Sunday, September 10, 2017

7 Day Mystery Sew Along- Day 7

Awww, its the last day of our Mystery Sew Along. Have you had fun so far? I really hope so, I've enjoyed having you sew along with me. Lets put this project together, shall we?
Firstly though, can I just apologize for some of the photos in this post. It was the darkest, wettest, coldest day when I took these and I swear out of the 200+ pictures I took that day, these were the best I could get. I did consider using diagrams instead but I'm keeping it real; some days, its an absolute nightmare taking pictures for the blog!
Anyhoo, you should have all your zip locks bags ready to go, so lets begin:
We will be constructing rows 1 and 5 in these first steps; both rows are identical but Row 5 is orientated as a mirror image in the final layout.
Step 1: To make Row 1, arrange 2 blocks from Day 4, 2 x white 5 1/2" squares from Day 6 and one block from Day 5, in the order shown in the photo above.
Step 2: Sew the blocks and white squares together to form one long row, pressing seams to the left of the row
Step 3: Repeat steps 1-2 for Row 5.
Next we will be constructing rows 2 and 4; both rows are identical but Row 4 is orientated as a mirror image in the final layout.
Step 4: To make Row 2, arrange 2 x 5 1/2" white squares from Day 6, 2 blocks from Day 3 and one block from Day 2, in the order shown in the photo above.
Step 5: Sew the blocks and white squares together to form one long row, pressing seams to the right of the row.
Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 for Row 4.
Step 7- Using the above photo for correct orientation and carefully matching all seams, sew together rows 1 and 2, along the long sides, pressing seams open.
Step 8- Using the above photo for correct orientation and carefully matching all seams, sew together rows 4 and 5, along the long sides, pressing seams open.
We're almost there. Any ideas what it is yet?? Of course you probably figured it out awhile back right? :)
Lastly we are constructing the centre row or Row 3; and this should be the last of your squares.
Step 9: To make Row 3, arrange 2 blocks from Day 5, 2 blocks from Day 2 and the block we made on  Day 6, in the order shown in the photo above.
Step 10: Sew the blocks together to form one long row, pressing seams to the left of the row.
Step 11- Using the above photo for correct orientation and carefully matching all seams, sew row 3 between the two units we made in steps 7 and 8, pressing the seams open, to yield one Snowflake which should measure 25 1/2" square.
And there you have it. Our semi- pixelated and super cute Snowflake. Well done, you made it, you have a quilt top. I'm so proud of you!!! Take a moment to enjoy what you have achieved so far this week. I hope you are happy with what you have sewn. When I think of snowflakes, I think of their soft, simple beauty and their delicate unimposing nature and I hope I have conveyed that in this design.
I designed this project to be used as a tablecloth for your coffee or dining table, during winter or Christmas, but you could also use it as a wall hanging, if you prefer.
We are not quite finished yet though, so here's how I finished my Snowflake tablecloth:
Here's a little recap of your finishing requirements. You will need:

  • 75cm (30') square of backing fabric and wadding
  • Quilting thread
  • 25cm (1/4 yd) bindings fabric

And now you are all set to finish off your Snowflake table cloth. Give your quilt top a good press and away we go :)

Basting and Quilting:

1. Lay the backing fabric, wrong side up on a flat surface and tape into position to secure.
2. Lay the wadding on top, smoothing out any wrinkles and then position the well pressed quilt top, on top, right side up.
3. Pin the three layers together if you are machine quilting or hand baste the three layers together if you are hand quilting.
4. Quilt as desired.
Have fun with the quilting. I did choose my all over FMQ flower design for the quilting because I love all the texture. Consider cross hatching the tablecloth, stippling or any other way you chose. There's no right or wrong way, just quilt it how you want to quilt it.
I chose a navy fabric for my bindings and they really frame the Snowflake. You could also use the blue fabric from your quilt top or any other fabric which suits your home decor. Audition a few options and see which you prefer.

Binding:

1. Trim the excess backing and wadding, level with the quilt top.
2. From your binding fabric cut- 4 x 2 1/4" strips across the fabric width.
3. Sew the strips together, using diagonal seams to form one long strip.
4. Press in half lengthways and starting in the middle of one side of the quilt, sew bindings to the quilt front, raw edges together, mitring the corners as you go and trimming the excess.
5. Turn bindings to the wrong side of the quilt and slipstitch into place to secure.
6. Add a quilt label and enjoy your new table cloth :)
And that's it! Your Snowflake tablecloth is complete! 
Thank you sooooooo much for sewing along with me for the last 7 days! I love my new tablecloth and I hope you do as well. I've really enjoyed putting this project together and I hope its felt like I have been right next to you, cheering you along as you have sewn each step!
Can I please ask one teeny tiny little favour? Could you email me a picture of your finished Snowflake's and I'll put them all together in a future post to share with everyone.
If you have missed any of the installments as we have sewn along together, the links to each day are all together HERE and will remain on my blog indefinitely.
That's it for me :)
Thank you, thank you, thank you ♥

7 comments:

Ali Phillips said...

A lovely lovely project Rose! Well done xAli

chrisknits said...

Adorable! Now I wish I had gone and bought some blue to use! But mine in red will still be cool.

Sue Bulford said...

Hi Rose, wow, love it. Thankyou again, you have done fantastic job. Kind Regards Sue

muis 2 said...

The snowflake is such a lovely surprise....I almost thought we are doing a Burgoyne Surround....until the HST popped up.... We don't get snow, so it will be a -cool- reminder on hot summer days here at the lowest point of Africa! Thank you for a lovely mystery! Take care, Cala.

Teresa said...

This has been so much fun and I love finished snowflake. I am looking forward to using it all winter on my kitchen table...thank you so much for the pattern and your wonderful illustrations/instructions.

Shasta Matova said...

It is so beautiful! I was not expecting a snowflake! Great mystery! I had the blocks turned the wrong way! I did mine in red too, but I think it looks good this way too.

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, I love how mine turned out! This was so fun! Thanks so much for doing this, Rose!!!
Suzanne

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