Bling Quilt Part 3 of 4 – Making the Quilt Top

Now it’s time to take those yummy cut up pieces from Geo Pop and sew them together into a quilt! Although I’m making two versions of Bling at the same time, it’s really not that much extra effort to do double the amount of sewing! This is a quick overview of my process – please purchase a copy of the Bling quilt pattern for more detailed instructions.

Geo Pop Cutting in Progress
Bling Fabric Cutting in process

Cutting in progress for both version of Bling – in black or white

Geo Pop Fabric

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Thread Tips

When choosing thread for piecing, I prefer to use Aurifil 50 weight cotton from one of my 3 thread collections. When sewing with lots of colorful prints like Geo Pop, I’ll choose a lighter color when sewing with the light background, and darker colors when sewing with the dark background. I’ll use the same color in top and bobbin or similar shades.

Aurifil Thread and Geo Pop Fabric

Because these quilts were so colorful, I was able to use up some leftover spools and bobbins while piecing. I sew with a shorter stitch length (2.0 instead of 2.5) and I press my seams open so that everything will lie flat. The shorter stitch length also prevents the stitches from showing through the seams.

Aurifil Thread and Geo Pop fabric

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Sewing the Blocks

The block that forms the Bling quilt is actually very versatile. First take a look at the finished sewn blocks using both background colors below.

Bling Block White

Look at those beautiful seams pressed open!!

Bling Blocks

Each block in the quilt pattern uses the same background fabric and then two fun colorful prints.But look at the other options you could try! You could rotate the unit placement to create a slightly different block:

Geo Pop Bling

Or you could make the block a bit scrappier if desired.

Geo Pop Bling

However, you make it is it up to you – because you are the boss of your quilt!!

Piecing the top

Although my usual method is to sew blocks into rows, you can actually sew groups of 4 into larger blocks for easier handling.

Geo Pop Bling

Geo Pop Bling

Once the blocks are all sewn, the quilt top goes together very quickly. The pattern even includes several alternate layouts for you to try. I use my design wall to help me keep the blocks arranged just how I want them. You could also take a picture with your phone to refer to!

Geo Pop Bling

Click here for my design wall tutorial.

Quilt in Progress on Design Wall

I love quilts that show off the fabrics, and Bling was sooo fun to make! Stay tuned for the last segment where I talk about the machine quilting (my favorite part!!)

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One thought on “Bling Quilt Part 3 of 4 – Making the Quilt Top

  1. SHERRI STILL says:

    I love how you write about your process and give such great instructions and pics! Keep up the good work. I’m going to do the Bling quilt soon

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