Sunday, June 29, 2014

Spring Sampler - Finishing Instructions: Lap-Size Quilt

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Welcome to our last set of instructional posts in our Spring Sampler Series! A big thank you goes out to Connecting Threads for sponsoring our quilt along!

Please join in our quilt along at any time - the patterns will be available on our blog indefinitely!  Visit these pages for help choosing your prints and for fabric requirements for the project.

Share photos of this block below in our linky party or in our flickr group.  Each block shared between now and 7/24/14 is an entry into our prize raffle - US & Canadian residents only, please.

The following post gives instructions for finishing the 9-block wall-hanging version of our spring sampler.  If you're making the 13-block lap-size version, finishing instructions are posted here.

Always be sure to read through the entire set of instructions before beginning, sew with a 1/4" seam, and press seams as directed by the arrows.

Sashing & Border Triangle Cutting Instructions

From a Vibrant print fabric (#1), cut:
        2 - 18 ¼” triangles, cut in quarters, diagonally {setting triangles}
        2 - 9 ½” squares, cut in half, diagonally {corner triangles}

From the Background fabric (#2), cut:
         35 - 12 ½” x 2" rectangles

From the Dark Print (#3), cut:
        7 - 3 ½” x width of fabric strips

Choose one Medium Print (#4), and cut:
        24 - 2" squares

Quilt Top Construction

1.  Lay out 2 - 2” Medium Print squares and 1 - 12 ½” x 2” Background rectangles, as pictured; sew together and press towards Medium Print squares.  Repeat to make a total of 2 units.

2.  Lay out 4 - 2” Medium Print squares and 3 - 12 ½” x 2” Background rectangles, as pictured; sew together and press.  Repeat to make a total of 2 units.

3.  Lay out 6 - 2” Medium Print squares and 5 - 12 ½” x 2” Background rectangles, as pictured; sew together and press.  Repeat to make a total of 2 units.

 4.  Lay out the 13 Sampler blocks, as pictured.  We like this arrangement:

5.  When happy with the arrangement, add the left-leaning 12 ½” x 2" Background rectangles, and the setting and corner triangles.  Sew the blocks together into diagonal rows, pressing seams away from the sashing rectangles.

6.  Lay out the sashing strips made in steps #1 - #3 along with the rows made in step #5.  Sew the rows together and press seams towards the sashing.

7.  Trim the edges of the over-hanging 2" Medium Print squares so that they are flush with the edge of the quilt.  There should be a 1/4" beyond the intersection of the Medium Print square and the Background sashing rectangle.


Please read this important note before border construction:
The border measurements provided below are mathematically correct measurements.  Since all quilt tops can vary a little bit in actual constructed size, measure the length and width of your own quilt top in several places (but not along the edges, as they can stretch a little during construction) to find out if any adjustments need to be made to your own border sizes.  Press all seams towards the borders.

8.  Sew the 7 - 3 ½” x width of fabric strips together, end-to-end, into one continuous piece; press seams open.

9.  From the continuous strip, cut 2 - 57 ¾” x 3 ½” rectangles.  Attach these to the left and right sides of the quilt top.

10.  From the the continuous strip, cut 2 - 63 ¾” x 3 ½ rectangles.  Attach these to the top and bottom of the quilt top.

Finishing Instructions

11.  Layer backing, batting, and quilt top together.  Baste and quilt as desired.

12.  Cut 7 - 2 ½” x width of fabric strips from the Binding print and attach end-to-end into one continuous strip.

13.  Match the raw edges of the continuous  strip together lengthwise, and iron along the fold to crease.  Attach the binding to the front of the quilt, aligning the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the quilt.  Fold the binding over and hand sew to the back edge with a neat, blind stitch.

Congratulations!  You've finished your sampler!  Please share your photo finishes in our Parade of Quilts linky party or in our Flickr Group.  All photos count as entries into our Connecting Threads gift certificate drawings on July 25th!

Thank you so much for sewing along with Cora's Quilts!  It has been my incredible pleasure to share this journey together - I'm so happy to have met some wonderful new friends and can't wait for our next quilt along project - our Autumn Aspen Glow Quilt.

Happy summer!!

1 comment:

  1. Hello! I follow your blog and have really enjoyed this quiltalong! You went to a lot of trouble to post it and to write it up and I just wanted to say that I really appreciate it! Thanks so much! XO