Quilting around the corner – type 1

Several people who commented on my posts on my blog or on Facebook/Instagram requested information on how they could quilt around a corner using the Ribbon Candy pattern, just like you would do in borders around a quilt.

So I started drawing to see what I could come up with.  Almost directly, I came to the conclusion I had to order the corner options into different types. These types are not definitive as some options/types are similar, but I hope they will help you decide which ones you would like to try.

Today I will share a few of these types with drawings and stitched out examples. As you might have guessed from the title of this blogpost, there will be more types shared later on.

Before I start describing the types, first a quick explanation of the terms ‘inner corner’ and ‘outer corner’ as some of you might not be familiar with these terms.
Imagine the drawing underneath being just one corner of your quilt, with the white being the centre blocks and the light blue being the border. The inner corner of that blue border is the corner closest to the white centre. The outer corner of that blue border is the corner that is farthest away from the white centre.


Okay, let’s get going!

Type 1.  Outer Corner.


Quilting around the corner. Type 1 – Outer corner

Many of you will have tried this corner idea or at least have seen it in a quilt. To achieve this effect you do need to mark a line between the inner corner and outer corner of your border to know the height of the curves.  In the drawing above you can identify that marked line as the white dotted line. While quilting towards the outer corner, the pattern decreases in size. Once in the corner you increase the curves again.


It is worth it to try to stitch that corner symmetrically. It just looks pretty. 

As this type has small curves in the corner, there will be a kind of thread build up. When you are stitching with a contrasting thread, that corner will stand out.

You can actually play with that idea of attracting the eye to those corners. You can add a little curl to the top curves. The curves don’t decrease in size as much as in the option shown above. These curly corners stay ‘airy’ but have gained an elegant design.



In the next post in this series of ‘around-the-corner’ quilting we will switch from the outer corner to the inner corner of the border.

Until then!














































12 thoughts on “Quilting around the corner – type 1

  1. Pingback: Quilting around the corner – type 2 + 3 | ipatchandquilt

  2. Hi Esther, I love your designs and they are very helpful to a novice like myself. I find it difficult to gauge how tall or wide the ribbon candy or sash is. I am trying to decide whether I can use it on a narrow or wide border and how wide it could be. Thanks fin advance for any help. Chris

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