Week 4 - Assembling Quilt Top

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Welcome to week 4, our final week working on our Anne of Green Gables quilt pattern. This week we will be focusing on assembling our HSTs, patchwork blocks & borders, to make our quilt top. This is my favorite part of making a quilt, seeing it all come together. Let's get started.

design-wall

A must have for assembling a quilt top is a design wall, if you have never tried one you are missing out. It makes laying out blocks and rearranging them soooo easy. For my fancy design wall, I used a dollar store flannel-backed vinyl table cloth. We do have some _____ in stock if you're looking for a higher quality design wall. I wanted to give it a try first before committing, I've used mine now for four different quilts. The cons of a dollar store table cloth: the backing from the table cloth easily is pulled off by tape & the largest size isn't quite big enough for a quilt. Just some things to keep in mind. I will definitely be upgrading in the future.

quilt-top

 

Once you are pleased with your block configuration, it's time to sew! This part is pretty straightforward. I sewed two rows at a time, from top to bottom, first marking each of my rows. As I sewed them together, I than placed them back up on my design wall. I find this helps me to keep organized and motivated, I can see the design coming together as I sew each row. Quick Tip: For reduced bulk, make sure that you remember to press each row the opposite way so that the seams nest together. 

piecing-borders

I got a little excited when I was adding my borders, so excited I forgot to take pictures. For a visual aid, see the picture above for the following steps:

Start with the narrow "green" inner border:

  1. Take these 3 measurements: length of left side edge, middle & right side edge.
  2. Find the average of the 3 measurements listed above. Use that answer as the length for each of your side borders.
  3. Piece together your border strips (we cut these week 1), to be equivalent to the length found in step 2. 
  4. Pin & sew these to the sides of your quilt top.
  5. Repeat for top & bottom edges.

Repeat steps 1 - 5 for the large "eggplant" outer border.

Voila! You should now have a completed quilt top of the Anne of Green Gables quilt pattern.

We hope that you all enjoyed our sew along, it's been a delightful time. For those who participated, make sure you sent us a message for a chance to win 2 tickets to see Anne The Musical at the Confederation Center of the Arts. 

Until next time!

 

“But if you call me Anne, please call me Anne with an 'e'.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

 


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