It’s time to find all the blocks, the wadding and the backing and put the quilt together.
It is up to you whether you put it together first and then quilt it or whether you quilt each block – Quilt-as-you-go.
The instructions allow for either of these techniques but do not describe them in any detail. Border and binding instructions are given and the heart quilting in the border uses the heart template from the applique design last month, adapted to fit the space.
This one is machine appliqued but there is no reason why you can’t hand-stitch, or use glue if you prefer. The instructions do not include applique details – there are plenty of tutorials available for you to choose your own favourite method. Download the templates pattern here and the placement instructions here.
And a few colour ideas from EQ
No student’s blocks to show, sorry – not quick enough with the camera that month.
Some students preferred not to make an applique block and instead substituted a pieced block of their choice.
New Album is very simple block – a plain Square-in-a-Square block with a border. You can download the instructions here. The centre square is an ideal opportunity for ‘fussy cutting’ your print fabric (it doesn’t show too well on this snapshot from EQ) and you can do the same in the smaller cornerstones of the border.
Swapping the colours over gives the block a different look –
Or you can opt for something completely different using Autumnal batiks –
or in more muted fabrics so the centre square is not so prominent
And then put into quilts – first alternate colours, straight-set
and then on-point
And now let’s play around with the colouring a bit –
Sometimes called Diamond in a Square this unit/block is worth learning how to make as it crops everywhere from a unit in assorted bocks to a simple block used as a ‘spacer’ between more complicated blocks where, as you will see further down the page, it can create the illusion of a star within the quilt design.