If you are following the Quilt~as~you~Go method this post covers joining the blocks into rows. We will:
1 Cut the fabric sashing strips for joining blocks.
2 Join the blocks and spacers into rows using the qaug method.
Need the pattern? Find it here:
You can find the instructions on completing a quilted block (part 1) or a spacer (part 2)with the qaug method in previous posts.
Materials you will need:
quilted blocks ~ full blocks and spacer blocks
sashing fabric ~ cut into strips (see below)
hera marker (like this one)
Quilt as You Go ~ Notes:
A walking foot for your machine is highly recommended.
This method will require additional fabric for attaching the blocks ~ (see previous post).
Remember this quilt diagram below? Notice the dark grey ‘sashing’ between all the blocks and spacers of the quilt top. This narrow sashing (for joining) is what I will be covering in this post.
If you’re following along, you should have all your blocks(3) and spacers(4) for the top row complete.
Lay out your blocks in order on a large surface or design wall. Check the front and back sides of your blocks if you have any directional prints to be sure that they are positioned properly ~
The fabric on the back of my blocks has raccoons, I don’t want the racoons upside down or sideways, so I need to be aware of this as I’m joining my blocks.
Here is what you’ll need for Each Row ~
Six 12 1/2″ x 1″ sashing strips that coordinate with the front of your quilt.
Six 12 1/2″ x 1″ sashing strips that coordinate with the back of your quilt.
Lets start by connecting the first spacer block and the first quilt block on the top row (see next pic).
Select one sashing strip for the front of the quilt plus one sashing strip for the back…
Place your quilted spacer block with the front side facing up. Sandwich it between the two sashing strips along the right long edge. The front sashing strip on top and the back sashing strip on the bottom. Each sashing strip should be right sides together with the spacer block…
Stitch in place with a 1/4″ seam.
Press only the top sashing strip open to the right. Layer the quilt block on top with the front side down (front sides together). Align the right side of the block with the edge of the top sashing strip.
Sew together on right edge using 1/4″ seam. This is what it should look like after it’s joined…
Now flip it open, the front side is done! It’s a beautiful thing! SEW EASY!
Let’s take a look at the back now…Align the 1/2″ mark on your quilters ruler with the stitching on your sashing piece. Use your hera marker to mark along the edge of your ruler.
Now you will have a nice crease mark on your sashing strip.
The crease makes it nice and easy to turn under the sashing strip for a clean line… Pin and press turned strip.
After pressing I basted the turned strip in place ~ I don’t like having pins in my way so this works perfect for me. I used this Roxanne basting glue and dotted along the seam allowance.
It’s ready to stitch in place! I hand stitched mine, but you could machine stitch also. The glue bastes quick (no waiting for it to dry) and washes out so there’s no worry about it leaving a residue or stiffness.