Quilting with Sandi


IX Step Three

Plan the size of your quilt and the arrangement of the blocks. The smaller quilt has 48 blocks arranged 6×8; the larger has 80 blocks, arranged 8×10. Refer to the diagram at the bottom of this page and/or make your own arrangement. The third photo on the right shows one way to arrange the 48 block version. When you are satisfied with the arrangement, sew the blocks together in horizontal rows. It might be helpful to take a picture of your block arrangement so you can refer to it as you sew the blocks together. Number the rows so that they can be assembled in the correct order as you proceed with the assembly of the quilt top.

NOTE: The top photo on the right shows the four block arrangement used to make the complete block known as Floating Star. As you lay out your blocks, determine whether to use this arrangement in your quilt.

NOW: Two different game plans for the rest of the quilt: #1 is traditional method of construction; #2 is “Quilt as you go”

1) Sew blocks together to form horizontal rows.
2) Sew rows together to form the quilt top.
3) Add border(s) as desired. The quilt as shown in the diagram below has a 2 ½” border ( cut 3”) all around. A variation would be to have a narrow inner border and a wider outer border. The two photos below show fabric cut for a narrow tan border and a wider green border.
4) Measure completed quilt top and purchase batting & backing: Plan for these to measure about 8-10” wider and longer than your quilt

Quilt as you go “Row by Row”:
1) Sew blocks together to form horizontal rows. DO NOT sew the rows together at this point.
2) Measure width of the row AND add measurement for side border(s) if you plan to add them.
3) Figure out length the quilt will be when the rows are joined AND add measurement for upper & lower border(s) if you plan to add them.
4) Purchase batting and backing according to your measurements PLUS about 8-10” wider & longer.

Quilt Diagram

Large Quilt