Now that your quilt blocks are sewn, and sashing pieces are cut. It’s time to assemble the quilt center.
Just like we did with the quilt block parts, arrange the blocks and sashing strips on your table next to the sewing machine. If your table isn’t large enough, a nearby floor can be a nice substitute for a design wall. Cat and dog family members enjoy ‘helping’ with this step, so keep an eye on your project! *wink-wink*
And, again, similar to how we sewed the blocks, start at the top row, and sew the sashing strip to the far left cornerstone. Progress piece by piece through the quilt center.
When sewing sashing strips to blocks, be sure to use extra pins, and when possible, sew with the fewest seams facing down, so your seams intersections don’t interact with the sewing machine feed dogs and go all flippy-flop on you.
Start with a pin at each end of the block . . .
Then fill in with a few more pins in the center. ‘Ease in’ any extra fabric bulk if you have it. But if your sashing strip and block sides are the same size, ‘easing’ should be minimal–here’s a good opportunity to point out that checking the size of your block before you get too far along makes a lot of sense?
Chain piece some more–be careful to place the pins so you don’t run over them with the sewing machine needle.
Cut apart, and place the blocks back into the arrangement on the table (or floor).
Press each row individually. Remember to set the seams (1, 2, 3!) . . .
Then press the seam toward the sashing strip . . .
. . . and in the block rows, too! Set the seams (1, 2, 3) . . .
. . . then press the seam toward the sashing
Replace the pressed rows on the table. Check to make sure everything is where it belongs.
And we now have a quilt center.
Seam intersections are perfect, . . . right?
I like to take a peek on the back. No flippy-skippy seams . . . ?
Or pretty dern close!
Karen, I know you are making a quilt like this one with four blocks, but you’ve also got one started with nine blocks, or three rows of three blocks. Can you do the math to determine what size your nine-block quilt should be?
Hint: Figure out the finished size of each element (blocks and sashing), add the the correct number of block dimensions and sashing dimensions across the length or width of the quilt, then add back 1/2″ for seam allowance.