Month 3 is upon us for Sherry Shish’s Powered by Quilting Barn Quilt. That is one mouthful, and coincidently, this was a bit of cutting and piecing this month. Truth be told I have some finishing to do on assembling blocks 1&2 but we are approaching the halfway point. If you haven’t started, I do still have an affiliate link for you to get this pattern, here*, and you can catch up on Month 1 here and Month 2 here.
HINT 1: Pay attention to direction of the pieces!!!
-On page 11 of the the directions make sure your diagonal pieces are going the right way. For instance, in the picture above you make 16 with a square on the left, diagonal top right to bottom left. The next 16 are made with a square on the right, diagonal going top left to bottom right. The pictures are very helpful.
-On page 12, pay attention to the directions of the “top pieces” with the 2 HST pieces. There are two different pieces you make for the corresponding 2 different facing bottom pieces you made from page 11. Yup, I made them all the same (and they don’t flip to work). So, I spent some quality time with Jack, my seam ripper. I sure hope you don’t have to and you won’t if you make sure that you have two sets of 16 blocks – one with background on left and one with the background on the right.
HINT 2: Chain piece and cutting apart the chain.
I don’t have a “gizmo” like Sherry use, but I made one with this thread holder I have. I put one of the tiny, cheap seam rippers in it. It does help save the thread cutter on my machine, which I also sometimes use.
HINT 3: Use a Design Board
I made these design boards; you can find the instructions here. I love using them for keeping pieces together. Here, I turn over pieces, and sew a group. Then sew the second group, then the third. Then I iron and do the next set of seams, press and repeat until it is done. Mostly, it keeps me from making mistakes as I am always placing it back as a block and see mistakes sooner rather than later.
So, that’s it for this month. I am so happy with the way these are turning out. I am one of those people who like to see things Electric Quilt so you can see the next big block above; which includes this blocks from Months 3 & Months 4 (not yet made). You can see some of the fabrics are notto scale. One big difference that I am noticing is that my fabrics do not contrast as much as Sherry’s do. Its fine, a matter of choice.
Working together is what makes this fun, so remember to check out the other quilters who are blogging, including our fab designer, Sherry!
- Sherry of Powered by Quilting
- Vanda of Quilting with Vanda
- April of JANDA Bend Quilts
- Abbie of Sparkle On!
Here’s the calendar
August : Time to gather all the supplies. September : Month 1 blocks. October : Month 2 blocks and Mini Quilt #1 assembly.
- November: Month 3 blocks. <===we are here
- December: Month 4 blocks and Mini Quilt #2 assembly.
- January: Month 5 blocks/Mini Quilt #3 assembly.
- February: Month 6 blocks and Quilt Top Assembly
- March: Show off your amazing work
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8
Awesome Ocean SAL – 11/23
Island Batik Challenge November
Island Batik Challenge December
I love how your quilt is coming along Kathleen and am excited to see the finish. The background embroidered fabric in the first photo is so pretty!
Thank you for all the tips 🙂
I had to look twice to see what you meant! That’s a bedspread…more blue than grey but once again it was a dark day.