DWR:: Step 7: Quilt Back & Quilt Sandwich

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Follow along as I make Free Spirit Fabric's Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

DWR:: Basting the Quilt Sandwich

Quilt sandwiching. I always refer to my previous recaps of quilt sandwiches, but here's what it looks like on the double wedding ring quilt.

  1. Make a quilt back.
    I like scrappy quilt backs, it's a good way to use up some leftovers. This one uses some fabric from the top, so you can see a larger piece of the design patterns. 'Just make sure it's larger than the quilt top.
    DWR:: Making the quilt back (just make sure it's larger than the quilt top!)
  2. Mark center of edges of quilt backing with safety pins and tape to floor with masking tape. Use "parachuting" method to ensure it lays flat.
    1. Mark center of edges of quilt backing with safety pins and tape to floor with masking tape. Use "parachuting" method to ensure it lays flat.
  3. Place quilt batting on top of quilt backing.
    2. Place quilt batting on top of quilt backing.
  4. Place quilt top on top, centering with quilt backing safety pins.
    3. Place quilt top on top, centering with quilt backing safety pins.
  5. Baste by handle with needle & thread, doing one quadrant at a time, sewing in opposite directions.
    4. Baste by handle with needle & thread, doing one quadrant at a time, sewing in opposite directions.
  6. Continue basting until entire quilt is done. I like to do some basting around the entire perimeter of the quilt, maybe ~1 inch from the edge. It makes it a pinch easier to attach the binding, and with these rounded edges, I needed all the help I could get.
    5. Continue basting until entire quilt is done, and edges of quilt are secured as well.

DWR:: Step 6: Attaching Circle Unit Rows

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Follow along as I make Free Spirit Fabric's Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

DWR: Attaching the circle unit rows

Normally, sewing rows of fabric together is fairly straightforward. But these rows are rather pointy. I've found that it's easiest to stop sewing at each point/corner, trim the thread, remove the fabric, reposition the fabric, and then start at that last corner from a different direction and start sewing again. I dunno. It makes no sense in words. Here's some photos to go with the words.

  1. Pin and sew the first circle units together as you would individual melon pieces.
    1. Pin and sew the first circle units together as you would individual melon pieces.
  2. Then take 2 corner-squares not sewn in last step, and re-align the fabric so they will be sewn. Pin.
    2. Then take 2 corner-squares not sewn in last step, and re-align the fabric so they will be sewn. Pin.
    Fabric re-alignment at the corner.
    Fabric re-alignment at the corner
  3. Start at a previous corner square, and sew along two corner squares and across medallion, easing in fabric as usual.
    3. Start at a previous corner square, and sew along two corner squares and across medallion, easing in fabric as usual.
  4. Check center seams for any flaws, and redo as necessary. Sometimes have to take out older seams and do new ones.
    4. Check center seams for any flaws, and redo as necessary. Sometimes have to take out older seams and do new ones.
  5. Iron.
    5. Iron.
  6. Repeat for all remaining units in row, and for all remaining rows.
    6. Repeat for all  remaining units in row, and for all remaining rows.

DWR:: Step 5: Assembling the Circle Units & Rows

Friday, June 16, 2017

Follow along as I make Free Spirit Fabric's Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

DWR:: Assembling the circle units (16 of 'em)

Now we've gotta put together a hodge podge of 16 circle units, with 4 basic shapes, according to the pattern

The curved sewing. It never ends. At least by the time you get to this stage, it's coming more naturally.

  1. Determine arrangement of all melons with medallions, so there's no repetition (color balance!)
    1. Determine arrangement of all melons with medallions, so there's no repetition (color balance!)
  2. Center & pin first medallion to melon
    2. Center & pin first medallion to melon
  3. Align the marked 1/4" seam intersection with the center-square's seam
    3. Align the marked 1/4" seam intersection with the center-square's seam
  4. Repeat for other side.
    4. Repeat for other side.
  5. Sew, easing in fabric.
    5. Sew, easing in fabric.
  6. Check for any flaws and fix. This whole process can involve a decent amount of seam-undoing and redoing. But it's worth it.
    6. Check for any flaws and fix.
  7. Snip seam allowance with scissors and iron toward melon.
    7. Snip seam allowance with scissors and iron toward melon.
  8. As you add more medallions to the melon, be sure to tuck the excess 1/4" seam intersection up and out of the way
    8. As you add more medallions to the melon, be sure to tuck the excess 1/4" seam intersection up and out of the way
  9. Also, make sure when ironing that the excess intersection fabric is flat.
    9. Also, make sure when ironing that the excess intersection fabric is flat.
    It gets trickier and trickier as you add more melons...
    It gets trickier and trickier as you add more melons...
    It may seem unlikely, but with easing in the fabric carefully, it can be sewn together
    It may seem unlikely, but with easing in the fabric carefully, it can be sewn together
    And the medallions come out looking okay.
    And the medallions come out looking okay.
  10. Repeat for remaining melons to create a circle unit. The pattern instructions will tell you how many circles with how many melons you need.
    10. Repeat steps 2-9 for remaining melons.
    Arc-side of last melon being attached. Corner squares at both ends must be pinned.
    Arc-side of last melon being attached. Corner squares at both ends must be pinned.
    A finished circle unit:
    A finished circle unit.
  11. Repeat according to instructions ~16 times. Not all circle units are a full circle!!!
    11. Repeat according to instructions ~16 times. Not all circle units are a full circle!!!
  12. Sew individual circle units together to form rows.
    12. Sew individual circle units together to form rows.
  13. Sew individual circle units together to form rows. It's pretty much the same as assembling the circle units.
    12. Sew individual circle units together to form rows.
    Please note: Tiny California apartment.

DWR:: Step 4: Assembling the Melons

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Follow along as I make Free Spirit Fabric's Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

DWR: Assembling the Melons

Now we sew the 40 arcs with corner squares to the 40 arcs without them, making 40 melons! This nonsense gets tricky. You have to do some easing, like you always have to when sewing curves that are supposed to lay flat. I've had to undo some seams and redo the sewing a few times when the center lines don't match up when I get to them. It's okay.

  1. Trace & cut medallion templates along fold fabric. Mark the 1/4" inseam dots on each of the 4 corners. The scraps of this cutting can be used to make the melons (if not using a contrasting color).

    If using more than 13 or so fabrics for the arcs, I would recommend *not* using contrasting fabric for the melons. Just use the same fabric as the medallions.
    1. Trace & cut medallion templates along fold fabric. Mark the 1/4" inseam dots on each of the 4 corners. The scraps of this cutting can be used to make the melons (if not using a contrasting color).
  2. Fold medallions into quarters, and iron to form plus-sign center creases
    2. Fold medallions into quarters, and iron to form plus-sign center creases
    See the plus sign creases? They're useful for finding the center
    See the plus sign creases? They're useful for finding the center
  3. Pin half melon template to folded edge of melon fabric
    3. Pin half melon template to folded edge of melon fabric
  4. Cut melon from fabric
    4. Cut melon from fabric
    When unfolded, should have full melon
    When unfolded, you should have full melon.
  5. Center melon with arc
    5. Center melon with arc
  6. Pin centers together.
    6. Pin centers
  7. Pin left side of melon to arc with melon having a 1/8" overhang
    7. Pin left side of melon to arc with melon having a 1/8" overhang
  8. Pin right side of melon to fabric arc.
    8. Pin right side of melon to fabric arc.
  9. Sew, easing fabric in. SLOWLY.
    9. Sew, easing fabric in. SLOWLY.
  10. Center points must match up. If not, redo pinning & sewing!
    10. Center points must match up. If not, redo pinning & sewing!
  11. Scant snips along seam to make ironing easier. Iron toward melon.
    11. Scant snips along seam to make ironing easier. Iron toward melon.
  12. Center melon with an arc-with-corner-quares
    12. Center melon with an arc-with-corner-quares
  13. Pin centers, right-sides together, then pin left edge of melon to align with corner square seam. Pin the arc to the center square edge.
    13. Pin centers, right-sides together, then pin left edge of melon to align with corner square seam. Pin the arc to the center square edge.
  14. Repeat for right side.
    14. Repeat for right side.
  15. Sew.
    15. Sew.
  16. Snip & iron seam allowance toward melon.
    16. Snip & iron seam allowance toward melon.

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