Appliqueing Dogtooth Borders

I’m finishing a quilt top for a lecture in November….deadlines are so great for getting things done!
This quilt has a red appliquéd dogtooth border and it’s almost done!

First of all, I did some research and this is a dogtooth border….the appliquéd triangle edges are both diagonal and are the same size. A sawtooth border has one edge straight up and the other is diagonal…and a sawtooth border is usually pieced.


So here’s what I’ve been doing….
I cut a strip of freezer paper 1 1/2″ wide and the length of the border. I marked it with a 1/2″ seam allowance, and triangles that are 2″ wide x 1″ tall. I cut the triangles and ironed it to a strip of red fabric about 2″ wide. I pinned the strip to the border and machine stitched around the freezer paper……through the red strip and the border.


I peeled off the freezer paper…..the machine-stitched lines are now my appliqué lines…..and the triangles are placed just perfectly! Then I trimmed the red fabric, leaving 1/4″ seam allowances.


I clipped the inner points, clipped the basting thread about every inch, and started to needle turn the seam allowance under and create a dogtooth!


I continued up over a point……picking out the basting threads and needle turning about a half inch at a time until I finished.


The outside corner looks like this…..with a big space between the teeth!


Until I add the final triangle to make the border complete.


Three more corners to finish….I think it will happen today! The biggest challenge was measuring so that each tooth was in the right place, but once I started stitching….it was fun to see it all come together!


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