It is quiet all are asleep and I am at the kitchen table. All the crumbs and stickiness of the day has been wiped away and my sewing machine replaces the crayon boxes and coloring books. Usually I sew in my
storage room, sewing room downstairs, but because of a little slumber party happening in the basement, I was moved upstairs. A change of scenery is always nice and the extra space is great!
We have covered everything up until the actual sewing of the quilt in Week 1 and Week 2. Now it’s time to sew the material together to form the border and blocks. Once the material is sewn together I will piece the blocks together to make rows and then piece the rows together to make the quilt top.
First, I am sewing a chain of squares to use as part of the quilt border. I lay out all the blocks to see what order I want them in. Then I begin to sew the blocks together. Once the blocks are sewn I have to press or iron the seams. Most patterns I read say to iron both pieces in the same direction, but I actually iron them flat as shown in the pictures below. The quilt top seems to lay nicer and I like the finished look.
My rows laid out and ready to sew.
Part of the row sewn now time to iron the seams.
I like to press my seams flat, some like to press all the material to one side. Either way is right, it is personal preference. I like to press them flat because the quilt top lays nicely.
The next part of the sewing I am working on are the quilt blocks. I need to make many blocks and then sew them together like I did with the squares in the first part.
The first block. I just love the print on this fabric!
Seams pressed flat.
Laying out the blocks to sew them into rows.
I have some holiday orders to fulfill, so I will be busy with those along with sewing this quilt. Next week, I will take a break from the Quilting Series as I continue to work on the blocks, but I will send out links to some of my favorite quilting sites!
Happy Sewing Friends!
- Tuesday Quilting Fun (myriad234.wordpress.com)
- Quiltathon Quilts #15 – 17 (vickiwelsh.typepad.com)
- Big piece (slaneyhandcraft.wordpress.com)