I put the final stitches in the binding last night and am very happy with the results!!
Are you ready to get your top together?
After I had my blocks made I grabbed several different reds for the sashing and laid my blocks on them to test the options. I fought with the red a lot!! Was it overpowering the little blocks? Was the print too busy? Did I need something more solid- looking? This red seemed to be the best and I let it stay on my design wall for a few days to make sure. (I really kept going back to a double pink, but resisted) I still had my doubts but went with it anyway.
As you can see by the layout we will need to cut 4 squares for the first and third row top and bottom. We want to keep the bias (or stretchy) edge away from the outside of the quilt.
I cut my squares a bit larger to give me some room to work with. If you want them cut to the perfect size, then I will assume you know how to do the math on that. You will need to cut 4 squares that measure 4 1/2", then cut on the diagonal to get eight half square triangles. (See photo below)
I lost some of my photographs so had to use a different fabric for my example. As you can see I didn't use any favorite fabrics!!
See how I had to cut between lines? It wasn't very accurate.
It was pointed out that my measurement is incorrect. I'll blame the ruler, because I really didn't have to cut a square. I am so sorry if this has caused any problems.
So, I suggest cutting five- 7 3/4" squares, then cutting twice on the diagonal to get 4 quarter square triangles.
(4.5 unfinished square x 1.41= 6.363 diagonal measurement of block + 1.25 seam allowance)
When all the pieces are laid out just how you want it start sewing row one. You will be sewing on the diagonal. I always add the half square triangle pieces last. Press as you go and trim off the pesky little points.
When all three of your rows are together and you are ready to sew those together line up
the right side of the block in row 1 with the intersection of blocks on row 2. I pressed the center of the quarter square triangle so I'd know where to pin. I want my zig zag setting to look nice and I'm sure you do too. Line them up all the way down. Do the same thing when you are attaching the third row too. (Please ask if I haven't made this clear)
Because I cut my triangles larger this is where I ended up. Not a pretty sight but I had plenty of room to trim the red at the top of the block and still have a seam allowance.
Ta-da! Your Strawberry Fields is ready to layer and quilt. You should be able to see how I quilted mine in the first photo. I also think this would be terrific with an all over quilting design such as fans or clamshells.
Thanks for joining me on another quiltalong!!! I think I'll give everyone about a month then post a McLinky so we can see all the quilts at one time.