Quilt Safari, Part Eleven: Sewing the Diamond Border + Giveaway

Hey, hello lovelies! You should all have finished the quilt top by now, right? If not, don’t stress yourselves, you still have time until the final giveaway. You can find all the information about the giveaway further down in the post. Today we are sewing the rest of the border quilt blocks. Of course, it is also possible that you have already finished them.

Then you are one step ahead of us, bravo!

diamond border quilt block pattern

I think these diamond borders are super pretty and particularly suitable for our safari quilt, what do you think?

If you don’t like the design or don’t want to sew this version for other reasons, it doesn’t matter at all. It is just one of many ways to finish the quilt top. Of course, you can also sew a simple border to the quilt if you wish.

safari quilt pattern

Is this the first you’ve heard of our Quilt Safari quilt-along? No problem, here are all the Quilt Safari posts on the WeAllSew blog about our wonderful patchwork safari.

And here you can find the pattern for the safari quilt

Sew Quilt Borders with Diamond Blocks

Let’s start with the quilt blocks.

For this quilt, you need 30 diamond border quilt blocks in the size 8 “x 4”.

You will need 9 blocks each, for the right and left sides of the quilt top and 6 each, for the top and bottom edges of the quilt.

diamond border quilt block pattern

At the beginning of the quilt-along, I introduced you to two different ways of sewing these border blocks. You can read all about it here, in case you are hearing about it for the first time today.

I sewed my border quilt blocks on paper. For me personally, I like this method better, I just like the extra stability of the paper. Here you can see my border blocks:

Now join the diamond border blocks together as mentioned above and cut 4 corner blocks measuring 4.5″ x 4.5″.

Sew two strips with 6 diamond border blocks each and two strips with 9 border blocks each. Please make sure that you don’t pull the blocks too much, as the triangles are quite stretchy. Especially if you have opted for the freezer paper sewing method.

Attach the corner blocks to the shorter strips.

diamond border quilt block pattern

Now first sew the long border strips to the right and left side of the quilt top. Then add the shorter ones to the top and bottom edges of the quilt top.

Of course, you can also add a different border to your quilt top. This is just the version that I personally find very suitable for this quilt. What do you think?

Safari quilt pattern

You have made it! All the foundation paper piecing blocks are sewn together to make a super pretty quilt top. YAAAAAY … that’s a reason to really celebrate! Or do you disagree?

I’m sure now you will try many other foundation paper piecing patterns and create lots of other projects.

I Want to See Your Quilt Tops!

I’m sure your quilt tops turned out fantastic. I am so excited to see your photos. Show them to me on social media or in the community section of the blog! Always use the hashtag #Quiltsafari on Instagram and Facebook. In the Community Section of the blog, don’t forget to select the “Quilt Safari” campaign.

If you would like me to share your photos on social media (with or without tag and your name), you are very welcome to send me the photos by email to [email protected].

I am a little sad that this quilt-along is coming to an end. It has given me immense pleasure to accompany you on this journey again.

I very much hope that you have had as much fun as I have had and that you have achieved what you set out to do.

But after the project is always before the project. So stay tuned for new things here on the WeAllSew blog. In any case, we will continue internationally 😉 and colorful!

Join the Final Giveaway Now!

Now you are ready to take part in the final giveaway. As I mentioned at the beginning, this series was about making a great quilt top using the foundation paper piecing method. You did a fantastic job. Three winners will be chosen at random to receive one of the following prizes!

Prize #1: bernette 77

BERNINA is offering a bernette 77 as the main prize. The machine from the bernette 70 series offers convenient features such as a color 5-inch touch screen for intuitive navigation, a dual feed for even feeding of all materials, a programmable foot control with back-kick function and many other extras.

Prize #2: Mettler Thread Sets “Passionate Quilting” and “Sense of Tradition”

A special surprise prize will be contributed by Mettler.

I’m sure you know the thread Silk-Finish Cotton 40? This is the patchwork professional of the Mettler thread range.

This kit will make the hearts of passionate quilters beat faster! Twelve spools in attractive colors can be stored in a high-quality storage box. With SILK-FINISH COTTON 40 you get the right sewing thread for all your patchwork and quilting projects. The high-quality, slightly thicker yarn made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton is also ideal for creating breathtaking decorative seams and embroidery patterns.

The Passionate Quilting color combination contains 12 cross-wound spools of 1000 m each in colorful but universally applicable shades for your quilting work.

The prize to be won is one of the new high-quality 12-piece Silk-Finish Cotton 40 kits, each with 12 spools of the new 1000m design in a practical storage box: the colorful “Passionate Quilting” color combination and the “Sense of Tradition” set with more muted colors.


Prize #3: Three patterns from Joe, June and Mae

You’re able to win any three patterns ( your choice)  from Joe, June and Mae worth €7.90 each.

How to Enter the Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, post a photo showing your finished quilt top by June 16, 2024. So if you are not quite finished yet, you still have over a month from today. Important: We are not looking to award a prize for the “best” quilt. I just want you to have finished a beautiful safari quilt, to have learned a lot and to have had fun sewing it. The lottery will decide who wins.

Giveaway Details

  • Anyone who shares a photo of their quilt top using #quiltsafari on Instagram or uploads it to the WeAllSew Community Section will be entered into the giveaway.
  • Your quilt top should have been sewn in original size according to the instructions for the Quilt Safari.
  • You are free to choose your own fabrics, colors and materials.
  • Binding is not necessary and the quilting does not have to be completed.
  • Three winners will be chosen at random. You can participate simultaneously on Instagram and in the WeAllSew Community Section. This increases your chances of winning.

Don’t forget to select “Quilt Safari” in the drop-down list under “Join in” when uploading to the WeAllSew Community Section.

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Instagram and WeAllSew Community Section posts must be posyed by June 16, 2024, at 11:59 pm CST. Three winners will be chosen randomly. Items given away in order of names drawn. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond and claim the prize.

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