Welcome to part 4 of my Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Along!
For anyone just joining me, Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Kits are available for purchase while supplies last.
Thanks to all of you who have shared your quilt along pictures on my flickr group so far. It’s been “sew” fun to see your progress!
Scroll to the end of the post for the quilt along schedule.
It took me a total of 2 hours to sew all my blocks.
Did you finish your bow ties from last week? If not, that’s ok. I added an extra week to my schedule to give everyone a chance to catch up. That means less homework this week!
Step 1 – Sewing the Half-Blocks (1 Hour)
It takes 4 bow tie units to complete one X or O block. Sew two bow ties together to complete half of the block. Repeat for the other half of the block.
At this point you can decide whether you want it to be an X or an O. Chain piece all of your pairs of bowties until you have a total of 70 “half-units”.
For an X block, join the halves with the print squares in the middle forming an X. For an O block, join the halves with the background squares touching to form an O. I pressed all of my seams open so that it did not matter which way I rotated the units.
Step 2 – Completing the X and O Blocks (1 Hour)
Sew a total of 18 X blocks and 17 O blocks. You should have a total of 35 blocks.
For a fun design aesthetic you could try to make the X blocks from mostly medium/dark fabrics and the O blocks from mostly light/medium fabrics. It’s up to you!
I am making my quilt from all X’s so I have sewn a total of 35 X blocks
Alternate Block Design
If you would like to go with an alternate layout such as waves, mix up your bow ties so that each one is different and sew all block units like this:
Play around with your bow ties and see what other designs you can come up with!
On the left is a sketch of what my quilt will look like. On the right is an alternate layout.
If you have any questions about this week’s homework, please be sure to join my flickr discussion or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quilt Along Schedule – Links will go to each active post when published.
- 5.1 – 2/27/13 Supply List
- 5.2 – 3/6/13 Choosing Fabrics and Alternate Layouts
- 5.3 – 3/13/13 Cutting and Sewing the Bow Tie Blocks
- 5.4 – 3/20/13 Sewing the X and O Blocks (or alternates)
- 5.5 – 3/27/13 Finishing the Quilt Top and Pieced Borders
- 5.6 – 4/3/13 Piecing the Backing
- 5.7 – 4/10/13 Pin Basting
- 5.8 – 4/17/13 Stitching in the Ditch
- 5.9 – 4/24/13 Decorative FMQ
- 5.10 – 5/1/13 Additional Quilting
- 5.11 – 5/8/13 Binding – It’s Finished!