This week it’s time to finish sewing the Sea of Squares quilt top. If you are just joining me, please scroll down to the end for links to each step of this do-it-yourself quilt tutorial. It took me a total of 2.5 hours to complete the steps shown below.
Step 1 – Quilt Layout (30 minutes)
Lay out all 42 of your blocks on a design wall or other large flat surface, or even the floor. Play around with your block arrangement until you find a pleasing composition. Take pictures of any arrangements you like as you “play.”
Arrange your blocks in a 6 x 7 grid – 7 rows of 6 blocks each. Be sure to alternate between your X and O blocks and distribute your values and colors evenly.
Step 2 – Sewing the Rows (1 Hour)
For this quilt layout, it’s easiest to sew the top together in rows. I numbered them 1 through 7. You can press all of the odd blocks in one direction, and all of the even rows in the opposite direction so that seams will nestle together when sewing.
If the darker fabric shows through the white, you may choose to press your seams open.
For a speedy sewing tip, I stacked up all of my blocks into pairs of two next to my sewing machine. I added a pin to the right had side to indicate this is the side I will be sewing.
Before sewing, I took a photo of my layout with camera’s phone. I referred to the layout as I sewed the rows together and was able to keep the blocks lined up in order. I continued joining the blocks together in order until I had 7 rows of sewn blocks.
Since my design wall was too small for all of the rows, I used part of the floor, too!
Step 3 – Completing the Quilt Top (1 Hour)
Pin at all of the intersections (I like using flat-head flower pins).
Be sure to remove your pins just before you get to them so you don’t accidentally break a needle. (Ask me how I know?!)
Next, sew together rows 3-4 and 5-6 together in the same manner.
Row 7 will be on it’s own. Next, you can join each of these segments into larger “chunks”.
Join rows 1-4 and rows 5-7.
Add these two “chunks” together to complete the quilt top.
Give your top a final pressing and set aside. Or do what I do: leave it up on your design wall for awhile to admire it until it’s time to baste and quilt!
I have decided to split apart the backing and basting into two separate tutorials so I can go more in-depth with each. Next week I will show how to sew a pieced quilt backing, either all from the same fabric, or from bits and pieces from your stash (my favorite). You need a total of 3 1/2 yards for the backing (perhaps a little more if piecing lots of chunks together).
Due to the popularity of this quilt kit, I have put together a limited number of kits in an alternate colorway. This one is called Apple Jacks and would be perfect for a little boy!
Quilt-Along Schedule – Links are Active at the Completion of Each Step:
- Week 1 – Supply List
- Week 2 – Sorting and Cutting the Charms
- Week 3 – Sewing the Blocks
- Week 4 – Completing the Quilt Top
- Week 5 – Piecing the Backing
- Week 6 – Basting
- Week 7 – Machine Quilting
- Week 8 – Optional Extra Quilting
- Week 9 – Machine Binding to Finish
Be sure to post pictures of your progress on my flickr group: Christa’s Quilt Along.
Quilt Kits are available for a limited time.