Hello, and welcome to my third process post for the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along. I'm going to talk a little bit more today about piecing the blocks. I have three blocks completed now, and I think I have figured out a pretty good system for how I'm going to piece the rest of the blocks.
For my first two blocks I used chain-piecing to piece segments and sewed the center 9-patch first (as I discussed in my last post). Then I worked on the blocks individually, gathering the segments and background pieces necessary.
This method worked well and allowed me to "hand-pick" the backgrounds so I can distribute them more evenly throughout the quilt. Pressing has been simple, too. I press the 4-patch sections, 9-patch sections, and side sections to the dark fabrics where possible. Then, when I'm sewing the sections together into rows I press towards the background sections. This means that when I sew the rows together the seams all next since everything has been pressed to the background fabrics.
I worried just a bit about this block because the green outer ring seemed to be a little light, but I think overall it's going to be okay.
Have I mentioned I really love these blocks?
Now, for what I'm doing different with the rest of the blocks. I decided to sew all of my four patch, 9-patch, and side sections together for each block. I think I'll get to this point with all of my blocks before I sew any more blocks together. That way I can utilize more chain piecing. I have this orange and yellow block ready to go, and I can't wait to see it go together though, I might have to put this together first!
Amy Ellis from Amy's Creative Side
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs
Camille Roskelley of Simplify
Carrie Nelson of La Vie En Rosie
Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane
Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Lissa Alexander--Moda Lissa
and Jennifer Keltner, executive editor of American Patchwork & Quilting, at All People Quilt
Thanks so much for stopping by!