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Lesson #11 - Joining the Blocks // Skill Builder BOM


In this lesson you will learn how to join your finished quilted and trimmed quilt blocks together with binding joints to create a pieced quilt.

After joining all twenty blocks I can tell you that I am very much in love with this method. There is something so satisfying about joining a few blocks and having an almost completed quilt.

About halfway through the year I was getting a little sick of looking at the same blocks and colors, but now that the blocks are coming together it is so beautiful! If you are running a little behind on your blocks I urge you to try and catch up. This is the most rewarding quilt I have ever made and I am so proud. I know you will feel this way about your own quilt too! I debated whether or not to show you all my pieced quilt, but since I am so close to the finish I decided to hold out util I am completely done. For now here is a not so good Instagram photo sneak peak…

Joining Finished Quilt Blocks

First take some time to watch this video tutorial on how to join the quilt blocks.

PDF Download

Once you have watched the video tutorial go ahead and download the PDF lesson which will give you the exact material requirements and step-by-step picture instructions.Updated PDF on 11/22/13 at the end of page one I updated this… "You can now cut both the single and folded strips down to size. You will need:

  • (15) 1” x 15.5” strips
  • (15) 1.5” x 15.5” folded strips
  • (4) 1” x 59” strips
  • (4) 1.5” x 59” folded strips (UPDATED)"

We’re on the home stretch!

Alyssa


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  • Laura says...

    I haven’t been participating in your QAL but I’ve been following along with plans to do so once life gets a little less hectic. I watched your video last night because I was curious about the technique – looks really cool and you did an excellent job explaining it. Now I’m more motivated to go back and start making the blocks!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Jeanne says...

    I have always taken my blocks and made them into table runners & mini quilts because I could never see how to quilt something as big as a quilt but this makes it wonderfully clear. I am going to tackle a real quilt now. Thanks.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Tara says...

    I’m usually not a fan of the quilt as you go methods but this one looks really nice! I think I’m going to try it!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Nancy D. says...

    Yay! Guess I know what I’ll be doing while I’m off for Thanksgiving! Thanks for the great tutorial Alyssa.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Yippee! Good Luck you will love it.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    It is a great technique I will definitely be using it more often. Hope you will join me next year!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Hey Linda! Lets see, the quilt blocks finish at 14" and the binding joints are 1/2" finished. So if you want your blocks to finish at basically 14.5", then the sashing should be 2.5" strips, 2" finished. Sound right?

    On August 21, 2014

  • Linda L says...

    Alyssa for those of us who will be long-arming our quilts (although now I am regretting this decision a bit since the QAYG is looking pretty nice) can you give correct measurements for sashings so that the borders come out OK in the next step? I am thinking 2 inches since your blocks were 14.5 inches and mine were 12.5 inches but I am not sure how much space the joining strips needed up when finished (if any).
    Thanks! Linda

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Hey Abby, sorry for the delay. Here is the yardage requirements for the borders. The lesson will be posted next week.

    ⅛ yard each in five different colors of purple (or any colors of your choice)
    ⅛ yard each in five different colors of orange (or any colors of your choice)
    3 yards of black (or BG color)
    1 ½ yard batting (with 90” WOF)
    3 yards backing fabric (or many scraps pieced together)

    On August 21, 2014

  • Abby West says...

    I was wondering what is the yardage needed for the boarders in the next step? I am down to just 2 yards of my background fabric and think I will have to make adjustments to my quilt.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Linda L says...

    Perfect! Thanks! Maybe next time I will get braver and do QAYG.
    Linda

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Your welcome, have fun!

    On August 21, 2014

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