Monday, March 23, 2015

Rail Fence Quillow Part 2 - Making the Blocks and Quilt Top

My week of staycation is over so today I headed back to the real job.  I hope you all have gotten your fabric together so that you can start sewing your quillow top together.  In some ways this quillow is easier than the log cabin that we made.  In other ways it is a little harder because we have to match seams.  Since this is a kids sized quillow we only need 7 blocks total.  The blocks themselves finish at 15".  That's a good sized block.  Our layout will be 2x3.  That other block will be our pillow.  Let's start sewing!


This tutorial is going to be less picture intensive than our log cabin tutorial.  Not because I was lazy and didn't take a lot of pictures but they weren't needed.  That's because we have very few steps.  All seams are 1/4".

The first thing we need to do is make a strip set just like we did for our piano key border.  You'll need one strip of your "fan fabric", K-State for me, one strip of your neutral, and one strip of your other fabric, various purples for me.  Sew two together and press to the dark fabric or away from your neutral, it's the same thing different people see it differently.  Add your other fabric to the other side of your neutral.  Your neutral should be in the middle.  Measure the width of your strip set, for me this was 8", this is how long we cut our strip sets or units.  My strips, the fan fabric and neutrals, were long enough to get 5 units.  I saved my extra subcut for my pillow.  I had two fan fabrics so I made 3 strip sets of each fabric.  If you only have one fan fabric than you need 6 strip sets.

So now you have a pile of these 8" (or close to it) units.  For each block we need four units.

I kept my fan fabric to the outside of my blocks.  This keeps a constant in our quilt.  As you can see we sew one unit with it's stripes horizontal and the other one vertical.  Sew 1 to 2 and then sew 3 to 4.  When you press your seams press them towards the vertical strip, this is important for the next step.  Now we need to sew our sets together.  This is the hard part, we have to match our seams.


See where the two seams butt up against each other?  We've got to keep those two butted up to each other.  If you need to please use a pin to keep them together.  This is how we ensure our seams match up.  If we had pressed the seams going the same direction we wouldn't have this handy "cheat".  Sew your seam and press open.  Repeat with your next four units, this time when you have all 4 sewn together press that last seam the opposite direction that you pressed the first one.  You'll butt the center seam just like we did before.  Press open to the right.  Repeat for the second row but your final press should go to the left.  Make one more set and press it to the right.  You should now have 3 rows, two pressed to the right and one pressed to the left.

Now we'll sew our rows together.  You have three points to match, the middle of each block and the middle of each row.  Match them just like you did before.  The first picture is what your intersections should look like.  The bottom is what it shouldn't look like.  I'll have to go back and fix those.


When you are all done you should have a quilt top that looks similar to the one below.  Next week we add borders and quilt it.

Quilt top on design board.
Wish I was tall enough to lay this out straight. ;)

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Melissa Shields
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