Thursday, March 7, 2019

Sew Your Stash Along Step 7

70 1/2'' x 70 1/2''

This step is not scary I promise! I'm making these blocks using the curved piecing method because that is what goes most quickly and easily for me. Please feel free to applique these using needle turn or fusible. If that still scares you (and no one is judging!) simply make this a border of pretty fabric or just a large sashing. The idea is to use up fabric though, so maybe take a peek in your stash and see what jumps out at you!

Making the blocks:
 Make 52.
Templates included in the download at the end of the post.


Fusible Option: If you would prefer to fuse or machine applique these blocks. Simply cut background squares 5 1/2" and remove the seam allowance from the curved piece. Make templates from freezer paper for the curved piece and press them onto the fabric for perfect cutting. A small zig zag or blanket stitch may be used for machine applique.

Hand Applique Option: If you prefer to hand applique the blocks. Cut the background squares at 6" and cut the curved pieces as shown. Hand applique the curved pieces and trim the background square to 5 1/2" when finished. 


Adding the blocks to the Quilt:

  1. Arrange the blocks as shown in the diagram above.
  2. Sew two rows of 12 blocks and sew them to the top and bottom sides of the quilt.
  3. Press toward the previous row.
  4. Sew two rows of 14 blocks and sew them to the left and right sides of the quilt.
  5. Press toward the previous row.
  6. The quilt will now be 70 1/2'' x 70 1/2''.
Looking ahead to some options:

The original quilt plan looks like this:

I am considering modifying my quilt to this King Size version:

Just like you, I am sewing along month by month. I am sewing 'in real time' so to speak. I haven't made my final decisions yet. I will be giving the instructions for the original plan for sure. I would never abandon you now! But I may be adding some extra rows to my quilt so that it will fit my bed. I'm still undecided about this. I'll probably just wait and see how I feel when the time comes. LOL

Like I've admitted many times in the past... ALL of my quilts are MYSTERY QUILTS because I never know how they are going to turn out. It keeps life exciting! 

If you missed a step or would like to join us now, the previous steps are found here:

Step 5
Step 6
Step 7 
Step 7 templates

As we progress toward the final steps of our sew along, I realized that each step 'because of the size' gets more time consuming. I cannot tell you how gratifying it is to see each of you working so hard on these amazing quilts! Each and every quilt I've seen has been so special and so unique. I'm honored to be a part of this process. Each and every photo you send me makes me so happy! Thank you for sewing along with me. 

Enjoy every stitch!


  1. Hello Diane... what a great way this is to use stash or scraps to make a fab quilt. As I have only just discovered your blog and this project, is it acceptable for me to save the steps, so I can make the quilt at a later time? I have a lot of WIPs at the moment that I'm working on completing & don't want to add to the clutter in my workroom! Thank you


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