Starting with a Ribbon Border

This is the first week of the new Pinwheel QAL and I debated whether to start with one of the pieced borders or a Pinwheel block. That beautiful pieced ribbon border won. It is a border that can be used so many ways and is a fun thing for beginners to learn and for experienced quilters to enjoy making. You will find the block on the QAL page by clicking on the menu link at the top of this page or click here.

These are the dies that I used from the 8″ Qube – a shape 4 Quarter Square Triangle and a Shape 3 Half Square Triangle.

Shape 3 HST and Shape 4 QST

These are the shapes after cutting. I stacked and arranged them in the order of stitching.

Ribbon Border Shapes Cut

It is so important to keep the light and medium quarter square triangle shapes in the same position in each block so I like to put them all together before I start stitching. See below how I use a pin to mark the side that will be stitched. I go ahead and put the triangles together with a pin in each one and stack them and then chain piece the triangles.

Marking the side to be stitched.

And once the triangles are stitched together, here are a couple of options for arranging them. I love both of these configurations, but can you come up with some different arrangments?


Here are possible configurations as you might put them into the quilt. But wait! You may want to see what the other pieced borders look like and use this one somewhere else – there are four possibilities for this one.


Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

20 thoughts on “Starting with a Ribbon Border”

  1. While I’m not doing this QAL, I’m printing the instructions and making notes for a future project. I just love these QAL’s and I learn something new every time. Thanks Marjorie for sharing your wealth of knowledge and time with us.

  2. I’m so excited. Going to share this with a new quilter friend to introduce her to my Accuquilt. Teach them the more accurate way of cutting a quilt is my philosophy

    1. Hi Gail, It’s amazing how “addicted” we get to using AccuQuilt. It makes a huge difference in time and accuracy for quilting. I hope your friend likes it too.

  3. Before I start cutting I want to make sure I understand…
    For this QAL we need 4 fabrics:
    Medium light

    This first row uses:


    Thanks ?

    1. I think I see in closer reading that the instructions say to use a medium, light, and dark. Is this correct?

      1. Hi Kim, Overall, I think you will use 4-5 different fabrics. If you look at the selections people have made on the FB group and look at their first ribbon border, you will get an idea of how this will work. I think a selection of coordinating fabrics and for any given row and/or block you may find you only use some of the colors you have chosen.

  4. Love this easy but looks difficult border. I’m thinking of using it on a couple of panel quilts I haven’t found the right finishes.

    1. Hi Holly,
      This is a great border. I hope this QAL will help everyone see some of the different borders we can make with little effort using our AccuQuilt cutter and dies.

  5. Very clear instructions and it is so helpful to see the quilt diagrams with the border. You are a very good teacher!

    1. Hi Katrina, The instructions tell you how many to cut. Did you download the instructions? The link is in the blog on Monday 5/2 and also on the QAL Page on the blog.

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