Over the last nine issues we have been introducing you to a different block, and this issue we are thrilled to be sharing our final design with you.
Finished size: Approx. 152.5cm (60in) square
Press your blocks, and pre-wash your sashing fabric.
1 From the dark grey sashing fabric cut:
Three 2½ x width of fabric strips, and subcut into six 2½ x 16½in strips
Four 2½in x width of fabric strips
Six 4½in x width of fabric strips
Six 1½in x width of fabric strips
2 From the yellow fabric cut six 1¾in x width of fabric strips.
Making the quilt top
1 Layout your blocks into a three-by-three grid. Sew the blocks together in rows, inserting a 2½ x 16½in sashing between the blocks. To ensure you do not mix up your order, replace each part back into the overall layout between sewing. Each row should measure 52½in long.
2 Sew the 2½in x width of fabric strips together, end to end. Cut into three 52½in long strips.
3 Sew the rows together, inserting a 2½ x 52½in sashing strip between the rows. The quilt top should now measure 52½in square.
4 Sew the border strips end to end. Cut into the following:
5 Sew the 4½ x 52½in strips to opposite sides of the quilt. Press the seams outwards towards the edge of the quilt. Fig 3
6 Sew the 4½ x 60½in strips to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press the top and remove any stray threads.
1 Layer the quilt by placing the backing fabric wrong side up on a clean flat surface, followed by the wadding and then the quilt top, centrally and right side up; the backing and wadding are slightly larger than the quilt top. Working from the centre outwards, pin with quilters’ safety pins or tack to secure.
2 Quilt as desired. Our project was quilted by Carolyn Clark, a professional longarm quilter. She stitched an all-over wavy design across the quilt.
3 When you have finished quilting, trim the wadding and backing level with the edge of the quilt top.
Our quilt has been finished with a two-fabric binding.
1 Sew the six 1½in x width of fabric grey strips together end to end. They can be joined on the straight, or at right angles.
2 Sew the six 1¾in x width of fabric yellow strips together using the same method as you did for the grey.
3 Sew the grey and yellow strips together, so you end up with a long strip that it 2¾in wide. Take your time, and if the fabric starts to move stop with your needle down through the fabric, lift the presser foot and ease back into position. When you have finished sewing fold the strip in half, wrong sides together, and press.
4 Working from the back of the quilt, and starting part way down one edge, match the raw edges of the binding to the raw edges of the quilt and sew in place, folding a mitre at each corner. Before completing your stitching, join the two ends to create a neat finish.
5 Set up your machine with a top thread that matches your accent colour (in our case yellow), and a bobbin thread that matches the back of the quilt.
6 With the front of the quilt facing you, fold the binding around to the front and carefully machine around the edge of the quilt, placing your stitches in the ditch, just on the accent fabric. Binding clips are a handy tool to help keep everything in place as you stitch.
The previous blocks are:
July 2017 Old Tippecanoe/Crossed Canoes
August 2017 Pinwheel Cross
September 2017 Dutchman's Puzzle
November 2017 Windblown Square
December 2017 Hunter's Square
January 2018 Point Squares
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