Have you made your fabric choice?
I’m using an old collection called Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket for my Flying confetti that’s no longer available. I also chose to use a variety of fabrics rather than following the pattern to the letter.
I can make some fabric recommendations that I think would work well for this quilt.
So today we’ll start cutting the pieces to assemble the blocks.
Follow the instructions on page 16 of Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist to make the blocks.
I’ve made a video with some tips to help you make the quilt.
Chain piecing, pressing, pressing, trimming half square triangles.
Pressing your seams open or to the side? That is the question!
I mostly press my seams open but sometimes I press to the side.
In my video tutorial I’m pressing to the side but feel free to press your seams open. Use a small stitch length to avoid the stitching showing when the quilt is stretched on a long arm frame.
There are many reasons why some quilters prefer one method over the other. Often it goes back to how they learned to quilt.
Some of the reasons to press to the side:
- If you want to do stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.
- If you wish to submit your quilt to a show that requires your seams to be pressed to the side.
- It’s easier and faster.
- It’s easier to match point by nesting seams.
- It may make seams stronger.
On the other hand pressing your seams open produces much flatter seams and thinner seams that are easier to quilt by hand.
It’s up to you which method you use.
If you have any experience or opinion about how best to press your seams please leave a comment.
Cut all your pieces, and make all the HSTs and get ready for next week to put it all together.
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“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.