Welcome everyone to Lesson 13 of the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along (A4AQAL). For this week and the next two, we’ll be putting the main sections of our quilt top together. Busy and exciting weeks as we see our quilts tops come to fruition.
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Our Volunteer Prize Coordinator, Amy Gay of Butterfly Angels Quilting, will choose winners on Monday and will announce the winners on the prize blog post, in our Facebook Group and send emails. Please be sure to check your spam folder as Amy has been having difficulty reaching some of the winners from previous lessons.
Lesson 13 – Units A7, A9 and Section A
This unit is comprised of two segments of sixteen (16) blocks, eight (8) for each row, separated by a contrast square. As well as a small filler unit with just one rectangle of print fabric and two sashing strips on the bottom and left. The entire unit has a sashing strip attached to the top.
Cut your fabrics using the following cutting instructions.
You have some flexibility with the P1 and P2 strips. You might decide that you want all of the blocks to be scrappy. If so, cut thirty-two (32) 2″ squares and piece them together into the two 16-patch segments. You could also make each segment with two different fabrics, in which case you would only cut one (1) strip by width of FQ for each of the four fabrics you want to use.
Note that the contrast piece that goes in between the two 16-patch segments, 2.5″ x 3.5″, is not a sashing strip, it should be a block that you cut at the beginning.
My strips are folded in half in the photo below.
Stitch the P1 and P2 strips together to make a strip set. Press and then measure the height of your strip set. It should be 3.5″. Before you cut your strip set, give it a good spray with starch (Best Press if you have it) and press again.
Sub-cut each strip set into eight (8) 2″ segments making sure to line up your ruler accurately on the seam line. The strip set is longer than required so that you can square up your cut edge as often as needed, keeping that centre seam straight.
You’ll have sixteen (16) 2″ segments. Stitch them together to make (8) 4-patches. It’s a good idea to press and measure your patches throughout this step. If necessary, use a smaller than normal seam allowance (i.e. a scant 1/4″) to accommodate the many seams in each segment. The 4-patches once sewn will be 3.5″ square.
Next, sew the 4-patches together to make four segments that contain eight patches. The 8-patches will be 6.5″ W x 3.5″ H. Finally, sew together two pairs of 8-patches to complete the two 16-patch segments. These should measure 12.5″ W x 3.5″ H.
Stitch the two 16-patch segments together with the 2.5″ x 3.5″ contrast rectangle in the middle.
Stitched together, the two 16-patch segments and middle rectangle will measure 26.5″ W x 3.5″ H.
Attach the 5.5″ x 1.5″ sashing strip to the bottom of the P3 rectangle. If you’ve pressed your seams to one side and towards the sashing for previous units, you might want to press this bottom seam allowance towards the print fabric in this instance so that you can nest the seams once this unit is attached to Unit A4 when you complete Section A (see below).
Attach the 3.5″ x 1.5″ sashing strip to the left side of the unit. Again, for those pressing to one side, press this seam allowance towards the rectangle print, not the sashing.
This piece should measure 6.5″ W x 3.5″ H.
Attach the segments created in Steps 3 and 4 above. Again, for those pressing to one side, press this seam allowance towards the 16-patch segments, not the sashing.
To complete Unit A7, attach the 32.5″ x 1.5″ sashing strip to the top.
Completed Unit A7 = 32.5″ W x 4.5″ H
To complete Unit A9, attach Unit A7 created above with Unit A8 created in Lesson 8.
Completed Unit A9 = 32.5″ W x 16.5″ H
To complete Section A, attach Unit A9 created above with Unit A4 created in Lesson 2.
Completed Section A = 48.5″ W x 16.5″ H
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Check on Sunday evening to share your photos and enter the give-aways. You’ll be submitting the completed Section A to be eligible for prizes from this week’s lesson.
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