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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How To Assemble A CrazyQuilt - Step 2

I've completed Step 2 of the assembly process on my Marie Antoinette Crazy Quilt.  If there's one coping skill that I've learned with having ADD/ADHD, it's how to break things down into manageable portions!

Assembling any type of quilt can be overwhelming however, when we take the time to look at each step of the process, and focus on only one step at a time, it instantly becomes more "doable".

Step 2

The 2nd step in assembling a crazy quilt is to sew the blocks together.  My crazyquilts are quite heavy due to all the embellishments that I add to them.  To give the quilt stability and to support the weight of the quilt, I sew my quilts down onto yet another foundation.  For this, I use a heavy weight muslin.  This helps to distribute the weight evenly and keeps it from sagging when the quilt is finally hanging on the wall.

So the first part of Step 2 is to sew the blocks vertically into strips:

Again, I leave a 1/2 seam allowance and I also use the Zipper Foot for my sewing machine.  Using the Zipper Foot allows me to get right up to where my beading ends without the pressure foot having to deal with going over the beads along the edge.

So in the case of my Marie quilt, I now have 3 vertical strips consisting of 3 blocks each.  Now we will start sewing it down onto the foundation fabric.

Center the middle strip, right side up, onto your foundation fabric.  Next, line up one of the side strips face down on top of the middle section. 
Pin, pin, pin along the sewing line.  Pin all the layers down onto the foundation fabric.
You will want to pin the opposite side down as well to keep your blocks straight and in place while you sew the first seam.

Now it's time to sew:

When you have everything secured and well pinned, sew that first seam directly down onto the foundation fabric.

When you're done, remove all the pins and flip over your strip:

Repeat the process for each vertical seam making sure to line up your seams and pinning, pinning, pinning!

Once you have your quilt all sewn down to your foundation fabric, make sure everything good and flat.  Pin all the way around the outside of your quilt and then top stitch with your machine along the outside edge.  I use a 1/4 inch seam for this.

This will the hold the entire quilt in place onto your foundation:

So that's it for step 2.  It's really quite easy once you understand how to sew your quilt onto the foundation fabric rather than just sewing the blocks together.

I'll have Step 3 ready soon!  Be sure to see Step 1 of How To Assemble A Crazy Quilt.





4 comments:

Kim B said...

What a great tutorial. We went out of town for a few days. I will be using your tutorials. I hope that your doing well. Hugs, Kim

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I never would have thought about that, but it makes perfect sense! The heavier fabric would serve as a great support for the heavier CQ. Thanks! Connie

Carol said...

more great instructions. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, yet again.
xx, Carol

Plays with Needles said...

Hello Pam! I think I must have been under a rock! I had NO idea you were over here making this WONDERFUL Marie Antoinette quilt!! I have been collecting items for my own MA quilt but I don't think it will be birthed for a few more years. What an absolute THRILL to see your magnificent quilt! You should be SOO proud. It looks like i have lots of posts to catch up on!

Thanks to Gerry Krueger for talking about it so I could find a cozy chair here with you. Bravo, BRAVO BRAVO!!!!

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