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Assembly: quilt with curves

All paper piecing Units for the Dinner Plate Dahlia Wall quilt are made: the quilt I am currently working on. Units and separate fabric pieces are ready for assembly.

With previous Blog posts, I have shown you how to work with curves and using Smart Corners: this will be done with assembly also. According to the directions of the pattern, working in groups to make quarter pieces of the quilt is the best way. 

I have placed each Unit, fabric piece and group on the floor of my studio to be able to get an overview. What you see here are stacks of four corners, grouped Units. With assembly, I will pick up some pieces, sew them together and place them back.  

I will not only use the directions of the pattern: there are diagrams available for assembly, where the direction for ironing the seam allowances is available. By following the order of sewing, it will fit. First I will sew smaller pieces together to make groups, like with the Units  and fabric pieces above. I will use my Bohin Glue pen again, first on the corners and next on the rest of the seam allowance. I almost never use pins, the glue will work just fine.

Convex and convcave, working from corner to corner: the last are Smart Corners, so easy to work with. 

The smaller fabric piece is sewn on the Unit, next the larger piece on the other side. 

This section is ready: making four for each quarter, placing it back before moving on to the next. 

The picture above shows how the TRP’s or RP-markings have to match: these point will divide large seams and are extra check points to make things fit. This time I have made them using large stitches, but sometimes I just mark them with a pencil or water soluble pen, or even small cuts in the seam allowances. But it is essential to use them to improve your piecing.

More and more sections, Units, fabric pieces and groups are sewn together, working my way into wedges with straight sides. 

Where points have to meet, I had sometimes have to rip it when that didn’t work the first time. Using pins on some places, and always the Bohin Glue pen. 

The three wedges per quarter are sewn together, leaving only the group bottom right to sew on. 

Again working sewing convex and concave together, and the quarters are ready. 

Next, two quarters together makes one half of the quilt, 

and two halves sewn together finishes the top: a beauty! It was fun making this one, and not too difficult when following the instructions of the pattern. 

On to the next project: see you then!


Happy quilting!

Sylvia Kaptein
Sylvia’s Art Quilts Studio

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