. We’re going to take these piles and we’re going to make strip sets. So we’re going to take a large and a small and sew them together in units. I’m going to have three strip sets of each color. So I’m going to have the red and the large white; the white and the large red. Iron those seams going towards the red in each side. So it’s going towards the large one and going towards the small one. When the strip sets are done, we’re going to need to cut them apart because we’re going to sew them together. We’re going to need four units that look like this. But there’s an easy way to cut them together so that they’re all set together when you go to the machine. We’re going to need opposite strip sets and we’re going to place them together. Because the seams were pressed towards the red they’re going to be able to nestle right along that edge. You’re going to be able to feel that that seam is nestled right up to the one underneath. You’re also going to be able to tell by the way it’s lined up. Match up the entire strip set. Now you can cut your sets. They’re going to need to be cut at 2½”. Once you have them all cut out you’re going to be able to keep those two pieces together and bring them to the machine just like this. And if you put the small red one on the top and start with your needle here and go down, they’re all going to be in the same direction. You need them to go into the same direction. So you must keep the small red one in the same corner. If you sew along the wrong side the strip set is going to look different and they won’t match up. And when these strip sets are sewn together, we need to sew them together again, and that is why it’s important to have them going in the same order. And by cutting the strip sets together it’s going to save you time having to match them together, and you’ll keep them all in order. So you’ll just grab the first two and bring it to the machine. You can always pin them and line them up right at the machine. So you’re going to need 40 of each of these sets to go to the machine. You’ll get anywhere between 16 to 17 little pieces from that strip. And when you’re done sewing you’re going to have 40 of these units. Now it recommends taking both of those seams and pressing them towards the white. And that’s going to open up that little seam here and it’s going to look like a tiny little four patch. And that’s what you want. It’s going to lay nice and flat. And when you’re done pressing these, you’re going to be able to sew them together. And that is going to make those seams opposing right there in the corner. And you’re going to be able to do the same thing is to press one seam going in one direction, one in the other, and you’ll be able to just rub that little area with your nail and it’s going to open up. So ten of these together and you’re going to have four strips. We now have four borders. They’re 60½” long What we have left are the six strips that we cut from the white at 2½”, and that was the whole width of the fabric. It was letter E and we need to make four strips at 60½”. These long strips are going to match the pieced strips. And you need to sew it on the side that has the larger red blocks. When the white been put on, press the seam towards the white. And the back is going to have this nice clean look with all your little squares and it’s nice and flat. One other thing that I would recommend doing and it’s not mandatory. But this is going to be the very outside edge and because you have so many little seams, they will have a tendency to pull apart before you get to have it quilted, so I would recommend doing a stitch. And it’s not stitching anything together; you’re just stitching along and that’s going to keep those seams from coming apart. So use a small seam allowance like an eighth of an inch, anything smaller than a quarter of an inch, and it’s going to keep it nice until you get it quilted. We now have four borders and the four final maple leafs. If you do this top stitching, I would recommend to do the top stitching along the top two corners, And that is for the same reason: Just so that you don’t have those seams coming apart. So just stitch like you’ve done for the top here to hold all those seams together. Take two of those long borders and put maple leafs on each end. The first one, you’re going to have your little red square, your white, the white border. Have the stem coming into that white. Then if you go all the way to the other side, the stem is also going to go towards the white. The leaf points are going to be pointing into the quilt. The borders are done; let’s put them on the quilt. And because the quilt is a square, you’re going to be able to choose any two sides opposing each other to put the borders on. That white border is going to get sewn on the red piece, and that is why we did that extra row of stitching here to secure it. So match up your edges and sew this border on two opposing sides. Now we’re able to put on the very last border, and those leaf points are going to go in towards the quilt. And the corners are slightly different because of the way the pattern goes. You have your two small on one side and the two large on the other. Glorious and Free is now done. This was a fun quilt to make with the maple leafs and all those checkered blocks inside. It was really easy to put together. Now this was done with only two different fabrics but it could be done with many different fabrics, using up scraps. Each maple leaf and every checker could be done in a different color; would be a totally different-looking quilt. I do hope you give it a try and, as always, thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re doing next time in the sewing room. Bye for now.