Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 2

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Hello, my dear Quilt-along-ers! I hope my post finds you well. I have heard from several they are still waiting on fabrics. So, I thought I would just do a mini Part 2 for the latest instructions so that everyone gets a chance to catch up.

Part 2: We are adding the white on black polka dots sashing strips around the what we made in Part 1.

You will need for the multi-color colorway:

You will need for the pink/purple colorway:

Or fabric of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will need to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Step 1:

Cut widthwise, three 1 1/2″ x 42″ strips.

Step 2:

Recut one of the strips into two 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strips. Cut sections off the other two strips so that they measure at 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″. So, now you have two 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ and two 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strips.

Step 3:

Take one of the 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strip and pin to the short end of the quilt center. I like to leave the part with all the seam allowances on the top if I can possibly help it. That way, I ensure that they are all nice and smooth after I sew my strip onto the quilt top. Sometimes seam allowances get flipped and would end up in the wrong directions if they are placed on the bottom. I have heard that fork pins help eliminate that problem, but I haven’t tried using them yet.

This is how I pin. I find it easier to feed my fabric pieces if they are pinned this way. This is a trick my friend Wanda (a fellow Quilt-along-er) had shown me a couple of years ago, and I have loved it. My favorite pins when piecing are these and these:

Step 4:

Stitch. I like to use my piecing stitch on my Bernina (#326 on my Artista 640E) to piece instead of the default straight stitch. The stitch length for the piecing stitch I use is 2. If you don’t have a patchwork piecing stitch already set for you on your machine. You can easily reduce the stitch length on your regular straight stitch slightly shorter than the default stitching length.

Open up the strip, finger press and press with a hot iron.

Step 5:

Add the other 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strip to the other short side.

Add the 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strips to the remaining sides of the quilt center. Finger and iron press after adding each strip.

That was pretty fun, wasn’t it?Β  Please remember to share your pictures with the wonderful people at RJR on Facebook and Flickr.

Now, how about a ladybug fact?

“During the Middle Ages, swarms of pests were destroying crops, so farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, for help. Soon after, ladybugs came and ate the bad pests and saved the crops. The farmers called these bugs, “Beetles of Our Lady” and they eventually became known as “ladybugs”.” – from

That’s it for now, my friends!Β  Have a lovely weekend.

9 thoughts on “Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 2

  1. Thanks for sharing that.

    I have never tried pinning like that before? Guess I’ll give it a try because I’m not too fond of the way I pin sometimes.


  2. Wendy, you inspire me! I love these close-up shots, the attention you pay to every minute detail, and the generosity of your spirit that calls you to share with others the methods that bring you the most success. And I also love it that the PIN HEADS are color-coordinated with the fabrics in this quilt — did you do that on purpose?! :-)

    I was in Mastery Class for my version 6 embroidery software on Thursday and another student asked about the best batting for machine quilting — I told everyone about the tutorials and “Thread Talk” on your blog. I’m sending warm fuzzies and sewing friends your way!

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