For those of you just joining us, it’s never to late to start. You can sew at your own pace and use whichever fabrics you like!
Today we will sew all of our Pearl Blocks together to complete the quilt top. It took me a total of 9 hours of sewing for this lesson. Your mileage may vary. 🙂
Step 1 – Finishing the Pearl Blocks (4 hours)
Lay out a pearl unit surrounded by background rectangles so that you can see how the block sews together. You will be sewing the shorter bands to either side of a pearl unit first.
Chain sew half of the 2.5″ x 7.5″ black/grey bands to one side of 36 (7.5″) pearl units. Be sure to pin generously so you keep everything in proper alignment. If you need to trim the blocks as you go, that’s ok. Just be sure they are all the same measurement.
Sew the rest of the black/grey bands to the other side of the block and press seams open. You should have 36 units that look like this:
Step 2 – Sewing the Rows (2.5 Hours)
Now comes the creative part. Take a few minutes to arrange your blocks in a pleasing color order on a design wall or other large flat surface such as a table or bed.
Sew the blocks together into pairs. Pin generously, starting at the little black intersections to keep everything neatly lined up.
Now you can decide whether you would like to press the seams in your rows open or to the side. I still prefer to press open because they lie flatter. I use a wooden seam roller to open the seams. Then I go back over the seam with a hot, dry iron.
Pinning generously, sew two rows together at a time. Then join larger sections until you have completed your quilt top. My top is a little larger than my design wall so I had to drape it over a bit. 🙂
Now it’s time to show me yours! Please share pictures of your progress on my flickr group: Christa’s Quilt Along. You can also email me pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share some of them on my blog.
Quilt Along Schedule – links will be active at the completion of each step:
- String of Pearls Introduction
- Step 1 – Rotary cutting all the pieces
- Step 2 – Sewing all the “pearl” blocks
- Step 3 – Completing the quilt top
- Step 4 – Backing and basting
- Step 5 – Machine quilting #1 straight lines
- Bonus – Extra spiral quilting
- Step 6 – Machine quilting #2 swirls ‘n pearls
- Step 7 – Binding to finish
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