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Thread: Orphaned Blocks QAYG Challenge

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    ATTACHING THE UNITS Part II

    Now we are ready to attach the first unit to the second. Lay the blocks right sides together. At this point just the top layer of the sashing is going to get sewn to the second quilted block using a quarter inch seam. The back piece of folded sashing should be finger pressed out of the way. Make sure all your edges line up.

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    I actually found that putting a few pins holding the heavier quilted blocks together helped once I took it to the machine. The weight of the quilted squares pulled a bit because I currently do not have my Machine sitting down into a sewing surface.

    EEK!!! I didnt take pictures of sewing the seam. Oh well.. Sew a 1/4" quarter inch seam.


    Now open the two attach blocks flat with the top side facing up. Lightly press with iron. Now turn the two attached units over and press down the folded back sashing over the raw edges and seams.

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    Your quilt blocks should be just butting up to each other. If there is a lil overlapping or bunching you can trim a bit to make sure the squares lay flat AND nicely butted up to each other, otherwise you could end up with a lump under your sashing.


    OPTIONS: There are two ways to finish the back folding flap. You can hand sew it using a Blind Stitch like you would use on the binding of your quilt or you can machine sew.

    It was easier for me to Hand blind stitch the fold closed.
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    I am going to share with you my attempt at machine stitching the flap closed. I found that the best way for me to gauge where my seam would end up on the front was to pin from the back to front and check where my seam was going to lay in front. Several frogging incidents later I had an acceptable seam showing front and back. (If I continue to practice, I am positive I will get better at the machine seam option.) The straighter your back seam the better results on the front side. Pictured below I almost had a perfect SID when I turned it over to show the front side.

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    Because the sashing is so narrow the batting is fine being held together by two seams. When doing variations of this technique we will discuss other possible applications to your batting to help when you are using a wider sashing.

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    This is my second row I have completed. The next tutorial post will be on attaching rows. LOL
    Have an awesome day!

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    From an earlier Post.....

    Going to share a problem with you that I ran into on my first attempt of attaching squares on my other BOM quilt. One of my squares that I quilted the top squared pulled in some because I forgot lengthen my machine stitch for quilting instead I had been doing PP and I was using smaller stitching. So I figured if I went a head an squared up the block to match the other blocks at 12.5 I would be ok. Now I had about a 1/4 of an inch batting showing all the way around a few places a tad bit more in some. " So Im thinking to myself that the sashing will cover up my goof. Well for the most part it did. However there was still some batting that showed through I ended up pulling out my stitches (frogging) and had to rework my square. So I would recommend before you even start attaching your units if you have any batting showing you trim all of your squares down so they are the same size and there is no batting showing and don't forget to sew less than a 1/4" around the edges to help secure your quilted stitches. Just a thought and experience I wanted to share.


    In retrospect I chose to trim down the other blocks of my BOM because trimming an extra 1/4" round all of the blocks did not take away from the pattern of the blocks. I didnt remake the block because If I had with it being my BOM I felt I was losing some nostalgia of doing one block a month with my friends on the QB . In other circumstances though I think it would be a better choice to remake the block instead of trimming down all the other blocks.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Awesome tute Jenniky! You're making it all very understandable for sure!

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    Thanks Ronda always good to have feedback to know if Im getting the instructions across well.
    Have an awesome day!

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    I vote for variations to the method we are doing. Since I am new at this, I do not want to get too confused.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    VickiM - Thank you for sharing with us. You have made some very beautiful quilts with the Fun & Done Technique and yes it was very helpful to see some completed quilts with this process.

    K9dancer- Your log cabin quilt is beautiful, A lot of love went into making all those squares. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    So Ladies shall we explore the Fun & Done technique when we finish with the current method? My thoughts were to stay with the current method and next explore the variations of the Block by Block QAYG method we are currently discussing. If there is more interest in moving on to the Fun & Done method we can do that and then revisit the Block by Block QAYG Variations later. Post your vote and I will keep tally as we continue our current project discussions.

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    I too vote ta stay w/the variations of this block. Don't git me wrong I also want ta see the other method, I just want ta follow this method first before we switch gears. I'm lookin' forward ta followin' all the way through.
    Bev
    My initials are BB, so dublb is double B.

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    I also think we should stay with the current method and its variations, then go on to other methods.
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Tip: if you are using a vintage machine, use painter's tape instead of any other kind of tape. And remove the painter's tape when you are done. Any tape, left on long enough, will damage the finish on a vintage machine.
    If your machine is white plastic, don't worry about it.
    Stephanie in Mena

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer View Post
    Tip: if you are using a vintage machine, use painter's tape instead of any other kind of tape. And remove the painter's tape when you are done. Any tape, left on long enough, will damage the finish on a vintage machine.
    If your machine is white plastic, don't worry about it.
    Great Tip K9dancer Making a notation to add that to my final Tutorial.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    OOPS!! I missed typing in a step. After the spray basting and before you start quilting your design. Pin the 4 corners of the block and run a basting stitch of less thana 1/4 inch around the edges of the block. Now you are ready to quilt your square. With stippling and meandering I try to start in the corner of the block and move out from there. My aim is to fill in the block with the design and quilt off the opposite corner if possible.
    Do you do the basting by hand or can I use the machine? I really am not a fan of handwork.
    Life's More Fun with a Doxie !!

    Vicki G - Have a Great Day !!
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