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Cut 1 stack diagonally from lower left to upper right; cut the other stack diagonally from upper left to lower right. BLOCK ARRANGEMENT ■ For a square quilt, arrange the blocks 9 octagons by 9 octagons. ■ For a nearly square quilt, arrange the blocks 9 octagons by 10 octagons. ■ For a long and narrow quilt, arrange the blocks 8 octagons by 11 octagons. There is no rule here. The size and the shape of the quilt are up to you. Cut squares into triangles. Keep moving the octagons around until you find a pleasing combination.
The fabric. 5. Quilt and bind. OCTAGON BLOCKS 61 CHAPTER 6 Borders Red, 64˝ × 78˝, machine pieced and quilted by the author. 62 ONE-BLOCK WONDERS Measure the Quilt Top No matter how much I try, my quilts are never perfectly straight. I use the border fabric to make the quilt perfectly even. Measure the center width of your quilt. This is the quilt’s exact width. Some people measure the center, the top, and the bottom of the quilt and then take an average of the three. I just measure in the center, because that is the size I want the quilt to be.
6 12 18 24 30 Border Variations Make borders more interesting with patchwork accents. I used extra blocks in the corners of the borders in Blue on Blue (page 46). The smaller hexagons in the borders in Red were made from triangles cut from a stack of strips that measured 23⁄4˝ instead of 33⁄4˝ wide. Put those extra Sensational Squares to good use in Measure across the center. the borders. Extra squares were pieced into the borders in Kaleioflower (page 65) and were set on point in Hawaiian Vacation (page 48).