Quilting blocks are basic elements of the quilt or pieces of clothing. Previously, we have described the methods of fast block elements cutting and sewing. Now, once we’ve already made quilting blocks, they need to be combined into a whole. Next, we’ll discuss how to go about connecting blocks for this type of needlework.
Basic Rules of Quilting Blocks
Before starting to quilt blocks, all the seams should be ironed. Do it towards the darker flaps.
The closing seams of quilting blocks have to be straight, parallel, and perpendicular, when the blocks in the pattern are square.
The edges that form the seams of blocks must be even. To create this, it is important to fix a point of connecting seams perpendicular with the help of a pin. Also, in order to avoid movements, you need to fix two flap blocks along the seam with pins.
When quilting blocks, the sewing machine should be running slow and steady to avoid any stretching of the fabric.
How You Can Connect Quilting Blocks in Rows
even out all blocks in the corners and pin them together, as described above. Before sewing the block on the sewing machine, make sure that all the connections are even and accurate. After the stitches are made, all the seams should be checked for parallelism and symmetry once again. If you notice any defects or any curves in the stitch, unseam this place and sew again. All seams are smoothed in different directions in turn.
How You Can Connect the Rows of Blocks
Take two rows of sown blocks and fix them perpendicular with pins, in the location where the seams of quilting blocks meet. Oversee all the connection points between the blocks. Stitch the rows once again carefully and check the evenness of all the seam connections between the blocks. If you notice any defect, you need to unseam and re-stitch the seams.
Insets from the Flaps
If the blocks are arranged radially, the space should be filled up by the insets of flaps or other shaped blocks. To do this smoothly and accurately, you must first even out the inset from the front side to the edge of the first block. Then, stitch. Without removing the needle from the connecting location, raise the foot. Fix the other end of the flap with a second unit with a pin. Lower the foot and keep stitching.
The Insets of Bindings
Bindings are long strips that divide the quilt pieces. Usually, horizontal strips of fabric, or bindings, are sewn onto the rows of blocks. When the rows and bindings are connected, sew on the inner vertical bindings. The last goal is to add the upper and lower strips of cloth.
How You Can Sew On edging
edging is a quilt frame. When all the quilting blocks are connected together in the main pattern, it is important to edge the pattern border for a more effective look. The edging can be done in two ways.
The first type of edging is done by means of vertical and horizontal stripe and edge insertion. The edges are equal to the width of the edging. These edges are sewed into the quilt corners in order to connect the vertical and horizontal stripes on the edging. The edges are sewn on the edging before it is sewn onto the main pattern.
The second type of edging indicates that the vertical and horizontal stripes of edging are connected at an angle of 45 degrees. The edging strips are cut out on the safe side of about 10”. First, identify the center of the horizontal edging at the bottom (the place that you will be sewing onto the main pattern) and the center of the main pattern, to which the edging will be sewn on.
Do not forget about the seam allowance. Combine these points and fix them with pins. Then, even out and fix the entire edging along its full side length. Make a seam, but make sure not to reach the edge for an allowance of distance. Likewise, sew on the vertical part of the edging. Make the connection seam at an angle of 45 degrees at the point of horizontal and vertical edging meeting point. Perform the same for the rest of the edging parts. Seams in the corners should be cut and well-ironed.
Now you know how to connect quilting blocks together to form the whole.