31 December 2010

Let's join the blocks

Now that you've made your blocks, you can see how simple they are. Here's the fun part - arranging them to make the most of the colours.

Join the blocks
The blocks are sewn in horizontal rows. Refer to the diagram below and lay out the 45 block A and 45 block B in nine rows on a large, flat surface or design wall. 

Start the odd rows with a block A and the even rows with a block B. Ensure that block A and block B are alternated in each row, with the long seams on block A running vertically. This will make it easier to sew the blocks together. 

Rearrange the blocks, if necessary, until you are pleased with the colour arrangement. You can see how some shades make blocks recede, while others seem to 'pop'. This is part of the fun of this pattern.


Pin and then stitch the blocks into rows. Press the seams of alternate rows in opposite directions.

Pin and then stitch the rows together, taking care to match seam lines. Press the seams.

Add the borders
Join the 5 1/2in pink and yellow print strips together into a single length. Press the seams. Measure the pieced quilt top through the centre length and trim two strips to this measurement.


Use pins to mark the sides of the quilt top and the border strips into quarters. Pin the borders to the sides of the quilt, matching the pins, and stitch them in place. Press the seams towards the borders.

Measure the quilt top through the centre width and trim two strips to this measurement. Use pins to mark the top and bottom of the quilt top and the border strips into quarters. Pin the borders to the quilt, matching the pins, and stitch them in place. Press the seams towards the borders.


How exciting! You have completed your quilt top. Come back tomorrow for the final set of instructions about how to finish your quilt.

1 comment:

Eva said...

Startling effect! And so simple!