All 20 blocks trimmed and ready to join.
Front 1 inch joining strips on the left and 1 1/4 inch back joining strips on the right.
Sewn using a scant 1/4 inch seam, if you have a fancy pants machine just move the needle 2 threads to the right. If , like me, you do not have that option eyeball it. It is a quilt not a life changing operation.
Turn the block over and pin the other edge of the joining strip to the next block, right sides together. Remember to choose the opposite edge to where you have put the joining strips on from picture 4. Sew using the scant 1/4 inch seam.
Open it out and this is the front, the quilt sandwich edges butt together so there is no gap.
Turn the blocks over. This is where I make my first change. All the Tutorials that I saw said to press under 1/4 of an inch of the edge of this joining strip at this point before slip stitching into place.
Any one like to guess how many times I burnt my fingers, TOO MANY.
On the rest of the rows I will press that edge before joining the blocks
And here is my second change, I machined that baby down. quick and easy. If I was making this for an exhibition I would hand sew. But this to be used and the machine stitching is stronger as well as quick.
There is a line of machining visible on the front, just, If I liked and needed to I would just sew a parallel
line down the other side.
You would have to lie down with your nose on the quilt to see this clearly and I do not think that the recipients wife would take very kindly to that.
|WOO HOO picture 11|
This is the last block in the first row going through the machine for the final seam. You can see that there will only ever be 1 block in the harp space.
I will finish all 5 rows and then join them up in exactly the same way, the seams and strips will just be longer.
All that remains is for me to make the binding. I seem to remember some deep cream in my stash, I will look at that. If it is too pale I will look for some gold/ deep yellow fabric tomorrow.
Another picture heavy post, it is a shame that the light is bad today, it is nothing to do with the fact that I am no photographer . I hope that you can see how easy this is compared with pushing and dragging a full quilt through a machine, no matter how big the harp space is.
I did a quick trip to see Mr S today and dropped Ben off for a haircut on the way. A side trip into B & Whoseits for wood to make a garden bench. Less than 2 hours and I can say without a doubt that with the petrol price being so low and my favourite coffee on offer plus THE bacon I am a happy little shopper.
I spotted some tasty looking sausages so it will be breakfast for dinner tomorrow, I might even make fluffy pancakes and pour some maple syrup about a bit. Might just whizz up a few hash browns or latkes. On that thought I better take Ben out and walk it off before I eat it.
Dinner tonight is in the slow cooker. Pork steaks in a new beer flavoured with ginger, I will reduce it and add some barbecue sauce to serve with mashed potato and veg. TTFN Pam