I am participating in a blog hop in a few weeks with some very awesome ladies in the Stitching Stars Blog Hop next month. The grand prize giveaway is going to be a quilt made from blocks from the participants. Such a great giveaway prize, I can’t wait to have everyone see the finished product. Here is a sneak peak of the blocks I made for the quilt! The strips on the side are my contribution for the binding. The whole quilt will have a scrappy style with so many different contributors!
I used the large star to demonstrate how to do Web Piecing. This technique is what I used for my Mega Man quilt top last week with all 744, 1.5″ squares. You can definitely use this method to make blocks rather than an entire quilt too. So after I completed the half square triangles (HST), I laid out my block into the 16 square grid. Also, notice how I labeled the columns.
When you start sewing the blocks together you will sew block B onto the block As.
Chain piece all the squares and do NOT cut them apart after you are finished.
Next, you will continue to add block Cs to the strips of A and B. Chain piecing in order of the rows and again do NOT cut the strips apart.
Continue with each column adding to the strips and chain piece in order. In this case, I only had one more column to do.
Once you are finished, you will have webbed strips. If you hold it on one corner, you will be picking up the entire piece.
Now, you will iron each of the seams on the strips, alternating the direction of the seams on the strips. So the top strip, press the seams to the left. The next strip, press the seams to the right. So on and so forth.
Taking the strips and pinning the seams, sew the rows together. *I forgot to take photos of the pinning portion on the first row, so the photos are of the second horizontal seam.
Repeat this process for all the rows until you finish the block/quilt.
Then press all the horizontal seams to the bottom of the block (or according to the pattern).
When you have very small pieces like I did with the Mega Man quilt, I had a hard time ironing my seams since they were so small. A tip is to have the rows you didn’t want to iron sitting off the edge of the ironing board so you will only iron the row you are working on. Comment below if that doesn’t make sense, and I’ll try to get another photo.
I should also mention that I’m absolutely horrible at keeping secrets I’m excited about so it’s very difficult for me to be keeping my next pattern secret. I am so excited about it that I’m already planning on submitting it to the State Fair and Quilt Con for next year (and any other event I can think of!). Since I personally make the entire quilt myself (sometimes multiple times) prior to releasing a pattern, I’m not quite sure when the pattern will be completed. Anyway, follow along here on my blog or on my Instagram to catch some sneak peaks! The featured image on today’s post is the sneak peak of the colors I’m using for the quilt.
I finished the Quilter’s Planner block this week called Flying Kisses by Josie Heron of Avocado Quilts. She uses the no-waste flying geese tutorial for the block. I’ve used this method before, but I still don’t think I like it all that much. The definite benefit is the reduction in waste, but I don’t think I get the same accuracy as I do with the traditional square in the corner and sew on the diagonal. I should note that the same accuracy is relative because I know it’s a user error sort of a problem!
Anyway I hope everyone is adjusting to the Spring Forward!
3/14-3/21 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Wednesday PM, Saturday and Sunday
Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
Modern Building Blocks
Powered By Quilting PBQ103
Goals for the Projects:
Quilter’s Planner Block: Complete this week’s block
Modern Building Blocks: Complete 8 blocks (I’ll eventually get back to this)
PBQ103: Make more blocks… or block pieces!
Chic Country: Finish piecing the top (I need my design wall space for PBQ103!)