Wow! it has been so great to see what you have all created, I have loved seeing all your fabulous blocks. This week we are going to start off with a wonderful giveaway from Sentimental Stitches, they have kindly sponsored a giveaway for one of their fabulous PDF patterns. All you need to do is leave a comment here telling us what your favourite part of the process is when making a quilt.
This week we are sewing the blocks together to create the center of the quilt. I can see that some of you have already finished this step and you have done a fabulous job. It is just wonderful all the pictures that are being added to the Sharon Keightley Quilts facebook group. The link is below if you have not had a chance to join.
I tested out my fabrics with the Shoo Fly blocks to make sure they were going to blend in well.
As with last week, I make the half-square triangle blocks as in the book. I find this method works best for me. I just love the pink flowers in the floral fabric used in these blocks.
After making these I laid out the blocks I had fun laying out the blocks to get the arrangement that worked for me.
When I had the blocks how I thought they looked good, I took a black and white photo just to be sure they were all blending together nicely.
The next step was to choose the fabrics for the setting triangles, I tested a few fabrics out.
Now that I had decided on the setting triangles I then proceeded to cut them out and realized that there was a small error in the book. Oh NO! the instructions call for cutting 3 squares for the side setting triangles, but it should be 4 squares. So please be aware of that, so sorry this has happened.
Here is my final layout.
Now its time to sew the rows together. I gather up each row, keeping the blocks in the correct order by layering them. Then I take them to the sewing machine.
When stitching the rows I start with the sewing the first block to the setting triangle.
Pinning first. Make sure the square end of the triangle is flush with the block.
I always start stitching with my needle down. I have a magnet guide to give me a consistent 1/4 inch seam, as this is not an accurate 1/4 inch foot. I like the guide as it is solid and higher than the fabric so there is no guessing. The fabric nests right up against the guide. When I get an accurate 1/4 inch seam it makes me really happy, and sewing is so much more pleasurable.
I pin the next block in place. Making sure the edges are flush. Then I stitch all the rows together in this fashion.
In this picture, you can see that my needle is down in front and ready to go.
Stitching all the blocks in each row, then stitching row by row until the center is completed.
Before adding the corner triangles on I trimmed the bunny ears.
Well, this is all I have to say this week, I hope you have enjoyed it.
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I hope I have covered everything, please leave a comment, share your tips. If you have any questions I can answer them here.
Join me on the 6th of November for week five. Sewing the borders.
If you are new to the sew-along take a look at previous blog posts for the sew-along here
All piecing instructions are on page 14 of the Autumn Bouquet book.
If you are still waiting for your book to arrive, don't worry..... there is still plenty of time. You can join in the sew-along at any time and work at your own pace.
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