I know I have been a bit silent on my blog lately. It is that time of year where I am busily quilting up a number of clients holiday projects so my schedule is pretty tight. By the end of each day, I just don't seem to have much energy to sew or sit at my computer. Luckily I only had to quilt half a day today so I thought I had better share my progress on this month's Scrap-A-Palooza quilt.
Last week I shared how I was constructing the blocks for this quilt. This week, I will walk you through how I assembled the quilt top.
The first thing I did was determine the size I wanted the quilt top. Because I was using combinations of 3" to make my blocks, I needed to choose a width and length that was divisible by three. I settled on 39" wide x 48" long. Then I needed to break up the quilt into components that could be easily sewn together. I decided to work the quilt in three sections.
The first 12" x 39", the second and third both 18" x 39".
Starting with the top section, I laid out some blocks to fill the space. Remember, all my blocks are made so each side measures 3.5", 6.5" or 12.5" unfinished. As I laid out my blocks, sometimes I would re-make some to spread certain colors throughout the piece.
Next, I need to sew up the sub-components. In this row, I formed four of these.
Then it is just a matter of sewing those sub-components together.
The second row is a bit more complex. Once you get your blocks where you want them, you need to identify the sub-components. You are really just looking for the natural breaks in the blocks.
I settled on these three sections.
Here it is all sewn together.
I went through the same process for sewing up the third and final row. This one I also broke into three sub-components. Can you see them? Now it is easy to see the next step of simply joining the rows together to finish up the quilt top.
Here is the quilt top all sewn up. I love the look of improv this method provides without the fuss of figuring out how to fit all the odd sized blocks together.
I love the colors and playfulness of this quilt. And to think it was just made from some leftover fabrics from a previous quilt and some stray solids from my stash.
Doesn't it look far more involved than the simple process above?
I was able to find a bright orange fabric in my stash for the backing so it is all ready to be quilted. With the holiday coming up, I am hoping to sneak it into the rotation. I should be able to share a finished quilt next week!
Hope you are staying warm!!
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