I promised last week to show reader how I assemble a crazy quilt. This is my progress so far. I hope to share with you a construction technique that means the seams will sit flat.
The first thing I do is to lay the quilt blocks out so I can see how they are going to read. I spend quite a bit of time faffing about with blocks, rejigging where they will sit and finding the best place for each block.
The first task is the trim all the blocks to the right shape.
To do this I make a template from cardboard.This template includes seam allowances. Each block has to be exactly this shape.
If you are wondering why I have some stitching on the edge of the card board I tested my normal sewing machine foot and my zipper foot. I decided I would use my zipper foot because there is a lot of bead work on the blocks. Much of this bead work goes right to the seam allowance, so a zipper foot helps to stitch right up next to the beads without busting too many needles!
I had to decide between normal foot or zipper foot before calculating the seam allowances. My seam allowance is the width of the zipper foot.
I mark the edge of each block using a quilters pencil.
When I trim the edges of the block I place the ruler on the outside of the block and make the cut. If you place the ruler over the block because of beads buttons etc the ruler will not sit flat and you will make an uneven cut.
Here is the block trimmed
I then pin the pieces together and stitch together. I use the side of my zipper foot a guide for the seam. Some people put masking tape on the plate area of the machine to act as a guide but I eyeball it.
Once the block is together I press the seams open.
When I press I use extra padding with a towel on the ironing table. I do not press too firmly as that will flatten any silk ribbon embroidery on the block.
To make sure the seams stay flat I use herringbone stitch to keep them open. This stitching does not go through the whole block. The foundation fabric that backs the block is caught by the stitching.
Since there are 21 of these units in this quilt it has taken me all week to get to this stage.
It is a time consuming part of the assembly as it is of course done by hand but since the blocks sit flat at the end of the process it is worth it.
Next I start to assemble the blocks in larger modules. I herringbone the seams flat. Then I assemble into larger modules again and once again make sure the seams sit flat by pressing them open and stitching them down with herringbone stitch. I do this until the quilt top is assembled.
This module is still to be done. So this weeks work in progress report is a case of so far so good but still lots of work to go
Next week I hope to be at that stage I will show you how I attach the border, batting, false back, rod pocket and back of the quilt. So stay tuned…
Meanwhile it is back to the incredibly boring task of making sure those seams sit flat!
Here is the finished quilt click on the image and you will taken to larger photo. I hope you enjoy seeing it.
The back story
If you are interested in the back story of this quilt and seeing photos of each block as it was made browse the posts in the Diamond block crazy quilt category
Posts on How to assemble a Crazy Quilt which include;
- Assembling a crazy quilt part 1 – Trimming the blocks, joining and a construction technique that means the seams sit flat.
- Assembling a crazy quilt part 2 – Working in Sections
- Assembling a crazy quilt part 3 – Tying the quilt sandwich with no stitches visible from the front and adding a border
- Assembling a crazy quilt part 4 – Adding a false back
- Assembling a crazy quilt part 5 – Catching the false back and binding.
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