Who is excited to see their quilt start to come together? I know I am.
Piecing for this quilt is pretty simple and we are moving at a nice, slow pace so that you have plenty of time to make your blocks. This week we are only making Block A, so that is 20 blocks.
It is important that you use a scant 1/4" seam allowance (check out this post if you need more info on what that means) and that your blocks are balanced if you are making a scrappy quilt.
What does it mean to have balanced block? Within your dark valued prints and your mid-valued prints, you are still going to have some variety in color and value. Make sure not to cluster all of your darkest dark prints into one block and try to mix up colors and shades so that they aren't clustered together.
I find it helpful to lay out all of my blocks before I start piecing. This way, I can make sure to get a mix and it gives me another opportunity to remove any fabrics that may not be the best for the project.
There are not instructions in the pattern for pressing your seams to the side because I am a big fan of pressing my seams open. But can you press your seams to the side and have them nest?
Yes you can! For all 3 blocks, you will want to press your seams toward the mid-valued prints. For Blocks A and B, that will mean pressing toward the 1.5" pieces and for Block C, that will mean pressing toward the 3" x 4" pieces.
Then, when we start piecing our rows together, you will want to press toward Block C. This should create nesting seams throughout the quilt.
If you are worried about your seam allowance not being a scant quarter inch, make a test block. Block A should end up 8.5" x 8.5" exactly. If your block is smaller than this, your seam allowance might be too large. If you are block is larger than this, your seam allowance might be too small.
You should not need to square up your blocks — hopefully they will be the correct size.
If you are having trouble getting your seams to lay flat after pressing, put a large ruler on top of your blocks and then place something heavy on top of the ruler. This works really well and will make your blocks a little easier to work with.
I'm looking forward to seeing your blocks on Instagram! Make sure to use the #miniplaidishqal hashtag.