** NOTE - This post is part of a series of posts for the Roundabout Quilt-Along. If you would like to join (and have a chance to win one of three $75.00 Gift Certificates from Fat Quarter Shop ) you can find a list of the post links here :) Here is the schedule
November 22nd - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky - That's Today
December 13th - Roundabout Parade and Grand Prize Winners
Now, first off for this week, we need to pick a winner for the Building Blocks Assignment. And great job to everyone on getting their blocks put together!!! They look amazing!!!!
The Building Block assignment winner who will be receiving 3 Moda Treats of their choice from Olie & Evie
is . . .
#4 - Linda Massey!!! - 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
LAST ASSIGNMENT - PIECING PROJECT TOP!!!
Now that your blocks are all made you can piecing your quilt top together!!! So fun!!!!
So there is no way I can get all of my blocks laid out and still in a picture, so I am going to use digital pictures from here on out to make it a little easier to work with each layout and so you can see all parts of the instructions.
Start by laying your blocks out in your chosen layout. Play with the placement of the blocks until you get a color layout that is pleasing to the eye.
SEWING THE ROWS TOGETHER
So first, we need to sew the individual rows into blocks. Start with your first row. Place your second block in the row onto your first block with right sides together. And just like building the blocks, we are going to use some Pin Tricks to help get perfect points!!!
Where the two Goosed HST units meet up (black arrows) you can use the pin trick, and where the two Flying Geese units meet up (white arrows) you can use the pin trick as well.
So with right sides together, place the pin through the bottom of the Print Fabric V in the Goosed HST unit, and then through the bottom of the Print Seam allowance in the other block. Straighten the pin and then pin to the side of it. Repeat for the second Goosed HST unit in the block.
Then in the center of the block, place a pin directly through the center of the thread X in the top block and then through the top of the Flying Geese in the second block. Straighten the pin and then pin to the side of it.
So now your points are all aligned (white arrows), and you just want to align and pin a few more places. The center of the HST blocks will align directly on top of one another, and pin them in place. Then align the edges of the block and pin them in place.
Now you are ready to sew your 1/4" seam along the edge. And just like you did when making your blocks, be sure to sew directly along the bottom of those print V's and through the center of the thread X that you used to align your pin tricks ;)
So now Block 1 and 2 are sewn together and it's time to add block 3 (if you have one). Place Block 3 onto the now sewn together Block 1 and 2. Align and pin using the Pin tricks and then sew a 1/4" seam along the edge taking care to sew along the bottom of those print V's and through the center of the thread X.
Repeat this process until you have sewn all of the blocks in the row together. Then repeat the Row process for each of the Rows in your Quilt top.
SEWING THE QUILT TOP TOGETHER
With the rows all sewn, you can now sew them into a quilt top!!! This is the exact same process of sewing the blocks into rows, just on a much longer scale.
Place Row 1 onto Row 2 with right sides together and use the Pin Tricks to align all your points. Then align and pin the rest of the row. Sew a 1/4" along the pinned edge, again taking care to sew along the bottom of those print V's and through the center of the thread X.
If you have multiple rows, I like to sew them into sets of 2 rows and then sew the sets together as shown below. Or you can just keep sewing the rows together until you have sewn them all together.
And with all your rows sewn together, you can just sit back and enjoy your beautiful Roundabout Quilt Top!!!
And while your enjoying, don't forget to add your beautiful Roundabout Quilt Top to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group
and to post it on social media using #roundaboutquiltalong
. I am so excited to see all of your beautiful Roundabout 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
Remember this from the start?? All those that finish their quilt top will be eligible for the 3 Grand Prizes
. The Grand Prize's are sponsored Fat Quarter Shop
and huge Thank You goes out to them for the generosity of these prizes.
The three Grand Prize Winners will each receive a $75.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!!! That is going to be some awesome fabric goodness!!!!
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 December 13th to get your quilt top sewn together and linked to be entered :) Remember, You have to have a link at the end of this post to be entered to win one of the Grand Prizes.
ROUNDABOUT 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 13th of December :) The parade will show off all quilted and bound Roundabout 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 Roundabout 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 December 12th 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 December 13th 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 December 13th 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 December 12th 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!!!