My Sister’s Choice blocks are all finished! I’ve been laying them out and sewing them together.
This is one of those quilts that can drive you crazy when it comes time to sew the blocks together. Your perfectionist tendencies don’t want to let you have any background fabrics next to each other but somehow, they seem to find their way together!
I don’t really think it’s all that noticeable if I did have some background fabrics next to each other. You can see from afar, the background fades into … well, the background.
I lay out my blocks and then stack them into rows and then sew them. Somehow in that process, some blocks get turned or out of order no matter how careful I am. I’ve had a couple of places where two fabrics are next to each other – I don’t know how it happens. It’s not the end of the world. This quilt is going on my bed to be used so no one is going to notice.
I debated for a while whether to add sashing but..1) I didn’t have enough black fabric for all the sashing and 2) it really didn’t look right. Then, I debated whether to make this a quilt-as-you-go quilt. I’ve never tried this technique where you sandwich and quilt each block and then put them together at the end. If you’re using a small home sewing machine, this technique can make the quilting process easier. I did a lot of research online and finally decided against it.
For one thing, everyone suggests that you have a little bigger seam allowance; maybe 1/2 inch instead of 1/4 inch so that the seams don’t bunch up. I didn’t plan for that in the beginning so things might not have worked out. Apparently, sashing is best for these quilt-as-you-go quilts because it can hide the front joining seams but then you have to hand stitch the back seams together. That sounded like a lot of work.
There was another technique where you add the batting and quilt the blocks. Then sew them all together, then add the whole backing and just quilt the backing in with seams around the blocks. Those seemed to have messy backing so I decided against that technique as well. Someday I’ll try the quilt-as-you-go.
After I get these blocks together, I will wait. (I do a lot of waiting here.) I’m waiting for the blue fabric I ordered for the inner border and the backing. I ordered the batting several weeks ago because I’m such a good planner. Don’t ask me what I’m going to use for binding – I haven’t figured that out yet. It’s actually a miracle that I found enough blue for the star points. I kept running out and I kept finding more blue in my meager stash. Luckily, it’s a scrap quilt so it’s all good.
My plan is to sandwich it like a regular quilt and try out my walking foot to do some simple straight line quilting.