Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sewing along ...

... on my Slice of Pie. Here is Kim Diehl's version on the cover of her book and .... .... here is mine so far. A little bit calmer for my eyes.

The blocks were actually quite fast to do up. The sashing is not. There are a gazillion squares and since my design wall is upstairs and my sewing machine downstairs in the basement .... well, I just had to come up with a plan.

To start with, my squares get sorted into lights and darks and are sitting on two pieces of styrofoam boards (recycled bits). Do you like my pin keeper? It has a magnet on the bottom and my pins don't fall out. Very important with kitties helping me. BTW, I purchased this bowl at Wal-Mart in the automotive section. This layout allows me to pin a couple of rows onto the design quite quickly. We like quick, don't we?

Then, pieces of paper got numbered (two per number and two per alphabet letter). This is where it gets easy for me to get a pile of sashings and go sew them together. Follow me along ...

... to a row of vertical sashings. Yes, all vertical rows get the pink paper. Since I'm not working with the corner squares yet, I take one of the letters and pin it to the top of the row square. All the other 3 squares in this row will go to the back of this top square and this tells me what order to sew the squares together.

Now, what do I do with the 2nd. letter paper? It gets pinned to my design wall to tell me that the row A that I just removed will get returned to this same spot after it has been sewn.

For the horizontal rows, use the cheddar cheese colour paper squares and proceed using the same method (i.e. the purple will go on top of the pink and the pink on top of the turquoise and the turquioise goes on top of the navy print.). The corner squares will not be done at this time (they are the red/white/blue print on the left and the yellow stripe on the right).

There is enough in these two piles for 12 sashings. So, down to the basement I go to sew them together.

I have this obsession with keeping my squares to be sewn on the straight of the grain (sog). This dates back to my days of sewing clothes and nothing makes clothes fit better than cutting out the pattern on the straight of the grain. Same for sewing for quilting (except where the bias comes into play). In this case, for the vertical rows, arrange your squares with the straight of grain (sog) going up and down (or north and south).

For row D, this is the order which they were on the design wall. When you take your D pile, place the bottom square from the pile close to you and then place the next one from the bottom of the pile against that one and so on until you have the top square with the paper on it at the top of the row. Sew squares 1 and 2 together and then squares 3 and 4 together.

On the right side of this photo below, you will see how the above sections have been sewn together. Now take another pile (letter C) and arrange them going from bottom to top. Sew squares 1 and 2 together and then 3 and 4 together.

At this point, clip the threads holding row D (see the two sections above my scissors?).

Now, sew sections 1 & 2 to 3 & 4 as shown below.

Clip the threads holding row C (the ones above my scissors in the photo below).

Row C (photo below) shows the two sections that need to be sewn together.

In order that I don't get mixed up, all the vertical piles (pink paper) will get sewn together first. Then the horizontal piles will get sewn (cheddar cheese paper) following the same procedure as described for the pink paper vertical rows.

After pressing (in this case, the seams are being pressed open), here are my 12 sashings ready to go back in their correct places on my design wall.

To help me keep track of vertical and horizontal rows that have been sewn (believe me it gets confusing after a while and I got tired of checking and double checking the rows)), a pink and cheddar cheese paper gets tacked to the side indicating that the rows has been done and I can proceed to the row below and work on them. I guess by now you have realized that I am a bit of control freak, eh? What can I say, except my sign is Virgo! :o Anyway, this method has sure worked out for me.

Shall we do some more sashing? There is a ton more squares still to be added to the design wall. On the other hand, perhaps not. Miss Hank keeps showing up and I have learned not to try to move her off because she will get ticked off and one swipe of her tail and those squares will be everywhere. This is my cue to walk away and return later.

Have a great day!

Here in Canada, we celebrated our Thanksgiving last month. To my American friends, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!


Karen said...

The effort is worth it - this quilt is going to be fantastic!!

Barb said...

I like yours on the light background.
what a fantastic setting lattice!

Angie said...

It's gorgeous! And I love your 'plan' for the sashing. I love Churn Dash in setting. I need to pull that book and drool a while. ;D Happy Thanksgiving!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

How could anyone argue with your method when you have such FABULOUS results! Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes!

hetty said...

It looks complicated, but I see it works for you. I love that quilt!

Chookyblue...... said...

looking great..........would love to make this one...........I need more time..........

Julie Fukuda said...

My rule ... if it works for you, it is the right way. The results are fantastic and that's what counts.

Jennifer said...

Yours is definitely nicer! And what works for you is the best method.....there is no right or wrong. Do you know, I have that blue floral on a soft yellow background in my stash too.

Karen said...

The blocks look very good all put together. I have Kim's book but I just don't remember that quilt from the book. I need to look at the book again.

Jeanne said...

It's awesome! Thanks for sharing your technique for the sashings, too.

Unknown said...

I like your version better :)