2-Cent Tuesday (delayed again!)

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week so far!

First of all, please allow me to welcome all the new followers! Thank you for following me.

I do apologize for the delayed 2-Cent Tuesday (again!) post for this week. I have used most of last week and this week so far to finalize a few upcoming patterns. Getting a commercial pattern ready always involves a lot of time, hours and hours, and more hours! One of these days, I will share a little behind the scenes with you! I do get to work with two very talented ladies who make my pattern look they way they do. I am most grateful to them.

My BEARING GIFTS pattern is ready, and you may purchase the pattern or kit from Keepsake Quilting by clicking HERE.

Now, back to my 2-cents for this week. So, I recently made largest quilt ever, with a finished size of 95″ x 95″. Unfortunately, I will have to wait till June to share the quilt. It is quite an exciting project for me, but more about that in June.

Background to my 2-cents: I have to admit sewing the blocks together in order to make the quilt isn’t my favorite thing to do. I like making the blocks, but sewing them into long rows — not so much! Sometimes I also find that long row units tend to be wonky.

2 cents: So, I came up with this little trick. When I look at a quilt layout, I try to see if there’s a way to do a “divide and conquer” on the quilt top construction. That way, I minimize having to deal with long seams.

Here is what I mean — for an 8 x 8 quilt layout as shown in the picture below, instead of sewing 8 rows of 8 blocks and sewing the 8 rows together (8 long seams!), I divide the layout into quarter sections. I make the sections, and then sew the sections together (1&2, and then 3& 4) — and then sew the halves together. By doing that, I only have to deal with ONE long seam (RED line). See how that works? This trick came in really handy when I was working on that 95″ quilt!

You may ask — what if my quilt layout is a rectangular layout? Then, you will have rectangular sections. Premise remains the same.

And that’s my 2-cents for you this week! Now it’s your turn! Happy Quilting, my Friends — I shall catch up with you again!

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14 thoughts on “2-Cent Tuesday (delayed again!)

  1. I’ve been struggling with the long rows and am anxious to try your method. Thanks Wendy! I wish I would have thought of it years ago.

  2. I always section a large quilt just due to that problem. Long seams wonk and it makes getting things done sooooooooo boring. Sections make for quicker work. I just got the new Keepsake Quilting catalog and saw your kitties – love.

  3. Love, Love, Love this tip my friend. Thanks so much for sharing.
    PS — it was sweet to see you on Saturday with Pat — you two sure made my day!! xo

  4. Great tip, definitely worth more than Two-cents 😂. I shall try this with the twin size quilt that I am presently working on. It’s one of those, “Now why didn’t I think of that?” kinda moments. Thanks, Wendy. ❤️

  5. Great two cent tip. I’ve periodically done this, but somehow thought I was breaking a rule. Now I will definitely do it as often as possible, knowing that if a pro like you does it I certainly can do it too! Thank you!

  6. I machine quilt my quilts on a domestic machine.
    I found that if I piece the quilt in quadrants and quilt them and then attach them I can do a much larger quilt.

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