I've sewn the nine-patch blocks into seven rows consisting of eight blocks each. I worked into the night because I cannot wait to have this all assembled and quilted.
But I took a break to share a few tips for piecing the strips into nine-patch blocks:
1. Use a 1/4" sewing foot on your machine. This foot ensures a 1/4" seam allowance when you line your fabric up with the edge of the foot. If you don't have a quarter inch foot, order one from your sewing machine manufacturer. You will be so glad you did.
2. Chain-piece the strips rather then sew one block at a time. I have a tutorial on chain piecing quilt squares here and the same idea applies.
Bring your two fabric stacks to the sewing machine and chain piece first two strips together. Then cut those apart and chain piece a third strip onto each set of 2 to complete the nine-patch block.
Once you have eight blocks, cut them apart and press them all at once. This method saves a lot of time.
And I absolutely love seeing the blocks puddle on the floor. If your sewing table is up against the wall, it is definitely worth moving it out a bit in order to witness this puddling phenomena.
And I had so much fun finishing my napkins for the napkin swap hosted by Lisa.
My swap partner mentioned a flower print and decorative stitching so I came up with this simple decorative border around the perimeter. I hope she likes them.
Happy Friday to you all! And what have you been up to this week?