Triangle QAL- Joining Rows

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Week 4

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:)

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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”.

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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.

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Now take the row you are matching it up to and insert the pin at the tip of that triangle.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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and Voila!…

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Squaring the Edges

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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.

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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.

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Here is my finished top! I went with a random layout and even let some touch each other:)

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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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  1. Beautiful job, Paula! Love your random style! Thanks for sharing such well put together instructions!

  2. This is looking great, as always. And I agree with Lorna, amazing instructions.

  3. Your quilt top turned out lovely, so pretty and Spring like!

  4. I love your colors! Its looking great! Thank you for the tip while sewing the triangles together!

  5. Those are some perfect points and your instructions are just as perfect! Beautiful!

  6. RobinatNewstead says:

    The precise pinning instructions are wonderful! Easy to follow and after joining 3 rows I am thrilled with how the points are coming together despite my not always precise cutting. What a fun and informative qal thus is! Already looking forward to your next one!

  7. Great tips for lining up the points and not cutting them off– I’m so enjoying sewing these triangles. Thanks so much!

  8. Great tips and love your randomness. I thought we had next week as the break week. Definitely won’t get rows sewn together due to Easter week and traveling. I’ll just have to try and catch up later! Thanks for such a fun QAL!

  9. In a fit of insanity, I chopped up a fat quarter bundle into triangles last weekend. I’ve not done any sewing, but I may pour it on this weekend and get caught up. You never know!

  10. Thanks for the good instructions. I’m not quite ready to join rows but it won’t be long. I can’t wait to join my rows!

  11. Shelley Martin says:

    Beautiful quilt top and sewing! Yes, thank you for such great pointers on getting great points! 🙂 Can’t wait to implement this. This has been so fun doing this together as a group.

  12. Great instructions. I’m just wondering about the corner. There seems to be tiny bit missing on my quilt on two of those.

  13. Gorgeous quilt top! Love all the solids you’ve mixed in. And your instructions have been fabulous! Triangles are on my list, i just don’t have the time for them right now!
    But you can be sure that when i’m ready, i’ll be referring back to all these awesome posts!

  14. I was so dreading joining the rows – afraid I would lose every point. I lost a few, but kept many and am thrilled. Great instructions! Thanks…

  15. Brenda Hulsey says:

    Well, you should know that I would jump the gun! All I was thinking is that I’m leaving soon for a retreat and I wanted to be sure I got this done in time! Yipes! I just didn’t read through to the last bit. Sorry! But I do love this! Thanks

  16. thanks for your great instructions throughout the qullt along. I am ready for the quilting now. I am so glad I have caught up!

  17. Thanks for all the tips! Love your quilt top!

  18. 60 finished tops, that’s impressive. I have an empty house tomorrow so guess what I’ll be doing…

  19. Whew! Got my link in just under the wire! I’ve got seven of twelve rows sewn together. I had a busy weekend and didn’t get even one stitch sewn!

  20. I haven’t gotten as far as joining the rows because I’m still adding triangles TO my rows! Eventually that will stop and I will have to start sewing the rows together!
    All the tops linked here look great! I’m so impressed with these!

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