I have been one crazy sewing lady. This quilt is a donation for a church auction and is due at the church tomorrow. So I have been pulling some late night hours of sewing, sewing, and more sewing to get this quilt finished. I am going to share with you the whole process of putting this quilt together, but spread it out over several posts. If you missed the introductory post for this quilt, you can find it here: Reunion - Pieces and Placement.
(The fabrics in this quilt are the Reunion collection from Sweetwater by Moda and the pattern is the same pattern I used for my Rose Quilt.)
The first post mentions laying out the quilt top before starting to piece it together. Once I lay it out, I usually cannot leave it there for very long, especially not through the entire process of sewing the top together. So I stack up the rows starting on the right of the quilt and work my way to the left (right is on top of the stack, left on the bottom) and I label each one with the row number on a sticky note. I usually pin it to the fabric, I don't trust the sticky. I also remember to put the sticky note towards the top so I know which way is up.
This is are pretty simple pattern. The only complicated part is not mixing up the pieces once they are all set out the way you want them. This can get tricky when it is 2:00 in the morning.
Ironing is your best friend! I am diligent about pressing out my pieces after piecing them together. Especially with a little starch on the wrong side to stiffen them up which helps during the quilting process. I generally press to the dark fabrics.
There is a lot of traveling back and forth between the machine and the iron, but it makes a world of a difference in the end!
Here are the rows sewn together and labeled. I label a lot when I am running on a little sleep. I have to keep things clear. I spent a long time setting out the pieces just so and I don't want to mix them up now.
I love this collection and I am really happy with how the quilt turned out. I will share with you the finished top and prepping the quilt sandwich in the next post. Stay tuned for more.
Have you been participating in any late night sewing? If so, what have you been working on?
Here's to a good night's sleep!