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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mother's Double Dutch Quilt Part 2

Doubledutch

Working on my mother's holiday quilt and am sharing here some of what I do to make the process go faster, yet being careful to make proper cuts and seams.  If you ever wanted to make a quilt, hopefully some of my tips here will be helpful.

 

 

Quilt2f

These little 2" squares are part of the next step, but first, I need to place a diagonal mark on the wrong side of the squares.  This will be my guide for sewing.  Accuracy is so important while making a quilt!

 

 

Quilt2g

As mentioned in my first post, I like to get all my pieces cut out, organized, and labeled.  Per the instructions for making this Double Dutch Quilt, I have pulled my 6 1/2" squares (P) and my little 2" squares (K).  The instructions call for me to place the K squares on each corner, right sides together.  Following those instructions, I carefully pin each of the smaller squares on the corners of the larger square, making sure the edges meet.  I do this for all the remaining pieces, making sure that the diagonal marks I made on the 2" squares are placed correctly.

 

 

Quilt2d

Quilt2c

I do not sew one piece at a time or I'd never finish the quilt!  I sew in trains of pieces ...

 

Quilt2a

Quilt2y

And when I pull them off the machine, I can clip them apart easily.

 

Quilt2x

Next step called for clipping the corners leaving a 1/4" seam

 

Quilt2w

Press them open and set aside

 

Quilt2v

Quilt2u

Quilt2t

Cut these squares in quarter pieces and set aside

 

Quilt2s

Do the same for the other blocks that are labeled to cut in quarters

 

Quilt2p

Early on make sure that all your seams are 1/4"

In quilting, the seams are always 1/4" whereas in dressmaking they are usually 5/8" unless otherwise noted

 

Quilt2r

Before you begin to sew your triangles together, make sure you set them out in the direction they are supposed to be sewn together.  No point in using your seam ripper if you don't have too

 

Quilt2q

Sew them together like a train, one after the other, making sure you line up edges and always use a 1/4" seam

 

Quilt2n

Cut them apart and press towards the darker side

 

Quilt2k

That went fast!

 

Quilt2j

Set up the two triangular groups in the directions they are supposed to be sewn together

 

Quilt2i

When you place one side "right sides together" on the other, make sure your seams match up perfectly and pin together at the seam

 

Quilt2h

When you are done sewing all the triangular pieces together, press them open making sure the iron pushes the seams to the edge.  The points should all line up nicely like this!

 

Taking a break until next post!  Thank you for stopping by!  Hope my little tutorials make it easier and more fun for you to quilt!

 

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