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
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
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.
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.
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.