To review -- In February of 2016, the TMBC ALL got involved in the fabulous internet sew-a-long, the Splendid Sampler. I posted the results of those weekly blocks every Wednesday for A SOLID YEAR... (there were TWO new designs every week)...
Week after week -- Linda P. and Sandy never missed a single block...they stayed with it FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. It was so much fun to have a "Sew and Tell" every week as a part of our TMBC breakfast.
Unfortunately, I was not so devoted. I gave it a good shot, and I learned a lot...but for me, one of the big lessons was that I am not a quilter.
However, at the end of the year, I had (more or less) completed 50 blocks...and, Linda P. kindly gifted me 29 of her rejects (which were all perfect, incidentally)...so I actually DO have enough blocks to MAKE A REAL QUILT. (if I put it together just right...)
I packed up my blocks and headed to our first TMBC Sew-in for 2018. The room at the Bettendorf Library was SO PERFECT.
|We each had our own 6' table and a very large workspace.|
|I laid out my completed blocks. Each one of my SS blocks has a piece of flannel on the back. Sometimes, I sewed around the designs...other times, I sewed a big "X". But that flannel piece provides the warmth and weight for the quilt...|
|Then, I cut the squares that would become the BACK of my quilt|
|The trick is to SEW THE BACKER SQUARES in a row....(they are 2" bigger than the SS blocks)|
|That creates a 1" seam...and, AFTER I position the SS block, I'm gonna fold those raw edges UNDER...get it??|
|Folding under those raw edges of the backer fabric, also covers the raw edges of the SS blocks. At this point, I am simply pressing everything into position.|
|I clipped and/or pinned the SS blocks to keep things in place.|
|I carefully worked one row at a time.|
|The next step is to topstitch those folded edges.|
|I rolled the strip, and began topstitching the seams. The strip (of 8 blocks) unrolled as I worked my way through the blocks...|
|This is what a finished row looked like.|
|I had intended for the BACK of the quilt to be a checkerboard pattern (but at this point, I had a few issues to deal with)|
|Some of my blocks turned out great.|
|Others had some issues.|
|But -- PUT ALL TOGETHER -- it's going to be A.M.A.Z.I.N.G...|