Only three rows remaining! Today we will start with part 10 of the quilt along. For this row we will use the reverse applique technique for the second (and last) time to sew some curves.
Row #10 ‘Dot dot dot’
You did it before, so I know you can do it again! For this row we will be sewing curves, full circles this time, with revere applique. Some of you really liked this technique. Others were a little bit less impressed with the ‘Around the corner’ row. (I get that, applique or round shapes wasn’t my cup of tea the first time I tried it either!)
However, I’m super happy and proud that you’re still sewing along with our QAL. We are so close to finishing it!
This row will be a bit quicker than the previous row with reverse applique. You will ‘only’ have to make 12 blocks instead of 28. Sounds nice right. Let’s go and make row 10!
Check out the video below to see all the steps to make this row. I’ll go over the whole technique again.
If you’re new here, welcome! On the 28th of November we kicked off a super fun quilting project. We started a quilt along, where thousands of quilters from all over the world are making the same quilt. Every four weeks a new part of the pattern, a new row, will be released. After 12 rows you will have a quilt of 70 x 90″.
Even though we started eight weeks ago you can still join us! You will have enough time to catch up. There are also still fabric kits available for this quilt along. You can make the quilt in rainbow colors on silver fabric, in rainbow on white fabric or with blue fabrics. Of course you can also pick your own fabrics or use what you have in your stash.
On this page your can find all the links to previous blog posts about this project. Hop over to this blog post to read all the general information about this quilt project. And also read this one to learn more about the materials we use and the fabric requirements.
Fabric + Material
For this row you will need some teabag paper or thin lining fabric besides your fabrics.
Did you order a kit for the quilt along? Than you’ll use the blue fabric called ‘Emerald’ for this row if you are making a rainbow quilt. Or the dark grey fabric called ‘Titanium’ if you’re making a blue quilt. We will make one circle in your accent color, so also get your accent fabric out. And of course you’ll need your background fabric.
For those of you who want to play with the location of the accent color in each row, or add extra accent colors or just want to get a little more insight in the layout of the quilt. Here is a schematic of the rows and the placement of the accent colors.
And this is what the schematic of the quilt looks like for the blue fabric kit.
You will need the following to make this row.
- Main fabric: 11 inch
- Accent fabric: fabric for a few bobbles
- Background fabric: 15 inch
- Tea bag paper or thin lining fabric
- Inch ruler (12 x 6 or 24 x 6 inch both will be fine)
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Iron + ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Thread (I use thread in the color of my background fabric)
Voor deze rij maken we weer ronde vormen met reverse applique. We naaien over de lijnen die je eerst tekent op theezakjes papier
For this row we are going to make round shapes with reverse applique again. The sewing is very straight forward. You will sew over the lines that you first draw on your tea bag paper. No complicated cutting of round shapes and no pulling and tugging at your fabric while you’re sewing.
With this method you can make any rounded shape and you will exactly know how it turns out. It’s nice and precise. In stead of the half circles we did last time, we will now sew 12 circles.
This row already has the border included at the top and at the bottom. So you don’t need to add any borders to this row when assembling the quilt.
Cutting your fabric
Here is an overview of what to cut for this row. Before you start cutting all the fabric I would recommend making a test block. That way you can see if you like the size of the pieces listed below or if you want to cut your pieces a little bigger.
Main fabric (Emerald)
- 11 x a piece of 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″
Background fabric (Silver)
- 12 x a piece of 7 1/2 x 7 1/4
Accent fabric (Titanium)
- 1 x a piece of 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″
Tea bag paper
- 12 x a piece of 6 x 6″
These cutting schemes can also be downloaded as a PDF:
Here you can download the cutting scheme for the Blue fabric kit:
To improv or not to improv
You can make 4″ circles for this row, or go with shapes that are a little less perfect. Go with what feels good for you.
You can improvise and draw up your own shapes, or you can download the template below and use my 4″ circle template. In that template I’ve also included some improve shapes.
Make your blocks
Lets’s start with our first block. Take a piece of tea bag paper (or very thin lining fabric) and draw a circle or a improv shape on it.
Place the tea bag paper on a piece of background fabric. Try to align it in the center of the fabric. In the video I’m sharing some tips on how to do that.
When working with print fabric, place your fabric with the right side up, then place your tea bag paper on top of that.
Now you sew over the line on the tea bag paper. Set your stitch length a little smaller then you normally use for stitching. I put my Bernina 770QE in the needle down position so my foot hovers just above the fabric when I stop to turn my fabric a bit when needed.
After sewing your shape you cut the inner fabric away. Also make little cuts in the fabric toward the sewing line.
Now you can turn your piece ‘inside out’. Flip the tea bag paper to the other side and press it flat. Make sure your tea bag paper isn’t peaking out on the front.
When this is nicely pressed you take a piece of main fabric and place it behind the background fabric. Also here, when you work with print fabric, place your fabric right side up.
Put in a few pins around the end and top stitch the background fabric on top of your main fabric. I set my stitch length a little bit bigger, to 3, for this. If you like, you could even go for a blanket stitch or a different decorative stitch.
Now trim the excess fabric and teabag paper from the back.
Make 11 blocks in your main fabric and 1 block in your accent fabric.
Trimming the blocks
Now we need to trim the block to the correct size. The height of the blocks should be 7″ including seam allowance.
For the width you should cut the block to 6 3/8″ (including seam allowance). That means you should cut the background fabric on both sides of the 4″ circle to a tiny bit less than 1 1/4″. Somewhere between 1 1/8″ and 1 1/4″. That is 1 3/16″ to be precise.
(I know that 6 3/8″ is a bit of an odd size, but that size just spaced out the circles better on the row than 6 1/4″or 6 1/2″.)
When you measure from the center of your block you should cut at 3 3/16″. With my improv block I kinda eyeballed it and made sure that the total width of the block was 6 3/8″.
Sew the row together over the 6 3/8″ sides of the blocks. The height of the row should be 7″.
The total width of the row will be 71″including seam allowance. You can trim the row to 70 1/2″ right after you finish it, or wait until all the row’s are assembled and trim them off then.
See you in four weeks 🙂