I sure have enjoyed seeing pictures of the fabrics everyone is using so far to make their Squiggles quilts. (Check out my facebook group and #squigglesqal on Instragram.) One of my favorite parts of any Quilt Along is seeing how different fabric choices affect the look of a quilt made from the same pattern. Even those who purchased Squiggles quilt kits will end up looking different because of the fabric placement.
I’m remaking Squiggles from my book using my Modern Marks Fabric.
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Making the Quilt Blocks
This week it’s time to make the Squiggles blocks! Turn to page 16-17 of Piece and Quilt with Precuts for instructions on making the individual units and sewing them into quilt blocks.
Squiggles Unit – See the book for how many to make and what size squares to use.
Once the units are complete, randomly sew them together to make pairs of “C” blocks:
C is for Christa, right?? Just kidding!!
Bonus Piecing Tips
In order to get my quilt top really flat for easier domestic machine quilting, I prefer to press all of my seams open while sewing the blocks. Contrary to popular myth this will not weaken the seams.
Because I’m using bold prints with a black background, I pieced them together using a darker thread – Aurifl 50 weight cotton #4241 Very Dark Gray. This makes it less likely that thread will show through the seams when they are pressed open.
I’m using very dark gray from my Aurifil Piece and Quilt Collection – Neutrals
I also used a shorter stitch length to help secure the seams. For example, the default stitch length on my BERNINA is set to 2.5. I turn it all the way down to 2.0 while piecing so that the seams ends don’t come apart. Smaller stitches also helps ensure that you don’t see the thread peaking through the seams. If you don’t want to use a shorter stitch length, you can instead back stitch each set of units at the start and end of each unit while chain piecing.
Sharing is Caring
Next week it will be time to sew the blocks into the quilt top! In the meantime be sure and post pictures of your progress in my facebook group, and share them on instagram using the hashtag #squigglesqal. (You can also tag me on instagram @christaquilts). I love it when we all cheer each other on!
In fact, check out this fun mini quilt that Leslie Frost made from the corners that are leftover when you make the blocks. Isn’t it cute??
Use up the leftover corners in a mini quilt or throw them in your scrap pile.
For a limited time I have Modern Marks Squiggles Kits available with a black or white background. But once they’re gone – they’re gone!!
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One thought on “Squiggles Quilt Along Week 2 – Making the Blocks”
Thanks for sharing Leslie’s design for the leftover HSTs! As a just-past-beginner quilter, I’m a bit intimidated at the thought of dealing with so many tiny pieces, but I CAN’T throw them away!