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Alright, housekeeping complete…ready to assemble the front?
Lay a triangle on your ironing board and turn your iron on. (I’m assuming since you are getting ready to quilt that you did that a few minutes ago, but always good to make sure it is heating up.) Double check to make sure right sides are facing up. It should look like a tree with about a 1/4” overhang on each side.
Next fold the pieces in half vertically. It is important to make sure they are even. At this time they do not need to match up with their counterparts.
Why are we doing this? We are pressing these because it is the easiest and fastest way I have found to find the center of each individual piece. This way they line up perfectly without measuring every one.
You can do this multiple ways, but I will usually just trim with my scissors. If you need/want a true edge then you can use your rotary cutter as well. After you have trimmed press the seams away from the white on white or border fabric.
Here is the finished block. Believe it or not that is the hardest part of this quilt. Just 11 more to go…
…then we can assemble the top!
TOP ASSEMBLY –
The easiest way to assemble this top is in sections. I chose to work top right to bottom leaving the corner triangles for last. It is important to line up the triangle top point with the base of the block. Since the top point faces in all the way around you will want to make sure it creates a straight line. We will be trimming the ‘dog ears’ off of the other edge so it will be straight all around. If you don’t line up the top point there will not be an easy trimming point and will ultimately create problems in the end.
I made sure to only work on one block at a time so I didn’t mess up the order of blocks. Just remember that you should always be connecting one block with 5 seams to a single side without seams like below.
I prefer to press as I go so it crisp when I finish a row. Once the row is complete you can trim the ‘dog ears’.
Once all of your rows are complete it is time to put them together. After you stitch the corner solid triangle to the top row you can start tackling the big rows in sections. Use the same method as creating the pieced triangles to center the solid triangle on the block for the first row.
Side Note: I love how this looks like an envelope!
With the solid triangle attached to row 1 you can assemble the rest of the front. As I mentioned it is easier to tackle in sections. With that said, you will want to assemble rows 1 & 2, then 3 & 4, 5 & 6 and so on. Now that those are complete you can put 1-2, with 3-4, etc. This allows you to assemble in manageable pieces and avoid having a heavy piece of fabric you trying to navigate while stitching a straight line.
It is essential to make sure your square seams match. Because of this you will want to pin the seams per the below prior to stitching. If you are comfortable with your stitching and machine that is all you will have to pin, but like I always say pin to your comfort level…no one one is going to know. Plus, if you are comfortable with it and do a good job the first time there is less chance you will have to rip it out later.
I started with lining up the square seams and let the triangle over lap fall where it did. Ideally it will be ~1/4” over to allow for a trimmed seam allowance. As you can see Baxter decided that he needed to help with this step. After shooing him 6-7 times, I gave up.
I don’t know about you, but one of the most satisfying moments of any quilt top assembly is when I stitch a row together and then open it up to see how my seams match. It is almost as good as opening a birthday or Christmas gift! Nothing but smiles here!
That’s it for the front! Remember diagonals, match your seams, and trim the ‘dog ears’. Oh and this should be fun! Next week we’ll assemble the back, spray and pin for quilting. Have a fantastic week! Talk to you again on Wednesday!