These three borders are made
in the same basic way. They use a rectangle of any size, as long as
it is twice as long as it is wide, plus 1/2" added to its
width and length for seam allowances, and two squares half the
length of the finished size of the rectangle plus 1/2" for seam
allowances. 

Starting with the Herringbone
border, you see at left two rectangles and four squares, using
reverse colors. Line up a reverse color square with one end of a
rectangle, right sides together and all edges aligned. (I show them
staggered here just so you can see what I mean) Mark the diagonal in
the direction shown, and sew on the diagonal through both layers.*
Note that the reverse colored units have this drawn lines in the
opposite direction!... Cut off the excess seam allowance, and press the remainder towards
the darker fabric. Repeat this with another square on the other end
of the rectangle. Depending on which color arrangement you used, you
will end up with one or the other of the two pieced rectangles shown
at left... 

Now to make the Herringbone
Border you make rows , all the lt./dk./lt. ones in one row...all the
dk./lt./dk. ones in the next row...then join the rows, using a scant
1/4" seam...Here's
one that Karlene made! 

To Make the Diamonds Border, you
follow the same procedure, but use all the same color arrangement
rectangle units, and sew the vertically rather than horizontally! Here's
one that Karlene made! 

To make the Rick Rack Border,
use two different base rectangles, one slightly darker than the
other, and sew them side to side, as with the Diamonds, but flip
every other one...Note that the reverse colored units have the drawn
lines in the opposite direction!...Here's
one Karlene made! 
EXAMPLE: For a
Herringbone border, because it is made up of two rows of rectangles,
your finished desired border width needs to be something easily
divisible by 2...let's say you want a 4" wide border...your
rectangles would be 2 1/2" x 4 1/2", and your squares
would be 2 1/2". For a 6" wide border, use a 3 1/2" x
6 1/2" rectangle, and 3 1/2" squares.
EXAMPLE: For a Diamond border any
size rectangle that is twice as long as it is wide is appropriate.
For a 4" wide border, use a 4 1/2" x 2 1/2"
rectangle, and 2 1/2" squares. For a 6" wide border, use a
3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle, and 3 1/2" squares. The
Rick Rack Border would have the same examples! 
Nov 5 2001 Marcia Hohn 

