Welcome everyone to Lesson 16 of the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along (A4AQAL). This is a shorter than normal lesson, focussing only on joining together the three top sections that we’ve completed. I know many of you are eager to see your quilt top come to life.
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There are no prizes for this lesson per se, however, tomorrow the prize post for Lesson 15 will be available. You can enter just Section C from Lesson 15, or this completed lesson to be eligible to win. Don’t enter both Lessons 15 and 16 photos though.
Joining the three sections of our quilt top is quite easy. There are several match areas in the design that help line up the sections. Remember, fabric is flexible, it has stretch and ease, and we’ll use that to our advantage to get things aligned correctly.
Before joining your sections, give each one a good spray on the front with Best Press on the front and let them dry until just barely damp. Press with a hot iron from the BACK (I use steam). You want to make sure that all of the seam allowances are pressed in the direction intended.
Then turn the section over and press from the top. This gives the top a nice finished press and ensures all seams are super crisp. In addition to a really good press, check for any stray threads that might be stuck in the seam allowances. Now’s a great time to get them out. If your quilt top has distinctly light and dark fabrics, double check that there aren’t any dark threads shadowing through the light areas. Trim the loose threads on the back as necessary.
The advantage to doing this prep work now, before assembly, is that you won’t have to do it again when the sections are together and the quilt top is much larger and more cumbersome to manage on a small ironing board. You might still need to do some ironing touch ups in spots before you actually baste the quilt sandwich, but if you’re careful you shouldn’t have to do the entire top again.
Attaching Sections A and B
To join Sections A and B, there are three match areas to focus on as indicated in the diagram below.
For the area on the left side, there are no seam allowances to match up. However, design-wise, the side of the contrast patch and sashing should extend vertically. The easiest way to line this up is to align your ruler with the contrast patch in section A and draw a line on the sashing in the seam allowance to use as the guide. See photo below, I have moved my ruler over slightly so you could see what I was lining up.
For the area in the middle, you’ll have seam allowances to match with the sashing. For the area on the right, the left side of the sashing strip is aligned with the block’s seam below.
To pin these two sections together, first match the three areas indicated above, then pin both corners and secure the A section along the sides not being sewn. Keep adding pins as needed in between the already-pinned match areas. for such a long and heavy seams, I pin about every one inch.
Sew and press.
Attaching Sections A/B and C
To join Sections A/B and C, there are two design match areas to focus on as indicated in the diagram below. It’s also a good idea to fold both sections in half and to create a third match spot in the middle.
For the match spot on the left, you’ll use the edge of the block in Section C to match with the sashing in Section B. For the match spot on the right, you will have sashing seam allowances to use as a guide. Just be careful not to align the sashing straight, they end up on the side of each other.
Pin as indicated above. Sew and press.
Completed Centre Top = 48.5" W x 72.5" H
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Several of the Facebook quilters have already joined their three sections and they’ve given me permission to share their photos here.
It’s been a super fun weekend watching the quilts come to life. I’m just incredibly amazed at how fantastic they all look. I really had no idea my pattern could be made with such a wide variety of fabrics and they all work. I can’t wait to see the finished quilts with the borders attached at the end of the month.
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