29 ''B'' blocks
18 ''C'' blocks
and 6 ''D'' blocks.
Here is the final assembly layout. The letters indicate the block and the arrow indicates the direction of the vertical seams. You can flip your A or B blocks 180degrees to get the vertical seams going in the direction you need them.
Sew in rows, being careful of the direction of the vertical seams. But, don't fret! If you have a block that you'd like to rotate 180, you can repress the vertical seams in the other direction if necessary! Each row needs to have all the blocks vertical seams pressed the same direction - so the row below it (that has the vertical seams pressed the other direction) will have nesting seams too. I am proud to say that I was not unhappy with ANY of the seams on my quilt and how they lined up. Careful pressing, matching, and pinning is key!
After your final assembly is complete, I highly suggest doing a basting stitch around the perimeter of the quilt (less than 1/4'' from the edge) to keep those seams intact.
Now, you can send this top off to be quilted professionally, but I highly suggest quilting it yourself! You save a BUNCH of money (enough to make at least one more quilt, maybe 2-3!)
I baste my quilts at my mom's because I don't have floor space, unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera when I basted this one. But, what I do is pin the backing with the right side facing the carpet (if you have hardwood or tile, use tape). Be sure not to stretch the backing, just make it smooth! Then, layer your batting on the backing, smoothing it out carefully so there are no wrinkles. Then, layer your quilt top (pretty side up!) on top of the batting. I like to start pinning at one end and work my way to the other side, pinning about every 5-6 inches. You don't need a million pins I have found.
After you get it all pinned, I highly suggest basting again all the way around the perimeter joining the backing/batting/top together.
That way, you can trim away all the excess backing and batting. I cannot tell you how many times I have accidentally sewn the excess backing to the back of a quilt and had to rip out stitches. It doesn't happen any more though now that I sew the perimeter first and trim that excess away!
Since this quilt already has a nice grid from the squares, I chose to do a diagonal straight line quilting to create a diamond pattern.
It will get pretty bunched up on the right side of the needle, but just keep smoothing it around the needle, especially in front of it.
I chose to stitch every other diagonal block - this creates an approx 3'' diamond pattern, which is plenty close enough for bonded cotton batting like Warm & White or Warm & Natural. I like to do all the diagonals in one direction, then when I am ready to do the diagonals in the other direction, there are no pins to impede my pace and the second half of the quilting goes a lot faster!
Until you have all diagonals done - and then you can bind it! I chose to bind with the cut-offs from the backing fabric.
Now you can sit back and enjoy this labor of love. This is a heavy quilt, which I LOVE!
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