The birth flowers border pattern has been designed with modular units that can be combined to surround a single block or group of blocks.
The fabric required will vary depending on how many units are being used. The chart below provides fabric requirements for a single block border or a twelve-block border with sashing and cornerstones.
The pattern can also be used to create a frame for the birth flower blocks. A frame is a quilted border with a pocket sewn on the back so that birth flower blocks can be switched in and out from month to month.
|Fabric||Sample Color||Single Block Border||Twelve Block Border|
|background||black||1 yard (1.0 m)||2-1/2 yards (2.4 m)|
|vines||brown||1/4 yard (0.25 m)||1 yard (1.0 m)|
|leaves||assorted greens||1/8 yard (0.2 m) total||1/4 yard (0.25 m) total|
|blue flourishes||assorted blues||1/8 yard (0.2 m) total||1/4 yard (0.25 m) total|
|cream flourishes||cream||1/8 yard (0.2 m)||1/4 yard (0.25 m)|
|multi-color print||1/8 yard (0.1 m)||1/8 yard (0.2 m)|
|red circles||red||1/8 yard (0.1 m)|
(used in sashing)
|royal blue||included in yardage for ribbon|
|ribbon||royal blue||3/8 yard (0.3 m)||2-1/4 yards (2.1 m)|
|pocket (for border frame option)||black||5/8 yard (0.5 m)|
|batting||32″ x 32″||twin or full size|
|backing||black||1 yard (1.0 m)||5 yards (4.7 m)|