Joining Your Rows
Okay guys! I know this week the pressure was on. Laying out your quilt top and piecing those rows was a little time consuming, but really brings this quilt together quick! If you weren’t able to get them all done….Well, no worries:) The next step is super easy so you will have time to finish your rows and join them together. As a matter of fact, many of you already have and I am so impressed. I even saw a few quilting it up already! Love it:)
Congratulations to Terri van Gulik! She won last weeks sponsor prize from Pink Chalk Fabrics and Swirly Girls Design!
Don’t be to bummed because you have a chance this week to win the same:)
A $25.00 gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics!
and a pattern from Swirly Girls Design!
Now when it comes to joining our rows together our #1 concern is keeping those points on our triangles! I am going to show you a few tips so you don’t chop those off and maybe even get them to line up:)
On the back of your piecing where you can see the stitches, you want to look for where the threads cross and form an “X”.
You will insert a pin from the wrong side of the fabric so that it comes out right at the tip of the triangle on the other side.
Now take the row you are matching it up to and insert the pin at the tip of that triangle.
Straighten up your pin and smush the two together. If you pressed each row in alternated directions your seams should be going in opposite directions and nest together.
Hold the two pieces together so they don’t shift and secure the tip of the pin to keep that in place. Work your way down each row pinning all the points and then adding one in between.
Sew a 1/4″ seam to join the two rows. When you approach the “X”, sew just to the right of the point where they cross. The “X” is your tip and as long as you are to the right of that you will never chop it off. I could have been just a smidge closer, but this is okay.
Squaring the Edges
Our left and right edges have some zig zag action going on and you can leave that if you feel up to the challenge of binding it. Not so bad actually, just use bias binding to give yourself some room to stretch. If you are not feeling ziggy or zaggy….let’s just square up this angular action.
Line up your 1/4″ marking on your ruler just to the right of the points near the end of each row. Trim and continue moving your ruler along the edge of the quilt, making sure to leave a 1/4″ seam.
Here is my finished top! I went with a random layout and even let some touch each other:)
So keep on stitching and come back and link up your finished top by Thursday, April 17th at midnight/EST. If you are behind or have missed a link up don’t let that stop you from linking up. Each link is individual so it doesn’t matter if you didn’t make it to the earlier ones or even if you only do the final one!
Remember: These are finished tops only …nothing is quilted yet! Our next link up will be in 2 weeks so you have plenty of time to get these quilted up.
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