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
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