Welcome back, quilt-alongers!
Border 3 is a little more involved than the others we've done so far, so I'm going to take two weeks to make it. This week, I'm making the X and plus units, which are described in Steps 1 and 2 on Page 10 of the pdf pattern.
As you make the X units, keep in mind that they will eventually be arranged like the units in the above photo. If you're using directional print fabrics, pay attention to the orientation of the prints and the way you add the white pieces.
Marking all 160 of the the 2" white squares can be tedious, so here's a shortcut to help: Line up four squares at a time along one of the vertical lines on your mat (as shown in the above photo) and mark all four of them at once. It will still take a while, but not quite as long as marking them individually!
The block diagrams along the right side of Page 10 include suggested fabric combinations for the blocks. These may be helpful, but don't feel like you have to duplicate them exactly.
If you're using print fabrics (especially if you have multiple prints in different colors) you may find that you can create better fabric pairings by ignoring the diagrams. Here's an easy way to do that and still end up with the neutral fabrics evenly distributed among the blocks:
1. Starting with 1 of your colorful groups, lay out the 5 sets of colorful pieces for the plus units (2 pieces 2" x 2-1/2" and 1 piece 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" in each fabric) on your work surface.
2. Gather 4 pieces 2" x 2-1/2" of each of the fabrics in the neutral group.
3. Add 1 set of neutral pieces to each set of colorful pieces and use the 5 colorful/neutral sets with the instructions in Step 2 to make the plus units.
4. Repeat Steps 1-3 with the other 3 colorful fabric groups.
Whether or not you're using the fabric placement diagrams, you can pair up your sets of X and plus units now or wait until we finish the blocks next week. I'm going to wait until next week to decide how to pair mine.
In the meantime, keep sharing photos on Instagram using #aviatrixmedallion. Happy quilting!