So, you’ve decided to make a quilt. Maybe a friend is having a new baby soon. Maybe you want to use up some of that fabric stashed in your closet(s).
Maybe you are bored and feel like torturing yourself with some geometrically precise and time-consuming arts & crafts.
Or maybe making that other quilt for your friend’s baby last week taught you that if you want to have a chance of finishing your own baby’s quilt before the baby graduates from high school, you better get that bugger done fast before you become too large and unwieldy to be cutting out quilts on the floor and still expecting to stand up again.
But whatever your reason for attempting this madness, this time around you decide to make your own design. After fiddling around with 70+ different variations, you finally settle on your favorite. (Actually, you can’t pick a favorite, because they all look the same at this point and your eyes are spinning round and round, so you randomly pick one of the top four.)
Trippy, ain’t it? And yes, it hurts my eyes too.
While designed on the same exact template as last week’s quilt, this one requires much more planning and organization. For comparison, here is last week’s quilt:
You can see that there are only four block designs (from the top, left to right): A, B (solid), upside-down A, and C. (Rotations of the same pattern count as separate block designs.)
The new quilt has 32 block designs. Hahahahahaha.
Now, the reason why rotations of the same pattern count as separate block designs, and I make them individually, is because in order to sew blocks together easily, the seams must all be pressed in the same direction. So they can all go through the machine together, nice and smooth. Believe me, this is important.
So, after determining that I do, indeed, have enough yardage, I cut out all those squares and rectangles.
And begin assembling them into blocks and labeling them according to The Plan.
Here is how I put together one block, with minimal thread waste and without losing which side is up.
6. Fold middle strip onto left strip. Pin on the right edge, pins pointing up. (Sorry, no picture.)
Sew all the blocks in this manner. It should only take a very long time.
When all the blocks are done, line them up on the floor according to The Plan. Underneath each, place a horizontal bar of the color specified in The Plan.
Fold each horizontal bar upwards onto the block over it. Pin on the bottom edge, pins pointing right. (Alternately, you can turn the blocks around when pinning, so you would be pinning to the now top edge, with pins pointing left.)
Stack all the pinned blocks in a nice big pinned-block stack, and move on over to that sewing machine. If you have pinned correctly, all the previously sewn seams will go through the machine easily, all in the same direction, and you will be able to pull the pins out toward you.
After they are all sewn, and the seams pressed downward toward the horizontal bars, lay them out on the floor again. In the meantime, being industrious and very, very clever, you have sewn the vertical bars to the tiny little squares, using The Plan as guide, and pressed the seams down toward the little squares, so they are all good to go.
Arrange the vertical bars between the blocks.
Fold each vertical bar over the block to its left, pinning on the right edge, pins pointing up. Take your load over to the sewing machine. You know the drill.
Press all seams to the left.
All the seams will still be facing the same way as they go through the machine, and you will still be able to pull the pins out toward you.
Sew all blocks together in the same way, making sure to pin and press in logical directions. And don’t take those labels off until it is completely done! 🙂
*Edit: there is at least one block in the wrong place!!! Oh no!!! Can you spot it?