Wednesday, February 27, 2013

sewing it together

Isn't there a song about snowy days and Sundays? Well, I guess the song was written in California but I am sure you get the gist.  Time though to get some tasks done.

Now one of the tasks is to write again about how I join the blocks together. Sure, I have written about this before but it is some place in the depths of my blog posts--I have been doing this for several years after all. So for those who are not interested, well there is always some snow to shovel--and if you don't have any, I can offer you some . And of course, you can alter this method using your own methods. Why not?

 As you probably know I piece the quilt in blogs and pin it to the display board.

I take two blocks that I want to join and pin them right sides together.

And sew a seam.


Then I cover the seam with a binding.

Which I whip stitch in place.

Press the seam open and repeat.


And repeat and repeat. Turn up the music. Take a break. And repeat.....

See that wasn't hard, was it? Just a bit long and a bit tedious.  Oh well, isn't that part of making quilts?

Good luck. And do let me know if you come up with any other variations on this method. I know I am always hunting for an easier method.


  1. They say that 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' and I am keen to explore your method of quiltmaking and colour changing so thank you for both showing again your method of joining blocks and also for giving 'permission' for me to experiment with your methods. It may take me a while though ;-) Just one question, if you don't mind, do you hand stitch the binding down with the whip stitch? I only found your work a month or three ago and, as a former painter, I love the way you use colour and light.

  2. Thank you Ann! I'm a huge fan and have wondered how you piece the blocks together.

  3. Ah, many thanks, Ann! This was a question I've been wanting to ask but wondered if it was a bit cheeky to ask for your 'tricks of the trade'! So helpful!

  4. could you show us a photo of the wrong side of the quilt finished also? - thanks!

  5. Think the song may be rainy days and Mondays....
    Not a quilter, but I love your pieces..... I stitch strips of paper together! Thanks for being generous with your techniques.

  6. Hi, I just found your blog and really like your work. I have just started working with small strips and am a fan of Rayna Gillman style pieces. I have to assume that you quilt as you go and sew each block together and place the binding to cover the seam. Is this correct? I have never tried quilting as I go as it seems more difficult for smaller pieces, but can see the value for larger works.

    Anyway, I will be coming back to see what you are up to. Thank you for the inspiration.