The Free Motion Mastery in a Month with RaNae Merrill continues! This week, I was busy assembling my quilted Russian Doll blocks and green sashing units together using 1" and 1.75" strips of solid yellow fabric. This is a very new technique for me, and while I understood the theory of the assembly process, there were still a few details that were a bit fuzzy for me. Luckily several of the women in my small quilt group were very familiar with this technique and able to provide some reassurance, advice, tips & tricks to help me overcome some of my initial trepidation. There was a bit of a learning curve as I tackled the first row of blocks and sashing units. But once that row was complete, I had figured out the process and was able to chain piece the remaining rows for increased efficiency. By the next day, all my rows were assembled and it was time to attach them to one another. Lots of pins were used, abused and ultimately had to be discarded as the bulky layers caused some strain and warping. However, the pinning was very much necessary in order to align all the yellow strips.
|Blocks & Sashing Strips Assembled|
|Details of Quilted Textures|
The beauty of this technique is that you end up with a reversible quilt! So should you get sick of the precious red Russian Dolls, you can simply flip it over and get a very different colorway!
|Brainstorming Border Quilting Designs|