Scrappy Swoon Quilt Along: Quilt top assembly and backing

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Welcome back to the Scrappy Swoon Quilt Along!  I’m so excited to finish up the quilt top.  Today we’ll discuss piecing the top and backing with the goal of sharing our finished quilts on March 11th.  Those who link up with a completed Scrappy Swoon quilt will be entered to win a fat quarter bundle of Color Me Retro from the Fat Quarter Shop!

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Now, let’s get sewing!  We’re going to put together the quilt top by first piecing our sections into two basic blocks.

First up, the corner block.   For this block you will need:  1 – section 3 block, 2 – section section 4 blocks, 1 – section 7 block, 2 – section 8 blocks, 1 – section 9 block and 1 – section 10 block.

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Referring to the picture above, lay the 8 pieces out as follows:

Column 1 (top to bottom):  section 8 block, section 4 block, section 3 block
Column 2 (top to bottom):  section 9 block, section 7 block, section 8 block
Column 3 (top to bottom):  section 10 block, section 8 block

Take care to arrange your section 8 and section 4 blocks with angles pointing the proper direction!

Sew the blocks into three columns:

 

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Sew the three columns together to make a large square corner block.

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Make 4 of these.

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Great!  The most complicated part is done.  Now let’s make the blocks that will be in the center of each side of the quilt.

To make the center side block you will need: 1 – section 2 block, 1 – section 5 block, 1 – section 6 block.

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Sew the three blocks together, again making sure that your section 2 and section 6 pieces are pointing the right direction.

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Make 4 of these blocks.

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Now we have 9 blocks remaining; 4 corner blocks, 4 side center blocks, and your section 1 block which is the center block for the quilt.

To piece them together, take two corner blocks and one side center block.  Lay them out as shown below.

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Sew the three blocks together to make a 72 inch long strip.

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Make 2 of these (sorry!  forgot to take a picture).

You will have three blocks left over; your section 1 block and two of the side center blocks.  Lay them out as you see below and sew together.

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Now take the three strips and lay them out to finish the quilt top.  Sew the three pieces together.

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Ta-Da!  You have a finished quilt top!  600 squares of fabric all sewn together to make a yummy, scrappy quilt!

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I was so relieved when I finished my quilt top!  As the weeks have gone by I started to wonder if I liked my color combination but when I hung it up and stepped back to snap a photo, I loved it again.  A very pleasant discovery to make.

Item two for today’s post is to work on the backing for your quilt.  The quilt top should measure 72 inches square, so your backing will need to be around 80 inches square.

The easiest way to do this is to purchase a full or queen sized flat sheet and use it as your backing.  If you’re looking at a full size sheet, check the dimensions to confirm that it’s wide enough.   If you’re using regular 44″ quilting fabric, you will need 4 1/2 yards of fabric.  If you use 4 1/2 yards of the same fabric, simply cut it into two lengths that are 2 1/4 yards long and sew the pieces together along the selvage edges.

For my backing, I used 2 1/4 yards of a pink print and 2 1/4 yards of a blue print.  I cut the navy piece in half along the fold, then sewed each navy piece to the pink print along the selvage edges.  I like having both of my colors on the back of the quilt.  This was quick and easy and provides a bit of interest.

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I don’t know that either of these fabrics would have been my first choice, but this year is a “use what I have instead of buying what I want” year for me.  The pink floral print is from Riley Blake.

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When I made my original Scrappy Swoon quilt, I didn’t have a lot of yardage of any one print, but did have a number of Christmas colored pieces on hand.  I pieced them together, using four half yard cuts in the center, a long strip of one print, and a red and white houndstooth print (cut along the fold again) which I bought as  a remnant.  The houndstooth wasn’t long enough so I added some green tonal Whimsy to the end of it, and simply arranged all the pieces so that the colors balanced themselves out across the backing.  This back is much more scrappy and I really like it.

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You can use smaller pieces to make your backing as scrappy as you’d like.  If you have Camille’s original Swoon pattern, you could make a regular Swoon block to use somewhere on the back as well.  I think that would look really pretty.  Raid your stash.  Do what you want.  Have fun!

Once you have your backing made, start basting and quilting.  I hope you’ll work at whatever pace will allow you to finish up your quilt in the next three weeks.  If you’re taking it to a longarm quilter you will probably need to do that right away so you have time to bind the quilt and link up with us on the 11th of March.   We’ll be pretty casual for the next two weeks, but I will be posting next week to show you how I’m quilting mine, and the following week will be about binding.

Thank you so much for participating in this quilt along!  I have enjoyed seeing your quilts more than I anticipated.  It has been such a pleasure to check the Flikr group, and also to find my way to your blogs, where I’ve been able to see your talent and productivity.  I am grateful for this online quilting community that is so encouraging and creative.  Many of you have left kind and encouraging comments here, and I thank you for inspiring me!

Now, let’s finish these quilts!
Happy Sewing,
Jennifer

Scrappy Swoon Quilt Along: Sections 9 & 10 (plus an announcement!)

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Welcome back everyone for our last week of piecing little squares!  Last week we knocked out the last of our colored squares and today’s tutorial will take care of the remaining background squares.  But before we get started, a bit of good news!

The wonderful group at Fat Quarter Shop has offered a fat quarter bundle of Jeni Baker’s new collection, Color Me Retro for one of you!

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Just finish your quilt by March 11th to be entered in the giveaway.  I’m so excited to have the Fat Quarter Shop sponsor this quilt along and offer a big thank-you to them for their generosity!  Color Me Retro is on my wish list and I’m thrilled that one of you will get a bundle of it.

Ok, with that as an incentive, let’s knock out sections 9 and 10.

Section 9

This section requires 36 – 3.5 inch squares of background fabric.

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Each block will take 9 squares.  Lay them out in a 3 x 3 pattern.

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Sew the squares into three strips of three.

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Sew the strips together to make a 9.5 inch square.

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Make four of this block.

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Done!

Section 10

This section will use your remaining 72 – 3.5 inch squares of background prints.

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Each block will take 18 squares.  Lay them out in three rows of six squares.

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Sew the squares into three rows.

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Sew the three strips together to make a block that is 18.5 inches long and 9.5 inches tall.

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Make four of this block.

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And you’re done!  Now lay them all out to see how it looks…

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Terrific!  Here’s our schedule for the next few weeks:

Monday February 18th:  Instructions for piecing the quilt top together, and measurements for backing.

Monday February 25th:  Basting and quilting

Monday March 4th:  Binding

Monday March 11 – 13:  Link Party!  Link up (or email me pictures of your finished quilt if you don’t have a blog) to be entered in the giveaway.

Thursday March 14th:  Drawing for Color Me Retro bundle.

That’s the schedule!  A few more weeks and you’ll have a finished quilt.  Don’t forget to add your photos to our Flikr group.  For those of you who are on schedule (or ahead), just keep it up.  If you started late, you still have a month to catch up so you can enter.    The photos so far are lovely; I can’t wait to see your finished quilts!

Happy Sewing,
Jennifer

Scrappy Swoon-Along: Sections 7 & 8

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Welcome back to the Scrappy Swoon Quilt Along!  Today’s post will knock out sections 7 and 8.  I can hardly believe how close we’re getting to a finished quilt top!  Let’s get started!

Section 7

Section 7 is another simple patchwork block.  You will need 36 – 3.5 inch squares in your secondary color.  These are the last of your secondary color squares!

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Each block requires 9 – 3.5 inch squares.  Lay them out in a 3 x 3 nine patch pattern as below:

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Sew them into three strips:

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And once again, the strips into a 9.5 inch square block.

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Make 4 of this block.

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These blocks will fill in the corners of the secondary color sections, completing the points on the corners.

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Now we’re done with your secondary color!  Next up is section 8 and the last of our primary color squares as well.

Section 8

Section 8 comprises the last of your half square triangles and the last of your primary color squares.  For this section you’ll need 12 – 3 7/8 inch squares of both your primary color AND your background color. You’ll also need 24 – 3.5 inch squares of both primary and background prints.

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Pair up your 3 7/8 inch squares and make 24 half square triangles.

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Each block will require 3 half square triangles, 3 – 3.5 inch sqaures of background fabrics and 3 – 3.5 inch sqaures of primary color squares.  Line them out in three rows of three with the half square triangles making a diagonal line throught the square.

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Sew the squares into three strips.

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Sew the strips together to make a 9.5 inch square.

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Make 8 of these blocks.  (Remember the stacked paper method from section 4!)

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These blocks will be placed along each side of the section 6 blocks.

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OK.  There we go!  Finished with all the half square triangles (and we’ve made a lot of those!) and finished with your primary and secondary colors.  Next Monday we’ll wrap up the background fabric with blocks 9 & 10.  I’ve had so much fun watching all the color combinations and fabric choices popping up in the flikr group.  Keep them coming!  Can you believe you’re almost done?  Have a great week!

Jennifer

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