Now you’ve got your rows all sewn together in strips you need to put the strips together to make the finished top of the quilt.
Take your first strip and turn it over so you can see the seams. Open out the seams to press them flat.
Here’s the seam pressed.
Now press all the seams in your first strip.
Take your second strip and iron the seams flat too. You will then have the first two strips ready to pin together.
Place the top strip on the bottom strip ‘right sides’ together. Remember this means the patterned sides together. Have a look at the photo below to check.
Before you begin to pin match up the first 2 seams of the squares. I always start from the left and work to the right so when I sew all the fabric is to the left of the machine.
Once you’ve matched up the seams you need to pin them together. Matching the seams means that the patchwork squares will be in the right places and you won’t have wonky lines.
Remember I pin like this – horizontally and right to left (pin head is the right) -the ‘proper’ way to pin is going horizontally I just don’t like sewing over pins!
Here’s two seams pinned.
Now add pins the middle of the squares.
Here’s the two strips pined and ready to sew.
Here’s the strip ready to sew. I pin so I have all my fabric on the left hand side of the machine so as the quilt top gets bigger there is space for the large amounts of material! I use the edge of the foot as a seam guide.
When you’ve sewn the two strips together turn the fabric over and open out the seam as before ready to press them open.
Press all the seams open.
Now add another strip in the same way you did the first.
All pinned and ready to sew!
Here I am about to sew. This picture shows you what I mean about keeping the fabric to the left of the machine as the quilt grows larger.
Keep adding strips until you’ve sewn them all on. Keep pressing the seams open and once you’ve finished the back of your quilt top will look like this: