2. Press the seams all in the same direction. When pressing, it is usually besto press from the FRONT, so you don't get any inadvertent
little tucks at the seam line. Your pressed strips should measure 4.5" across.
3. Cut 200 4.5" x4.5" squares from the strip sets. If you are using fat quarters, you should get three squares from each strip set
with a little left over. You'll use the leftovers in the next step.
4. Cut288 l.5"x4.5"stripsfromtheremainingstripsetsandtheleftoverendsofthesetsfromstep3. Putthesel.5x4.5strips
into a ziplock bag and save them for the border, which we'll construct later.
5 . 100 sets of two like this:
Then use these to make 50 sets of four like this:
Put the 50 squares into a ziplock and set them aside. They're ready for when we set the quilt together.
Make the white blocks by sewing 4 of the step 3 squares together. First make
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That's it for this month. Next month we'll start working with the darks.
(l Inch Squares)
When working with tiny pieces like this, there are three important things:
Accurate seam allowances
If you are careful with these three things, the quilt will have matching seams and lie flat. If not, there will be trouble all the way.
If you don't have a 114" presser foot, measure carefully from the needle and put a piece of masking tape or moleskin at exactly
114". Take the time to sew a few pieces and measure, just to be sure you're right on the mark. There are so many seams in this
quilt that just a tiny difference can make a huge difference in just a few seams.
This month we are going to be working with the lights.
Cut all the lights into 1.5" strips. If you're using fat quarters, cut them the shortest way (about 18" long) for the most efficient use
L Begin sewing. There is lots of "mindless" sewing, so put a movie on or get some good music going. Sew all the white strips into
sets of 4. Mix your fabrics so you don't sew any to that are alike next to each other. Variety is good.
Your sets will look like this: