Monday, May 11, 2020

Unity Quilt Along, Part 7

Hey Ho, Happy Quilters!

Did you survive the great triangle storm of our Unity Quilt Along, Part 6?

Some of you said you were glad for it being an “easier” week – and other said “It was easy as long as I forgot to count how many I needed to cut and sew!”

I get it – but all of that prep work from Part 6 is going to make sewing what is Part 7 a breeze!

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Surrounding the quilt with spinning pinwheels!
34 of them.

Blocks will measure 8 1/2’’ unfinished and finish at 8’’ in the quilt.

I have had a great time playing with my fabrics for this round.

Notice that we are playing with color families – but there are no matching triangles, corners or backgrounds in the blocks.  Each block has 2 blue corners, and 2 aqua corners -

It’s time to pull out the box of scrap 2 1/2’’ squares, or to cut these from 2 1/2’’ strips.  I pulled these ready to go from my squares box – I only was short some aqua ones and cut those from strips I had on hand.

From neutral fabrics cut 136 squares 2 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’
From aqua fabrics cut 68 squares 2 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’
From blue fabrics cut 68 squares 2 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’

Piecing in quarters – not in rows!

If you “un-rotate” the block quarters so that all of the blue/aqua squares are in the upper left of the quarter, you will see that these are all the same, only half have aqua corner squares, the other half blue.  You are going to build them all the same – in the same orientation so that pressing will be consistent between them all.  That way, when joining block quarters seams will nest, likewise when joining block to block to surround the quilt center – all seams will play nicely with each other.

You are also welcome to press seams open at any time.

This is also why we pressed the seams open for the neutral squares border in Part 5 – so that the seams in part 7 do not fight them as badly.

Make 68 block quarters with blue corners.
Make 68 block quarters with aqua corners.

All of the red half-square triangles were made in Part 6.

Block quarters will measure 4 1/2’’ unfinished.

Sewing and pressing: Join the units into rows (ie: red triangle to blue corner in top row followed by red triangle to neutral square in bottom row.)  If there is a chaining thread between the rows clip it. 
Press the top row toward the blue square.  Press bottom row toward the red triangle.

Stitch the rows together to complete block quarter.

Spin pressing on back side.

Follow the direction of the seams in the top and bottom row, manipulating the long center seam to go in a clockwise fashion.  You will see a “miniature” of the block we are making in the seam allowance in the center.

*Note*  These seams will open easily as long as your stitches are of normal length (not too tiny) and if you DO NOT BACK-STITCH.  Giving the center seams a bit of a twist will help them “pop” for you.  I generally hold my thumb down on the right side, lifting the seam (both layers, do not separate as in pressing open) on the left.  Give it a practice, you’ll have it in no time.

Give the units a good press after manipulating the seams.

Block quarters ready to join.

Joining randomly into block halves.

Notice that the blue unit is on the left, and the aqua unit is on the right.

When sewn, press the seam allowance toward the half with the blue square (to the left)

Make 68 block halves.

Block halves will measure 4 1/2’’ x 8 1/2’’ unfinished.

Divide the block halves into two piles.

Join block halves to make 34 blocks.

Blocks will measure 8 1/2’’  and finish at 8’’ in the quilt.

Pressing -  Just as you spun the seams in the block quarters, do the same with the seams that joined the quarters into the full block.  You don’t need to spin each individual unit seam, just treat the block like it’s a giant four-patch with one top seam, one bottom seam and the long seam that joins the halves.  These seams should also go clockwise as the block quarters did.

Make 2 side borders each with 8 blocks.
Make 2 top/bottom borders each with 9 blocks.

Press.  I pressed the seams in one direction, but press open if you desire.  Add side borders to the quilt, pinning centers, ends and easing where necessary to fit. Press seams toward the inner neutral squares borders.

Add top and bottom borders to the quilt center, pinning centers, ends and easing where necessary to fit.  Press seams toward the inner neutral sashing.

Quilt will measure 80 1/2’’ x 72 1/2’’ at this point.

Next up!  Part 8!

I have been floored by the plethora of fabulous shares on Instagram with our hashtags #unityquiltalong #sewinplace and #quiltvillemystery. Thank you so much for participating – and for commenting on those posts who have shared their progress.  It helps them to feel your love and admiration at the great job they have been doing – we have over 1000 posts on the #unityquiltalong tag alone!  Fabulous job, everyone.

Let’s make this Part 7 week even better with a 25% off sale!

I really DO love May! And to celebrate the beauty of May (with a do-over day today) I am putting all digital patterns in the Quiltville Store at 25٪ off using coupon code DIGITAL25.

This coupon code is good for the entire month, but code must be used at time of purchase for the sale price to be in effect. Don't forget to use the code!
No refunds if you forget, okay?

You'll find everything in the digital pattern section of the Quiltville Store.

Where you will also find the Addicted to Scraps book still at the low low price of $15.99 while lock-down lasts. (June 10th here in Virginia.)

And it comes with a free Wanderlust table runner PDF pattern, so maybe instead of purchasing that one at 25% off in the digital pattern sale, you’d like it for FREE with the purchase of Addicted to Scraps?  No coupon required for the book purchase.

My thanks to those who have shown their support of my small online business during this lock down time – it really helps.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

What if we stop putting people into categories, and looked into their hearts?

Have a terrific week, everyone!

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  1. Your Unity quilt is looking beautiful...love all that piecing! Afraid to say I am just watching and not playing along. Trying to finish up other quilts and being very successful!Have 4 completed quilts since February, one whole cloth hand quilted. Have another on the frame hand quilting now. Have a great week also!

  2. Oh gosh, Bonnie. This is gorgeous! Your imagination and creativity never cease to amaze! I am just on step 2 but am plugging away! Take care.

  3. A sigh of relief this morning. I am making mine square to fit our bed, and was worried about how many more HST I would need.

  4. Wow Bonnie! Wow to the vision, wow to the size of your stash, wow to the scrap savers system! Wow to Unity. It's stunning.

  5. It's stunning! Thank you for all your hard work!

  6. A question - when we left the quilt top after adding the flying geese and top and bottom solid strips it was 57 1/2 x 65 1/2. We're adding 8" blocks all around. A strip of eight 8" blocks plus seam allowance is 64 1/2, but the side it's being added to is 65 1/2". After adding the side blocks, the width would be 57 + 16 1/2 = 73 1/2" but the top and bottom strips of 9 blocks would be 72 1/2". If the added rows were longer than the quilt top you could subtract the additional inch by making the seams a little larger but if the quilt top is larger easing it onto the added row is going to make it cup around the edges. Do you have a suggestion besides easing it in? I fear this might throw off more inexperienced quilters. I'm considering adding a 1/2" flange around the outside in a color so the sizes match.

  7. This is a pretty quilt. Never in my dreams could I do this. Imagination, I had to look up the meaning, you have a good one. I just hope to have enough neutrals to finish this up, you know I went to Walmart today first time I have been to a store. They didn't have anything in the way of fabric I could use, almost out of it all. So guess I will go online. Take Care Stay Safe.

  8. Love how you plan out the pressing as well as the beauty of the top design, :)

  9. I enjoy reading each week seeing your next step, but I stopped after Unity Week 1. I made a beautiful pillow with that week’s squares... I’m not a triangles type person. My points have definitely improved, but I’m more into squares, rectangles and some improv quilts...
    Your quilts are amazing! Thanks for the daily stories of living and life! I enjoy seeing and reading your updates....

  10. Thanks so much for doing this for us, Bonnie!!! It’s beautiful and it’s certainly kept me busy when I’m not otherwise working from home! Quick question for you: at the end of round 5, it is to measure 57 1/2” by 65 1/2”. How do we put 8” blocks on something with odd-inch measurements? If the round of squares in #5 were 1” finished, then it would measure 56 1/2” x 64 1/2” , and then the 8” blocks in #7 would fit. Thoughts? Mind you, I’m still on #4, so maybe I’m missing something somewhere by only reading the instructions?

  11. To follow up on my previous comment, of course if the round of squares is changed, then the strips of flying geese won’t fit. Sigh!

  12. ooooo! just about my fav block, that I know by name of "Flying X", tho often I make without the squares in the corners so the pinwheel stars float more. Depends, they look really pretty alternated with tiny Double 9-patch, or "Carrie Nation". Really liking this use of them as another border round. going to be such a lively quit top. Thanks for all your efforts

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