Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Flying To Paradise QAL Part 3

Hello!  It's time for another installment of my Flying To Paradise Quilt-A-Long.  After much debate, I decided to skip the applique on this project.  It just seems unnecessary.  Sometimes it adds to the project and sometimes it detracts.  When I sent the fabric proposal to the folks at Connecting Threads (Batik Sampler Link) they liked it without the applique, so I think I'm going to go that route.  To purchase a printable PDF of this quilt pattern, click HERE.

This looks cleaner to me.  What do you think?

That also makes this the final instructions of this project too!  That's exciting!  To celebrate, I'm sharing this with Freshly Pieced, Needle 'N Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, and Thursday Threads @ 627 Handworks.  Hopefully, I'll have a finished quilt top to share with Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts--but we'll see.  I also have a lot of machine quilting for customers to get done.  It's the busy season.

Here we go!  First things first, we need to add the border to the center patchwork section we've made before.  To do this, we're going to cut from the ecru colored batik fabric along the lengthwise grain.

  • For the outer borders, cut four strips 6 1/2" wide by 2 1/4 yards long.
  • For the inner border, cut four strips 6 1/2" wide by 2 1/8 yards long.  Sew this to the already completed center panel.  There will be excess fabric on the first two sides, trim it square using a rotary cutter.

  • Sort the remaining fat quarters into piles of light and dark fabrics.  Tip: to ensure contrast between fabrics, simply squint at them (or take your glasses off).  If there's contrast, then you will see the blocks clearly int he finished  quilt.
  • From the dark fat quarters, cut two squares measuring 10 1/4".  Then cut these into fourths digagonally.

  • From the remaining light colored fat quarters, cut strips measuring 5 1/2".  Cut these into 5 1/2" squares and then across once diagonally to yield the remaining triangle pieces.

  • Sew the flying geese units together by adding two 5 1/2" triangles to one 10 1/2" triangle, matching bias edges together.  Use caution not to stretch these edges.  There will be overlap at the top of the triangle to ensure a place for adjacent rows to connect without blunting the top of the flying geese triangle.

  • Sew these blocks into rows.  Notice that on the top and bottom row, the far corners rotate to make the quilt blocks march around the quilt top.

  • Quilt Top Assembly Diagram:

  •  Add the flying geese border to your quilt followed by the outer fabric border.
Happy Quilting!  I hope you have enjoyed this project.

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