An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt – Part 3

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

If you haven’t been following my adventures in quilting, I am blogging the process of making a twin-size patchwork quilt. Today I am sharing Part 3, where I actually start sewing! (Read Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.)  In this post I’ll talk about how I sew my squares together into a block.

But First, Workstation Set up

You will want to set up a sewing area for yourself. I like to set my machine up on a big work surface with good lighting. I kept our old kitchen table as my sewing table and it’s up in one of our guestrooms. I like to put a rubber mat underneath my machine so make sure it doesn’t scratch the wood underneath. Nearby you’ll want to have a garbage can, sharp scissors for snipping thread ends, and a ironing board and iron.

Sewing your First Block

I set up my cut out fabric squares on the table in the order I want them to be in the block. (See photo above.)

I want all of my blocks to be identical. So I checked my fabrics to see if there were any patterns that were directional. I had three that were directional and and chose to have them all point upwards.

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

To begin sewing I grabbed the three squares that make up the top row. I sew them right sides (pretty pattern side) together. I use the foot of my sewing machine as a guide to ensure that all my seams are equal to each other.

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

After I sew together my first row of three squares I iron down the seams and leave it on the ironing board.

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

Next I repeat those steps for the second row of three squares, and again for the third row of three squares. When I have the seams of all three rows ironed down and thread tails clipped, I can sew them together to make my first block.

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

Next I take the top and middle rows and sew them right sides together. To help make sure my blocks are lining up correctly I like to double check where the seams are. If it’s a little off you can tweak it a little bit by pulling it to help the seams line up better.

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

Then I repeat the process for the third row, and iron down all the seams again.

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

An Amateur’s Guide to a Patchwork Quilt

And then you celebrate because your first block is done! Only 47 more to go!

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