PIANO KEYS QUILT BORDER

Piano keys quilt border

Piano keys quilt border

 

Sometimes I can be very boring with my quilt borders and just use a couple of frames of the quilt fabric, but I do like experimenting with different quilt borders and the piano key quilt border is great when you want something a little different.

 

Cut fabric strips for the piano keys border

Make squares of piano keys border

Make squares of piano keys border

 

I had used four fabrics in this particular quilt so I cut 1.1/2″ strips of all four fabrics and sewed them together along the length.  These were then cut at 4.1/2″ intervals to make squares.  Sew the squares together as above to make whatever length you need for your piano keys quilt border.

 

 Cornerstones for piano keys quilt border

Use piano keys quilt border right into the corner

Use piano keys quilt border right into the corner

Plain square for cornerstone

Plain square for cornerstone

Cornerstones can be a problem.  It is perfectly possible to continue the piano keys border right into the corner, but I didn’t feel that looked like, so I needed a cornerstone.

One option would be a plain square for the cornerstone.

 

Four patch unit for the cornerstone

Four patch unit for the cornerstone

Four patch unit rotated

Four patch unit rotated

 

Another option that I tried was a four patch unit using 2.1/2″ squares of the four colours that I had used in the quilt.  No matter which way I rotated the four patch it still didn’t give quite the look that I wanted.

 

Cornerstone based on log cabin

Cornerstone based on log cabin

Cornerstone for the piano keys quilt border

Cornerstone for the piano keys quilt border

Finally I tried using a 1.1/2″ square of one fabric and then building around it with 1.1/2″ strips of the other fabrics used in the quilt.  Success!  I liked the look at last and decided to use the square placed as shown on the right with the white on the outside to go with my piano keys quilt border.

 

I also used the piano keys quilt border in the Atlanta quilt.

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Comments

  1. Very helpful and clear, thank you

  2. thank you. just what I was looking for.

  3. Love it Rose, very sharp and thank you for posting this, it seems simple with your explanation!!!!

  4. Love all the options you have shown here. Very creative! But really love your final choice. I would have never thought to go that fancy,

  5. Jolene Wickel says:

    Thanks so much for this help!! I am improvising a quilt top from a panel and thought the piano keys would be a nice touch for the border. I love your cornerstone block!

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