Construction of this top has started and it is going well! Looks like my idea worked. I’m often asked how I keep my pieces in order when moving from the design wall to the machine. I thought I’d try to explain my process with you today.
This quilt is constructed in columns. But the process is the same. I started at the top of each row and picked up each piece, placing it underneath the last. So in each pile in this pan, the top piece is on top of each stack and the bottom piece is at the bottom. I place a pin in each stack so I know that the head of the pin is at the top of the piece.
I take one stack to the machine at a time, placing the stack so that the pin is to the left, indicating the top of the column.
I remove the pin and slide the top piece to the left. It will be sewn to the white piece on top of the stack at the right.
If you’ve never sewn angled seams before, things start looking a little strange here. Just keep going. When you flip the piece on the right over to sew the seam, it will look like this.
I chain sew pairs until I get to the end of the stack. Then I reach back and snip off the first pair, opening them up and placing them to the left. I snip the second pair, open it, and place it to the right. Now I’m ready to sew pairs into sets of four. Each time I sew a seam, I snip the next pair at the back of the machine and place it to my left and the next set and place it to my right.
This sounds way more complicated than it is. It’s a habit I’ve gotten into and I’m certain it isn’t the only way. The important thing is to get in a habit of doing it the same way each time. I also wanted to show you how you must offset the pieces by a quarter inch when sewing them together like this.
Then when you open them up, everything lines up beautifully.
When I finished the first column, I pressed all my seams toward the bottom of the column.
For the second column, i presses all the seams toward the top so the columns have seams in opposite directions.
This way your seams nest together nicely, helping you to match your points when you sew the columns together.
See! Perfect intersections!
I think the rest of the piecing should go pretty fast now. The layout took the longest.
Have a great day!