Making quilt blocks is as enjoyable as it is fulfilling. Just imagine making all those pieces with your own creativity. Once done, the only thing left for you to do is to put together all the masterpieces in front of you. It is more fulfilling to know that the remaining steps in finishing your quilt are actually very easy. It would sure make you even more excited as you get closer to finishing your quilt. When you are trying to put together quilt pieces, you have two options. First, you may saw the pieces directly. As a second option, you may sew the pieces together using sashing strips between the quilt pieces.
- Do a layout. The best way to be organized and not get confused with your quilt pieces is to lay them out carefully in the order you would want them to be put together. You may lay them out on the floor if you like.
- Sew. Once you have done the layout, you may start sewing the quilt pieces by row. It is best to start with the bottom row, particularly the left-most piece. Get the piece that is directly beside this piece. Flip and hover it above the first piece. With this, you will see that the parts that need to be connected are on the right side. Make sure that the edges are aligned before sewing.
- Press. After sewing the whole right side of the two pieces, make sure that you press on the seam to this side. Once done, you may flip the blocks back to their original positions.
- Sew the succeeding rows. Repeat the sewing procedure until every piece in the row is sewn together and are pressed. You can begin sewing the succeeding row also starting with left-most quilt block.
- Put the rows together. When all your quilt blocks are already sewn together in rows, then it's time for you to put together all these rows. Start with the two rows at the bottom. Flip the upper row until the two front sides of the quilt pieces face one another. Put pins on the seams to secure the positions of the quilt pieces while you are sewing. Start sewing the rows together and then press on the seam after sewing.
- Press the quilt. Once all the rows are sewn, press the whole quilt for finishing touches. If you want it done differently, you can assemble your quilt blocks by using sashing strips.
- Know your width. After laying out your quilt blocks in their proper orders, you must identify a particular width. Please take note that you would have to add allowance. If you want a 3-inch sash, you must cut 3.5 inches of sashes.
- Cut into sashes. Using a rotary cutter, you can now cut along the fabric to come up with your sashes. Some of them may be too short so you may have to connect and sew two sashes to come up with the length needed to cover your quilt blocks.
- Begin sewing. It would be easy for you to start sewing horizontally. Remember that you must have enough sashes to cover for every edge of your quilt pieces. Each column and row must have a sash in between each of them. Also all the edges must have their own sashes to serve as the outline or border. Start sewing a sash to the first block's left edge in your chosen row. It would be better if you start with the top or the bottom. Sew using an allowance of .25 inches in the seam. Match the right sides of both pieces and then match the edges after. You can no go on with stitching the seam. Once done, you can begin pressing on the seam. After, begin sewing a sash on the opposite end of your block. Use the same procedure and press. Move on to the next piece and sew it on the other end of the sash with their right sides matched together. Press. Continue adding quilt blocks and sashing pieces in the same manner to complete this row.
- Repeat the procedure on the other side. Sew a sash on the quilt piece on the opposite side of the block that you have just finished. Repeat the same procedure with this piece. Once done, start sewing the other block on the other end of the sash with the two right sides put together. Make sure that you press it after. Just keep on repeating this procedure using the other sashes unto the remaining quilt blocks. Just sew them in the same way the first pieces were done until you complete the row. Repeat with the other rows.
- Sew the horizontal rows together. Now, instead of quilt blocks, you have pieces of quilt rows. Lay them out in their proper order. Measure the length of the sashing pieces needed to put together the horizontal rows you have sewn together. Position a sash in between two horizontal rows with their right sides put together. Match their edges and start sewing. Do not forget to press. Repeat procedure until your remaining sashing strips have been sewn. Do not forget to press.
- Press the quilt. You finally have made a full quilt. Do the finishing touches and press.
Congratulations! Your quilt is done. At this point, you probably feel the fulfillment of doing something customized all by yourself. Enjoy your work and make sure that you take very good care of it. It's your own masterpiece, after all.