It’s hard to believe it’s already Week Three of this Quilt Along! It’s not too late to join in the fun! It’s easy. You can purchase the PDF Just Buzzing Through Quilt pattern here. Each week’s Quilt Along post will stay on my website indefinitely. Just click the Quilt Along heading on the menu. The Quilt Along schedule is there with the dates of when each post will be published. They will be highlighted after posting, so you can click on that link and go right to that Week’s post. You can join in at any time and work at your own pace. Hey, life happens. So just relax, and enjoy the process. I want this Quilt Along to be fun! No pressure.
All of the cutting is done, so, it’s time to start piecing of the units. Yay! Now, the fun part!
I’ve published a Tutorial on Piecing With Diagonal Seams. In it, I have a few suggestions and links to other posts just in case you need a little help. I may have a method that you haven’t tried, yet. One of the methods I use for “Unmarked” sewing of diagonal seams, is also helpful when piecing straight, 1/4″ seams. Check them out.
When assembling the units, staying organized was key. I laid out the pieces to assemble in front of my machine. that way I could make sure that all of my pieces were in the right order. I started with a stack of the focus fabric rectangles on the left, and the pieced units on the right. on the right.
I set those stacks off to right. That way I could just pick one off the top of each stack and send them through the machine.
A pin near the top and bottom help keep the top layer from shifting. Also, notice that I’m using the lines that I marked on my sewing machine (as described in Less Marking, More Sewing) to help guide as I chain-pieced these sections.
I finger-pressed the seams open, then pressed them with an iron. Having this pieced section pressed and flat made adding the background rectangle on the right go more smoothly. I laid them out in the same manner as before. a stack of pieced units on the left, and a stack of background rectangles on the right.
•Here is the Quilt Along Schedule for “Just Buzzing Through”
- Week One – May 10 Getting Started – Gather Your Supplies
- Week Two – May 17 Cutting
- Week Three – May 24 Piecing the Units
- Week Four – May 31 Assemble the Blocks (I have a surprise planned for this week!)
- Week Five – June 7 Assemble the Quilt Top
- Week Six – June 14 Basting and Machine Quilting (I’ll show you exactly how I quilted this on my domestic sewing machine. If you’ve been hesitant to try it, this is a great quilt for your first machine quilting project!)
- Week Seven – June 21 Binding Your Quilt Visit lookoutmountainquilter.com and subscribe to my blog.
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And, happy Quilt Along!