Saturday, February 18, 2012

Orca Bay - 2/18/12

OK -

I promised to show you How I Do It -

How I Assemble A Quilt in Chunks -

Note - these instructions are written in LEFTISH.
If you are right-handed - just reverse the directions.

First the middle “chunks” -

Left side -
Off the wall -

Onto a mini-design board

Right side -

Bottom -

Top -

Then that leaves -

Bottom right corner -

Top right corner -

Bottom left corner -
And yeah - I fixed the blue one -
After I took the photos - ;))

Top left corner -

See how it breaks down
Into FOUR 4-patches? -

Match the center seam of each 4-patch -
At the small yellow dots -
Join the top two -
Join the bottom two -

Join the top to the bottom -
At the large yellow dot -

Just like a GIANT 4-patch

You obviously need your design wall handy -
And you don’t want to be transporting this anywhere -
While you are putting it together -

But - for me -

This is easier -
Than trying to sew long rows together -

Keeping the blocks going the “correct” way -
And trying to match a ton of seams on each and every row -

This way -
I just match one or two seams at a time -

One “chunk” at a time -

Pinning and pressing as I go -

Until I get all NINE patches sewn -

It's really a LOT like sewing "units" of a block together -

Just bigger "units" - ;))

Next quilt -

Try putting it together this way -

Just for giggles - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


  1. Great process! Thanks for sharing! And I LOVE your mini boards!

  2. It is coming along very nicely. Love your leftish!

  3. What a cute quilt that is going to make! I like your alternative way of piecing it together. xo

  4. Makes perfect sense to me. I don't always do it that way since pro bono stuff is a good deal smaller than a full sized bed quilt.

    I know when I see patterns in magazines or whatever telling you to assemble long rows of sashing to attach to long rows of blocks that I just want to scream, there is any easier way!!!

    1. Yup - there is ALWAYS another way to do stuff!! - ;))


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