Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Big Leap - part 3

Optional Idea:

I've decided to embroider in the center section of the B blocks for my 2nd Big Leap quilt.
(the open space is 10" square in the center of these B blocks)
I think applique' motifs would also look lovely in the center of these blocks.

Set B… sewing the blocks together

Amounts for the smaller version quilt are specified in GREEN

The Side Sections:
Begin with (24) 2 ½” x 6 ½” background rectangles OR - (16) for the smaller quilt and the (48) 2 ½” squares that you cut from the Jelly roll prints OR (32) 2 ½” squares.
Sew a 2 ½” print square to one side of each rectangle. Press toward the print squares. Repeat on the opposite side of each rectangle.

Top & Bottom Sections:
Match the remaining Jelly roll print ½ strips up with the remaining background ½ strips. Sew (6) sets into pairs. OR (4) sets for the smaller version quilt. Press open each set (toward the jelly roll print fabric) then sub cut into 2 ½” wide sections as shown.

You should have (48) 2 ½” x 4 ½” sections. OR (32) for the smaller version quilt

Sew one of these pieced sections to the left side of each of your remaining (24) 2 ½” x 6 ½” background rectangles. OR (16) if making the smaller version .

Pay close attention to your fabric placement when sewing. (the print fabric squares should be next to the background rectangles)

Assembling the Blocks:

Sew the shorter pieced sections to the left and right sides of your 10 ½” background squares.

Then stitch the longer pieced sections to the top and bottom to complete your Set B blocks.

You will now have a total of 12 Set B blocks for this Quilt. 
(8) for the smaller version quilt.

Next week I will distribute the sewing instructions for assembling your quilt top.  I've decided to post them on FRIDAY - February  26th to give you time to finish your quilt top before Leap Day.
Feel free to share your fabric and/or block progress in the link up below:

every quilt tells a story....


  1. What a sweet little bird. The pattern reminds me of the kind of embroidery my mother taught me on.

  2. I feel the same way. A very sweet looking bird. A vintage look to it.

  3. I never got started on the sew along (insert sad face) but I am having fun watching. I love the little bird stitchery. Putting something in the large background squares will add so much to the finished quilt.

  4. Great idea to embellish that large space, I will have to think on it...I may just grid quilt which should fill that space nicely...but embroidery would look lovely. Thanks for the next installment...hope to sew it up tomorrow.

  5. Thanks for the next step. I hope to have time this week. Love the idea of adding embroidery in those open squares.

  6. Your bird embroidery is beautiful! I wasn't able to sew along, but am saving the steps for someday soon. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Lovely stitching in the center of your block.

  8. your sweet bird is ADORABLE what a special touch to the project. Hooray for making it yours - and special.

  9. Not doing this but it is fun to watch / love the sweet bird! :)


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