Westward Journey Quilt Along (Click link to see all posts.)
As I finish each block, I give it a final press from the front with a little bit of Mary Ellen’s Best Press.
After I made my sample block, I finished cutting all the rest of my fat quarters. Then I had a “fabric play session”, mixing & matching my groups A, B & C (please refer to previous posts for explanation of groups). This actually took me a little while, but I’m glad I took the time to match them all up before stitching all the blocks. I found that when I got down to the last few groups, the remaining combinations didn’t really appeal to me.
Switching out this piece here, that piece there, it began to feel like one of those little sliding-tile puzzle games…do you know what I mean?! When I was happy with the combinations, I neatly stacked them up with the starting square on top.
Starting with a center square, I stitched its first small rectangle to one side. Then, without snipping the thread, I picked up the next center square and stitched its first small rectangle to one side, continuing like this until I had four center squares each with one small rectangle stitched to its side.
Then, I snipped the threads holding the “chain” of pieces together, and proceeded to stitch the other small rectangle to each small square’s opposite side. I snipped the threads holding the “chain” of pieces together like before, pressed each seam flat, then away from the center, like shown in the last blog post. I repeated the same chain-piecing steps until all the rounds were finished for the four blocks, then pressed each finished block with a little Mary Ellen’s Best Press.
I’m setting a goal for myself to piece at least 4 blocks a night. With all of the block pieces neatly stacked and ready to go, the sewing goes pretty fast at this point. Here are a couple more of my finished blocks:
America Makes Fast Quilts…coming soon to a quilt shop or newsstand near you!