Tuesday, August 7, 2012

First two rows of Hot for Chocolate part 1

 Here is the first row of the Hot for Chocolate quilt.

I love it! 

Remember I have to do two tops and each top has 5 rows so this is 10% of assembling the rows.  Plus the sashing on the top and sides does not have cornerstones and will be added after all of these are assembled.

How did I assemble this row?
 Let's start the second row.

I attach 3 squares to a strip of the brown.

I can line them up and zip them on pretty fast.

Yes, of course, these are 1/4" seams, we are quilting after all.
 Then I cut them apart.

This is a little hard to see.

The pattern has you cut the strips into 8/5 inch strips but I think it is easier to sew them on and then cut them.

Hey, you can do it either way when you are making your quilt!
 I line up the 3 that now have a brown piece of sashing on them and I sew them in a line.

I add a fourth one that has nothing on the side.

Since this quilt has sashing without cornerstones, those ends will be added like a border.

Once all four are joined, I flip them over and iron the seams into the sashing. 
See, it is laying there waiting for the row with the cornerstones.

To make that row, I do cut 8.5 inch pieces of the sashing.

OK, that's all for today.

We will continue tomorrow.  But don't worry, there is a happy ending to this story!

I was away in NYC and my return flight was canceled so I spent an extra night and dropped some money on a hotel room just to sleep nearby and return for a 6:30 am flight.  Grr, I could have spent that money on fabric.  Flying just isn't as much fun as it used to be!  I spent all of yesterday just drooling and recovering so this top might not get put together as quickly as you might expect!  I was pooped and a bit stressed out.  I am glad to be home and thinking about quilting but before that, I did have a great time!

Sew happy!

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