I assembled the 6 blocks for the quilt already. It really was fabulously easy. Here are my progress pictures. I’ve also been keeping track of time spent on it, because it is such a new style of sewing I have no sense of how much work it is.
I spent 1 hour shopping for fabric. Most of it was bought from the red tag clearance section for 50% the marked down price (+plus another 20% off purchase coupon).
I washed a dried the pieces and then cut the appropriate number of 5″ squares- enough to make 6 blocks. It took my 1 hour to do this cutting.
Once they were cut, I fussed with the layout. I didn’t time this. It was one of those things were I walked away from it a lot and then came back… etc…
BTW, I referenced the above picture many times while I piecing all the squares together. It was a great help in keeping things in the order that I wanted too. I will be doing that with any future quilts too.
I chain pieced them into rows… (1 hour)
… then the rows into blocks. (another hour)
Once I had them in blocks I realized I only had 2 variations of blocks ( 3 each). It could have saved me time to know this before I started, but I am learning.
Once I had the blocks I split them into quarters and rotated those quarters according to the directions in Sew Hip. It took me another hour to do all 6 squares.
Then I pieced together the blocks. This took me about a half an hour.
It was a bit more green than I envisioned in the store, but I still love it. And I am pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to piece a quilt. Which makes me hope that the actual “quilting” of it goes as smoothly. I don’t even know where to begin with that. I would prefer machine quilting to try out my new walking foot, but I don’t know what type of design to follow. But I won’t get ahead of myself… up next the border!
The next step is to add an 8 inch border. The floral purple fabric should help those little purple squares pop more.
But maybe it needs a thinner border between them to separate the little squares from the border? I’m not sure that I care enough to put the effort into that. My daughter will love it no matter what.
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