Wavy Nine Patch Border - a Tutorial

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop! Hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict, we’re about halfway through a whole bunch of tutorials to get you started on Christmas quilts and presents!

My tutorial is for a wavy quilt border - no, not THAT kind of wavy. I’m a firm believer in properly measuring for borders. {See this post explaining how!} My wave is from the layout of the nine-patches in the border.

I tried it out in the last border of my brother-in-law’s Army medallion, and while I liked the ease of piecing {every block is the same, yay!}, I wanted to see if I could get a more defined wave.

I can, but....I can’t get the seams to nest. I mean, I could. But each side of the border is a different set of pressing instructions, with four different blocks. So you would end up with Block A, Pressing Variation 1, make five; Block A, Pressing Variation 2, make 5; etc. In order to not complicate things beyond control, press all seams open. I KNOW. Trust me, it’s not my first choice, either.

The other complicating factor is your inner quilt size, obviously. These are 6” finished nine patches, so the inner quilt has to be a common denominator of that. Mine is 60x60”, to use an even ten blocks around the border. {Not counting corners.} I used a 7x7 layout of 8” finished blocks and a 2” stop border to get to 60x60.” Also, if you go bigger or rectangular with your quilt, the corner blocks may change.


Fabric Requirements

If you don’t want to go scrappy, like me!

Red - 22.5” or 5/8 yards {exactly, so if you want wiggle room to square up, get a bit more}

Aqua - 20” or 5/8 yards

Green - 22.5” or 5/8 yards {again, exactly}


Cut nine 2.5” strips of red and green. Subcut to {134} 2.5” squares.

Cut eight 2.5” strips of teal. Subcut to {128} 2.5” squares.


The Blocks

I know, a lot of them look alike. The difference is subtle but it matters!

A - make ten.


B  - make ten.


C  - make ten.


D - make ten.


Corner 1  - make two.


Corner 2  -make two.


The Layout

Just go slow and make sure you’re aligning the blocks correctly. I built one side at a time and kept my blocks stacked and labeled. {And then labeled the sides, too!}

And then attach them to your quilt! And you have a lovely wavy border!

My inner quilt is a double four patch, using these instructions. It’s a wee bit chaotic, but hey - so is Christmas, right?


Don’t forget to visit Confessions of a Fabric Addict for daily quilt along instructions, and my fellow bloggers today, Quilted Blooms and QuiltFabrication. If you leave a comment on all four blogs, you’ll be entered into a daily giveaway for Tula Pink’s new Christmas line! AND, if you leave a comment on every blog, every day, you’ll be entered into the grand prize giveaway!


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