Now that all of the How-To Blocks are all complete, I now have 47 quilt blocks ready to made into a quilt. This is how I put them together to make a queen size quilt top.
First, I went through the stack and found my favorite blocks. I knew I was not going to be able to use all of them.
For a queen size quilt, I knew I needed about 90+ inches on each side. These are 12 inch blocks so 6 blocks across would give me 72 inches, which leaves some room for sashing around each block. For a 6 x 6 quilt, I would need 36 blocks.
I laid the blocks out on my living room floor. Then I took a picture of it so I could see it "from far away."
I looked to see if any one block or area drew my eye more than another. I also asked my husband to do the same thing. We came to the same conclusion. The Jagged Edge Block (second row down, 3rd from the right) stood out too much. So I moved the blocks around till it made sense to my eye.
Then, I stacked up the blocks in order, in rows.
Next, I cut out the sashing parts. I wanted white strips between each block with a dark blue square at the intersections.
For this queen size top I needed:
84 White strips at 12 1/2 inches x 3 inches.
49 Blue squares at 3 inches x 3 inches.
Next, I sewed together all the pieces in rows using strip piecing.
Then sewed all the rows together to create the finished top.
Finally I pressed it for a nice finished look.
I love how the sashing breaking up the craziness of all the different blocks. I also love how four years of blocks have come together.
Next step is to quilt it!
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For the PDF versions of all the Blocks, click here.
Have fun quilting!