It is here. The final row. Part 12 of the quilt along. Today we will mix and match two different techniques to make the missing row of our quilt. In the bottom of this blog post you will find information for the back of your quilt plus a special rainbow backing pattern.
Row #11 ‘All together now’
This row is called All Together Now. Triangles, squares and rectangles are mixed together to make this row. But this row also is the row after which we can finally put our quilt together. One single row looks nice on it’s own, but seeing all those rows together is something just so special!
In this row we will be using foundation paper piecing and sewing strips. Two techniques we practiced a few times in earlier rows. Pick the paper piecing technique you prefer. And check the instructions of earlier rows if you need a refresher on the technique.
Here it is, the row All together now. Enjoy the final row of our quilt along!
Check out the video below to see all the steps to make this row.
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
Did you order a kit for the quilt along? Than you’ll use the light blue fabric called ‘Breakers’ for this row if you are making a rainbow quilt. (Pleae note: in the pictures and video you see me using the wrong color Capri. In the rainbow quilt it should be Breakers!) Or the blue fabric called ‘Jade’ if you’re making a blue quilt. We will make a few of the strips in accent color, so also get your accent fabric out. And of course your 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: 12 inch
- Accent fabric: fabric for a few strips
- Background fabric: 20 inch
- Inch ruler (12 x 6 or 24 x 6 inch both will be fine)
- Add-a-quarter ruler
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Freezer paper or tea bag paper
- Iron + ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Thread (I use thread in the color of my background fabric)
Cutting your fabric
All the measurements below include a 1/4″ seam allowance. Pieces in the cutting scheme without measurements are pieces from the paper piecing pattern.
Main fabric (Breakers)
- 2 x a strip of 1 1/4 x 8 1/2″
- 3 x a strip of 2 1/2″ x 14″
- Cut the pieces you need for the paper piecing parts
- 10 x piece A3
- 10 x piece A9
Background fabric (Silver)
- 2 x a strip of 2 1/4 x 8 1/2″
- 2 x a strip of 1 1/2 x 14″
- 2 x a piece of 1 1/2 x 2 1/2″
- Cut the pieces you need for the paper piecing parts
- 10 x piece A10
- 5 x piece A1
- 10 x piece A5
- 10 x piece A6
Accent fabric (Titanium)
- 3 x a piece of 2 1/2 x 2 1/2″
These cutting schemes can also be downloaded as a PDF:
Here you can download the cutting scheme for the Blue fabric kit:
Let’s get started
We will first make the paper piecing parts of this row. Download the pattern below and use the foundation paper piecing technique that you prefer. I’m going with the freezer paper method for this row. Check back to previous rows to refresh the foundation paper piecing technique if needed.
You need to make this part five times.
Sewing the squares
Now we will make the squares-strips that go in between the paper piecing parts.
Take the two 14″ strips in background fabric and the three 14″ strips in main fabric.
Sew these strips together in alternating order. Start and end with the main fabric.
Now cut these strips in 2 1/2″ wide slices. There is some extra length in the strips, so you can square of the side first
I made one piece with three squares in accent fabric. For that you will sew the three 2 1/2 x 2 1/2″ accent squares and 1 1/2 x 2 1/2″ background pieces together.
Assembling the row
Now we have all the pieces to make the row we can assemble it.
Start on the left with a 1 1/4 x 8 1/2″ main fabric strip. Then a 2 1/4 x 8 1/2″ strip background fabric.
After that we will alternate with a squares-strip and a paper piecing part
I put my accent piece as the second squares-strip from the left.
Continue to add squares-strips and paper piecing parts.
Finish the row with a 2 1/4 x 8 1/2″ strip background fabric and a 1 1/4 x 8 1/2″ main fabric strip.
You made it!
Well it’s almost the end. We still need to sew all the rows together. That is something we will do in four weeks. On the 29th of October you will find the post with all the information about the sashing between the rows here on the Bernina blog. I’ll show you how to make all the rows the same length. And how to sew everything together into one quilt top.
You will need to finish your quilt, and post a picture in the Bernina community or on Instagram before the 26th of November. The instructions on how to enter your quilt to have a chance to win one of the three Bernina 570QEs or one of the three rulers sets will be given in the blogpost about sewing the sashing to the quilt.
The back of the quilt
Fabric for the back
For the back of the quilt you can use any fabric you like. I’m going to show some options on how to quilt the quilt after the next blog post. I will show you how to quilt the quilt in three sections and in one piece.
So before you make the backing for the quilt you need to decide if you want to quit your quilt in one piece, or in three smaller sections.
One piece backing
If you want to make it in one piece, you will need 5 yards of fabric for the backing. Always make backing fabric a little bit bigger than your quilt top. I like to make is 4 inches bigger on all sides. So our backing should be 78 1/2 x 98 1/2″.
This is calculated for fabric that is 44 inch wide. When you use extra wide quilting fabric (104 – 108 inch) you will only need 78” of fabric. You can cut your fabric like this:
And then sew that together like this. Start by sewing the three pieces on the left together. Then add the larger pieces to the right. The measures above and below include seam allowance. The finished quilt back will measure 78 1/2 x 98 1/2”.
Three pieces backing
I divided the quilt in three sections like this.
- Section 1 (row 1 – 4)
- 70 1/2 x 26 1/2” (finished size)
- 78 1/2 x 34 1/2 (incl 4 inch on all sides)
- includes the sashing below row #4
- Section 2 (row 5-8)
- 70 1/2 x 31 1/2” (finished size),
- 78 1/2 x 39 1/2 (incl 4 inch on all sides)
- now sahing above row #5 and no sashing below row #8
- Section 3 (row 9-12)
- 70 1/2 x 32” (finished size),
- 78 1/2 x 40 (incl 4 inch on all sides)
- includes sashing above row #9
The width of normal quilt fabrics is 44 inch. So I would suggest using 3 pieces of 78 1/2 inch for this option. That will be a total of 3 x 78 1/2 = 235 1/2 inch = 6 yard + 20 inch (6m) of fabric.
Special rain bow sprinkles pattern for the back
I also made a PDF with all this information. It includes a bonus pattern for the backing. You don’t need to make this backing in order to be able to win one of the prices. It’s just something extra that I designed for the quilt along.