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Fall into a Quilt Along: Setting Tutorial

The grand reveal of our Fall into a Quilt Along mystery quilt is here! I had a bit of trouble with the lighting for the pictures, but I’m thrilled with my quilt. If you missed the final block, it’s this adorable owl. To find links to the rest of the past blocks and general information, visit my quilt along page. Remember, all block patterns will be free until the quilt along ends on November 12, 2018.

I’m really excited about my setting for this quilt. My goal was to create something stunning that’s way easier than it looks. I know some people struggled with getting the blocks to come out the right size. I’ve compensated for that by framing then trimming every block. The diamond sashings are also trimmed after piecing, and the points float away from the seam (so you don’t have to worry about losing your points!). With the blocks and sashing all the same size, the top sews together like a dream. I hope you’ll give it a try!

For this layout, you’ll need 4 1/2 yards of background fabric to complete your quilt (not counting what you’ve already used in the blocks). Of course, you could also get creative and use different fabrics. I’m excited to see what you make!

Framing the Blocks

To frame the blocks, cut 18 strips at 2” by the width of fabric. You’ll use 12 strips to frame the sides of the blocks, with the leftover fabric used along the top and bottom.

Important - Don’t use the leftover fabric on the side of another block. If you do, you won’t have enough for the tops and bottoms. If you forget this, you can sew some of your scraps together and make it work.

Step 1 - Smooth a 2” strip along the center of your block from top to bottom. Make sure it is square with the block, then trim the excess even with the bottom of the block. This makes sure the strip is the same height as your block, no matter what size your block ended up being.

Pin the strips right sides together with the sides of your block.

Tip - If the strip isn’t exactly the same size as the block, sew with the longer piece towards the feed dogs. This will ease in the excess fabric.

Sew with your normal 1/4” seam and press towards the framing strips.

We repeat this process to frame the top and bottom of the block. To finish all twelve blocks, you will use the fabric leftover from framing the sides of the blocks, as well as the 6 remaining 2” strips.

Gently smooth the strip along the center of your block from side to side. Make sure the strip is square to the block, then trim the excess fabric even with the side of the block.

Pin the framing strips right sides together with the top of the block.

Sew and press towards the framing strips.

Trim the block to 14 1/2” square. I used a large square ruler. The seams for the framing strips should be at about the 1 1/4” lines and the 13 1/4” lines. Center the block as best as you can, and trim the excess fabric from the top and the side.

Rotate the block and trim to 14 1/2” square.

The block is framed! You want to frame all 12 of your blocks.

Making the Sashing

Tip - I recommend completing one sashing unit before chain piecing the rest of them.

Extra Important Tip - Starch is your friend. The fabric will be on the bias in the finished sashing unit. To help prevent the fabric from distorting while being handled, I starched it heavily prior to cutting.

Place a 5” by 7” background rectangle face up. Make a mark 1” in from opposite corners on the long edge as shown. (I circled my marks in the image below.)

Line up a ruler with the marks you just made and cut the rectangle diagonally.

Do this for all 31 5” by 7” background rectangles.

For each sashing unit, you will need:

  • Bright Colors for Diamonds

    • 2 – 1 1/4” squares (matching)

    • 2 – 2” squares (matching)

    • 1 – 2 3/4” square

  • Background

    • 4 – 1 1/4” by 3 3/4”

    • 4 – 2” by 3 3/4”

    • 2 – 2 3/4” by 3 3/4”

    • 1 – 5” by 7” rectangle cut diagonally 1” in from the corners

We will make 31 sashing units. I recommend finishing one before chain piecing the rest.

Lay out the bright squares with the corresponding background rectangles as shown.

Sew and press towards the bright squares. These are the diamond strips.

Lay out the diamond strips and remaining background fabric as shown. It is essential that the direction the diamond strips tilt matches the angle you cut in the large background rectangle.

Set aside the large backrgound pieces and sew the diamond strips together. Nest the seams where the bright fabrics meet.

Press all seams towards the outside of the sashing unit as shown.

Now we will attach the remaining large background pieces.

Line up the background pieces with the outer diamond strip. The final background piece should be evenly spaced from the corners of the diamond strip.

Sew and press towards the large background pieces.

We will be trimming the sashing to 4” by 14 1/2”. Line up the 2” line on your ruler horizontally through the centers of all of the diamonds. Line up the 7 1/4” line on your ruler vertically through the center of the large diamond.

Trim along the side and top of the sashing unit.

Rotate the sashing unit. Trim to 4” by 14 1/2”.

Your sashing unit is complete! You need 31 of them for the quilt.

Assembling the Top

Lay out the blocks, sashing units, and cornerstones as desired.

I like to use small sticky labels to mark each of my pieces before I start sewing them together.

Each piece has a grid position marked in the upper right hand corner.

Sew into rows. Press all seams away from the sashing.

  • For the sashing rows, press towards the cornerstones.

  • For the block rows, press towards the blocks.

Sew the rows together, pressing towards the blocks.

Adding the Borders

Cut 7 – 2 1/2” by width of fabric strips and sew them end to end for the borders. I’m planning to trim down the border after quilting so it finishes at 1”, but the wider border gives the quilt top much needed stability.

I measure and attach my borders in much the same way as I framed the blocks. Gently smooth the border strip along the center of the quilt, taking care to keep it straight and not to pull on it. Trim the excess fabric even with the bottom edge of the quilt.

Since borders are long, I always anchor one end with pins. I put the pins straight down into my carpet. This ensures that the border strips don’t get pulled and end up too short.

After carefully smoothing the fabric along the center of the quilt, I trim the excess even with the bottom. Make sure the border strip is straight and square with the quilt before trimming.

Pin the border strips right sides together with the quilt top. Sew and press towards the border strips.

Repeat this process to add the top and bottom borders. Pin the border strip to the center of one side of the quilt. Carefully smooth the fabric, making sure it stays straight, and trim the excess even with the other side of the quilt.

Pin the border strips right sides together with the top and bottom of the quilt top. Sew and press towards the border.

The quilt top is finished! Now I just need to figure out a backing so I can quilt and bind it. I really can’t wait to use this quilt.

More Setting Ideas

All seven quilt along hosts are sharing their own finished quilt tops with setting tutorials. Be sure to check them out!

Abbie Danahy at Sparkle On
April Adams at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi Bridgeman at Snowy Days Quilting <--- That's me!
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Sherry Shish at Powered by Quilting
Vanda Chittenden at Quilting with Vanda

A Special Announcement

Many have asked if we will be doing another quilt along, and the answer is yes! We’re still hashing out the details, but you can expect a quilt along in 2019. We’ll be posting as soon as we know more. Follow the blog, keep an eye on our Facebook group, or check out the Instagram hashtag #quiltypartnersindesign to catch the announcement.

Grand Prize

We have an incredible grand prize package that’s worth $200! Anyone over 18 is eligible to win, including international participants.

To be entered in the drawing, you need to make a complete quilt top with all 12 quilt along blocks. There's no need to have it quilted. Simply share your finished quilt top on Instagram with the hashtag #fallintoaqal, in the Partners in Design Facebook group, or in the linky party below. The deadline for entry is 11:59 pm Eastern time on November 12, 2018.

What are the prizes? I’m so glad you asked! Our grand prize winner will recieve:

  • Exclusive Shabby Fabric quilt pattern “Blessings of Spring” designed by Jennifer Bosworth. The pattern set includes patterns for all 9 blocks to finish to 56" x 62".

  • An Omnigrid zipper pouch containing an Omnigrid 4” square ruler and a

    pair of 4-Inch Needlecraft scissors

  • A six month subscription to Make Modern Magazine

Link-Up

Please link up your finished quilt tops here! I can’t wait to see what you make.

Question for You

There are so many great ways to finish this quilt. What kind of setting are you planning to use? I can’t wait to see what you do!

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I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long: Setting Tutorial

I can't believe it's already time to reveal my finished quilt top! This quilt along has certainly gone quickly. If you missed it, you can find the last block right here. You can also check out my quilt along page for links to all of the past blocks and information. Remember, all of the block patterns are only free through January 15, 2018.

Before I get to the reveal, I have exciting news to share! Many have asked if we will be doing another quilt along, and the answer is yes. We're thrilled to announce that we will be doing a Fall themed quilt along in 2018! We're still ironing out the details, but we'll let you know more as soon as we do. Announcements about the next quilt along will be made right here on the blog, as well as in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook group.

My Setting Choice

For my quilt top, I wanted a setting that was quick, easy, and forgiving. If you've had any trouble with your blocks coming out slightly different sizes, this is the setting for you. After framing the blocks, they each get trimmed to the same size.

Since I used four different background fabrics in my quilt, I decided to use those same four fabrics for the frames. It would also look really nice to use only two framing fabrics so they alternate between blocks.

My quilt top finishes at 48" by 64". If you wanted it larger, you could always add a border or two all the way around.

Setting Tutorial

I will be demonstrating on my Reindeer Games block. The process is the same for every block in the quilt.

For each block, cut two strips of framing fabric 3" by the width of fabric. Remove the selvedge and square up the ends of the strips.

Line up the ends of one strip with the top center of your block. I do this with the strip folded in half to save myself some time.

While holding the strip in place, smooth the fabric along the center of the block. Be gentle so you don't stretch the fabric.

Line up a ruler with the bottom edge of your block. You want to make sure it's square to both the block and the strip that you are about to cut.

Here's a closer look. You can see that the ruler is lined up with the edge of the block, and that the strip is in line with the marks on the ruler. You may have to adjust the strip to get it perfectly straight.

Use your rotary cutter to cut the strip even with the edge of the block. You now have two 3" wide pieces that are the exact height of your block.

Pin the newly cut pieces to the sides of your block. I folded each piece in half to find the center, and pinned it to the center of the block. Then I pinned each end.

Sew with your regular 1/4" seam allowance and press towards the framing fabric.

We will follow the same process to frame the top and bottom of the block. Take your second 3" strip folded in half, and align it across the center of your block horizontally.

Once again, make sure that the ruler is lined up with the edge of the block, and that the strip is in line with the markings on your ruler. You may have to adjust the strip to make this happen.

Use your rotary cutter to remove the excess fabric. You now have two 3" high pieces of fabric that are the same width as your block.

This time, I used five pins per side. Fold each framing strip in half to find the center, and pin to the center of the block. Next, pin the ends at the edge of the block. Finally, pin in between to secure it further.

Sew with your normal 1/4" seam allowance and press towards the framing fabric.

Note - If you are only using two fabrics to frame your blocks, you may want to press towards the framing fabric on all of the blocks that use one fabric, and towards the block on all of the others. This way if your seams align when you put the blocks together, you will be able to nest them (It isn't guaranteed that the seams will align since the individual blocks weren't required to start at exactly the same size).

Finally, trim to 16 1/2" square so the framed block will finish at 16" square in the quilt.

After I framed all of my blocks, I played with the layout until I was happy with it. At that time, I re-pressed some of my framing seams to go towards the block instead of the framing fabric. This allowed the seams between the blocks to nest when they lined up.

I'm really pleased with how my quilt top turned out. If you decide to use this method, I would love to hear about it.

More Setting Ideas

The other 10 ladies that are hosting this quilt along also have finished quilt tops to share! We each came up with our own settings, so the odds are that they're all different. Check them out to get ideas for your own quilt.

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting <---- That's me!
Diane at Cwilt
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece

Grand Prize

We have an incredible grand prize package to share with you! To be eligible to win, post a finished quilt top that includes all 12 quilt along blocks by 11:59 pm Eastern on January 15, 2018. It doesn't need to be quilted to enter. You can post your picture in our Facebook group, on Instagram with the hashtag #iwishyouamerryqal, or in the link-up at the bottom of this post.

The grand prize package includes:

Link-Up

I'm so excited to see all of your finished quilt tops in this link-up! I'm really hoping we end up with quite the collection of them.

This link-up is special, because it will appear on all of the hosts' blogs. So, if you link up here, your link will automatically appear everywhere! How cool is that?

Once you've linked up, please take some time to visit the other links and spread the quilty love.