Last week we cut out ALL of our pieces for this quilt. This week we will be sewing our blocks.
These are fabulous for speedy chain piecing because every block is stitched in the same identical manner.
The entire quilt is made from 1 simple 6-patch block pattern. (with a simple twist to be announced next week)
Here we go.... keeping your rectangle units in sets, begin chain piecing (1) 2-1/2" background square to the RIGHT side of each of your print fabric rectangles.(right sides together)
Once I reach the end of my set, I will cut my tail thread from the machine and begin chain piecing a new set. You end up with multiple piles of "chained" sets.
Cut apart one of your chains and press your 2 patch pieces. (I press toward the rectangles)
Repeat this process for each of your chain pieced sets.
Remember the 4 jelly roll strips you grouped together?
From them you now have 36 rectangles.
Randomly mix them up and group them into sets of 3's.
Chain piece these the same as the units above.
Now you are ready to sew your blocks together. Easy as A,B,C.
Units A and C will have the square to the right of the rectangle. Unit B will have the square to the left.
TIP - I also chain piece my units for each set so as not to forget to flip unit B to the left. Here are units A & B sewn together:
Next add unit C to finish the block.
Your blocks should measure 6-1/2" square... however, in a previous "test run" I've had a few quilters tell me that their blocks measured 6-1/2" across/wide but only 6-1/4" down/long.
This was due to sewing along pinked edges of jelly strips that may/may not have measured exactly 2-1/2" wide.
So if YOUR blocks measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/4" it is OK!.
As long as the width measurement of ALL your blocks are the same and the length measurement of ALL your blocks are the same your block size will work just fine with this pattern.
Continue sewing and stacking your block sets together.
Once you have finished all of your block sets, you will take out your (10) background rectangles and (10)print squares. Again, sew the 2-1/2" square to the RIGHT side of each rectangle. Press open and set aside for next week.
You will now have a total of (120) 6-patch blocks and (10) 2-patch units.
Special Note: If you wish to make this quilt QUEEN size like Julianne - then you will need a total of (210) 6-patch blocks and (14) 2-patch units.
That means you would need to start with a total of 630 print rectangles, 14 print squares, 630 background squares and 14 background rectangles. (further instructions will follow next week)
THAT'S ALL FOLKS! Next week we begin our assembly process.
Once you've posted your progress be sure to link up below so we can stop by for a visit.