Sunday, January 2, 2011

Raise a Ruckus Mystery Quilt - put it all together

Ah-ha, onto the "putting it all together"...

So to take stock of what you have now to work with -- you still have the 3 1/2 inch bright squares, you have a stack of 12 1/2 inch light strips that are 3 1/2 inches wide, some plain, some with bright triangles at one end, some with bright triangles at both ends, and the stack of 4 patch in a 4 patch 12 1/2 inch square blocks.  Then depending on if you are adding an outside border that fabric is still uncut -- we will talk about that at the end...

Step One

The first part of putting things together is to make 7 long sections that will then be sewn together to make the top -- now from this point on, those making the full size will need to make 9 long sections where each section is an extra 2 blocks and two sashings in each section -- so keep that in mind because I will only be describing the putting together for the lap size or 12 block quilt now.
You will be sewing two long sections now, at the same time, these are sections 1 and 7.
You will sew, the bright 3 1/2 inch square to the plain 12 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 strips.  This long section will begin and end with the bright 3 1/2 inch squares, so bright square, to plain strip, to bright square so that there is 4 12 1/2 inch strips alternated with a bright strip...
So that it looks like the photo below, hanging off my ironing board.

You should press the bright squares so that the seam allowance is toward the bright fabric. see below.

Now you will be making two more long strips similar to the first two, except you will start with a bright square and end with a light square, then the second and second last piece will be a strip that has the triangles only at one end and so that the point is to the next bright square, not the first one, then you will sew on the bright square, then a double pointed strip, a bright square, a double pointed strip, a bright square, then a strip with only one end with point so that the point is facing toward the centre of the strip and finally a last bright square...
So, now you should have 4 sections that look like the picture just above.
These are actually strip numbers 1, 3, 5, and 7

Step Two

Now you will be sewing the blocks together with the 12" strips to make three long sections.
At this point you need to check how you want the diagonal orientation of your blocks.  For this quilt if you put them up on a design wall, or on the floor, make sure they all go the same way.

Now you will sew a plain 12 1/2" strip on the left side of a 12 1/2 inch block, next will be a one pointed strip that faces down, a 12 1/2 inch block, a one pointed strip, and do this so that you have 4 blocks and the last 12 1/2 inch strip should be a plain one.

Now that you have sewn that section together, make another so that the pointed ends are at the top of your blocks.  If you find it somewhat confusing, I often put a piece of masking tape at what is the top left corner of each block, then I know that every one is orientated the right way -- if for some reason that piece of tape ends up in the wrong corner of the sewn pieces, there is still time to undo one seam and re orientate the block so that it goes the same as all the rest.

When you are pressing the blocks to the "sashing" you should press the fabric so that it lays toward the block -- yes it is easier to do it the other way, but if you do it this way you will find that where they "sashing" joins the bright square on the cross seam they will fit together beautifully without creating a big bump.

The two "block" sections should look like the photo below.

Notice how on row 2 the sashing points are pointing down and on what is row 6 the sashing point are turned up.

The last long section is the very middle row.

You will begin this section with a plain strip, a 12 1/2 inch block, a double pointed sashing strip, a 12 1/2 inch block, a double pointed strip, a 12 1/2 inch block, a double pointed strip, a 12 1/2 inch block,  and at the end a plain sashing strip. So that it looks like the section shown below, which is row 5.

Now you will be sewing these long sections together to create the final piece top.  If you need to mark each row again, use a bit of masking tape in the top left corner so that each strip is properly orientated and
 Here is the top and the end of the main instructions.

Now you have a few options, you can simply layer, quilt and bind the top as it is, or add a fairly wide border of a medium value fabric -- a large print or a themed print would be very nice.  I think my first choices of fabric may have made a nicer/sweeter quilt though, the blues that I have chosen makes this look very much like a recycled jeans project -- which is not really so bad, it makes it quite generic, I think.

I am hoping that if any of my quilt guild members have followed along that perhaps you will bring the project to our group show and tell in January??
Further away readers, I am always happy to see if you have followed along and would very much appreciate comments or an email (click on my Profile page to find how to contact me).  I will try to answer or clarify any questions you may have concerning this project.

Thanks, everyone.
Look forward to a PROJECT towards the end of February or mid March -- SPRING HAS to Come sometime for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere!

edited to add -- oh yeah, the border... I haven't added any sort of border onto my lap size quilt top, but I am thinking that a dark red at about 5" wide might give it that finishing touch, though that addition adds 10 inches to the dimenson of it and that makes it expotensionally (sp?) larger for quilting it on my machine here at home...  maybe a 1 inch framing border with a wide light colour border.... Hmmm... I think I better stop talking about borders.   It is time for tea and to read about my new keyboards and maybe push on a few of the keys?