September 1st - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky (Today)
September 15th- Summer Solstice Parade and Grand Prize Winners
The Building Block assignment winner who gets a Just a Speck Jelly Roll from Olie and Evie is . . .
#12 - What KT Made!! - Congrats :)
And here we go!!! Its time to finish up our Quilt Tops!!! (And hopefully, get them quilted up :) So very exciting, it's our
Now that your blocks are all made you can piecing your quilt top together!!! So fun right ;)
MAKING SASHING STRIPS
When you have a layout you like you are ready to add the sashing. Now you don't have to add the sashing if you don't want to. As you can see from above, it creates a whole new design without sashing that is pretty fun. It's your quilt, you make it as you like ;)
So now that you have your blocks laid out where you like them, we need to prepare your sashing strips. Sew all of your sashing strips end to end and then sub-cut them into the following strips for your project.
A few little notes on the Sashing Strips.
Depending on your size project, you might not have to sew all of your strips together and then sub-cut them. For instance, If you are doing the 40" block, you don't need to sew your your strips together and then sub-cut the short sashings at 40 1/2", just cut your 42" strips to 40 1/2" ;) Or, if you are doing the 20" block, subcut half of the strip to the 20 1/2" short strips first, an then sew the remaining strips together to subcut your Long Sasings. The rest of them are just as fast to sew all of the strips together and then sub-cut as listed above.
And If you really don't want any seams in your short sashings, you can always sub-cut them from your strips first, and then sew all of the leftover pieces together for the long sashings, that just means you will a few more seams in your long sashings and none in your short sashings. Its your choice on where you want your seams to end up ;)
On my Long Sashing Strips - I like to cut mine about 1" longer so I have a little wiggle room. Then I just trim off the excess after I have sewn it. Or, many people like to wait to cut their long sashing strips until they have sewn the rows together and then measure the row and cut according to the actual measurement.
It really is hard to try and go over every way you can cut your sashings for each different size option, so if you have any questions don't hesitate to email me ;) So with your sashings cut, we are ready to start sewing!!!
ONE BLOCK LAYOUT
Let's address one block layouts first. If you are doing a 1 Block Layout and you want to add the sashing it is just like adding a border. Layout the sashing strips as shown with the short strips on the sides and the long strips along the top and bottom. Place the short sashing strips onto the sides of the block with right sides together. Pin and Sew the short strips onto the side using a 1/4" seam. Press towards the sashing. Place the long sashing strips onto the top and bottom of the block with right sides together. Pin and Sew the long strips onto the top and bottom using a 1/4" seam. Press towards the sashing. And your 1 Block Project Top is Complete!!!
MULITPLE BLOCK LAYOUT
Now, if you are doing any other layout, your sashing is a little different. I will show the examples for a 3 x 3 layout but it is the same process if you are doing the 2 x 2 layout or the 4 x 4 layout. Place your short sashing strips at the beginning of each row, at the end of each row, and in between each block in every row.
And while your enjoying, don't forget to add your beautiful Summer Solstice Quilt Top to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group and to post it on social media using #summersolsticequiltalong. I am so excited to see all of your beauitful Summer Soslstice Quilt Tops!!!
And while you are adding your pictures above . . . .
You also need to be sure and and your completed Quilt Top to the Grand Prize Linky!!!! Yippee, we have made it to the Grand Prize!!!!
GRAND PRIZE LINK UP
The first 2 winners will each receive a $100.00 Gift Certificates to Fat Quarter Shop and the next 2 winners will each receive a Custom Cotton + Steel Fat Quarter Bundle from The Intrepid Thread !!! So fun!!!!!
In order to be eligible to win the Grand Prize you need to Link Up your completed quilt top (not quilted yet, just the quilt top) at the end of this post!!! You have until the early, early morning of September 15th to get your quilt top sewn together and linked to be entered :) But remember, You have to have a link at the end of this post to be entered to win one of the Grand Prizes.
SUMMER SOLSTICE QUILT-A-LONG PARADE
Now, as just mentioned, you only have to have your quilt top done to enter into the grand prize link up . . . However, I wanted to encourage you to finish these quilts and not set them in a pile of "to be quilted" so I am planning a Parade for the 15th of September :) The parade will show off all quilted and bound Summer Solstice Quilts!!
So, how do you finish up those quilts???
Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!! I know, I make it sound all so simple. If you are new to quilting, and need some help with these last few steps, you can see my Video Tutorials that go over the basics of how to do this ;) Also, there are some helpful free motion quilting tutorials if you are stuck on how you want to quilt your project ;)
Once you have your project Basted, Quilted, and Bound it is ready to be showcased it in the Parade. In order to have it in the parade, I need you to please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your favorite finished Summer Solstice Quilt picture attached as well as the your name the way you would like it listed with your photo, where you are from, and a blog, instagram, or flickr photostream link if applicable. You can email me anytime from now until the evening of September 14th and I will get you added to the Parade!!!
I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's finishes!!! You can decide if you would like to add your finish picture to the Flickr group and Social Media now or wait until after the parade to keep it a secret :) Grand Prize winners will be announced on September 15th along with the amazing parade filled with all of your beautiful quilts.!!! I can't wait!!! I know this is just going to be an awesome parade!!
So, in summary, Link up your finished quilt top (not quilted) at the end of this post by early morning September 15th to be entered for the grand prize linky :) Email me a picture of your finished quilt (quilted and bound) with your name, where you are from, and a place to link your picture by September 14th to be part of the parade :)
Alright, I know that was a lot. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com, I don't want any one to miss out on the grand prizes or parades because of confusion ;)
I can't wait to see your finished quilts!!! Thank you so much for quilting-a-long with me, it has been so much fun and I have loved watching you all stretch and try new things!!!! Now, off you go to finish up :)
Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
I AM SO EXCITED!ReplyDelete
This is such a beautiful quilt. I would have loved to make one, but life is too nutty now. Still, yours and all the others look so great. I am impressed with this happy designReplyDelete
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your all of your work on this quilt a long. The tutorials are fantastic for each step, the photos and clear written instructions have made it so enjoyable. In the past I have shied away from any patterns that have curved piecing or faked it with appliqued units instead, but your step by step instructions made it a clear and easy process and I am so glad I stuck with it. I am very pleased with my first ever curved pieced project!ReplyDelete
This has been a really fun quilt a long, thanks again!!!
The blocks everyone has been working on are wonderful! I love seeing your design done up in so many different ways Melissa. Can't wait for the grand finale!ReplyDelete
Thank you SO MUCH for hosting and putting together an awesome pattern! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks again Melissa for another great Quilt Along. This one has been one of my favorites. I am disappointed I didn't get mine finished for the parade but I am just happy I got the top finished in time!ReplyDelete
I love all the quilts that were made!
I can't open many of these (my issue I am sure) but they all look wonderful.ReplyDelete
My first look a this quilt-along and boy am I impressed at these quilts!ReplyDelete
What a most wonderful design! They are all so very very nice! Congrats to all! Wished I'd done it with you!
Thank you Melissa for this fantastic QAL, clear instructions & photos. I worked very hard to finish my top in time-just under the wire- and when I wanted to post...internet don't work !!! Now all is right, I'm sorry to not have it quilted but I will have more ideas in the parade :)ReplyDelete
LOVE seeing all the variations. Great job everyone :)ReplyDelete
Hi Melissa! I have a question about the sashing strips. How did you join them end to end, with a seam straight across the end or with a diagonal like you would do for joining binding strips? I've finally got my blocks assembled and in the order I want them. I'll admit it, I'm behind because I watched a lot of Olympics coverage with my kids and then school started with all the forms and parent nights...I'm just getting caught up. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I'm considering trying to do quilt-as-you-go on this since the pattern is just begging for me to try something other than an edge to edge swirl or paisley. Have you every quilted anything "as you go" and what is your favorite (easiest) method for joining the blocks? Thanks, LindaReplyDelete