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Now, it’s time to join the 3 blocks in row one of your quilt map!
- Arrange the blocks for your row one, with right sides up, in order from left to right.
- Take Block #1 and lay it on top of Block #2 with right sides together.
- Align the top and bottom edges of the t-shirt blocks. Also align the raw edge of sashing for Block #1 and the raw edge of t-shirt Block #2.
- Pin the sashing in place.
- Use the 1/4″ presser foot or same seam allowance you used earlier to stitch the pinned seam. (Note: We are always stitching with the sashing on top and the t-shirt on bottom, so that the t-shirt’s fusible interfacing is touching the feed dogs.)
- Now it’s time to sew Block #2 to Block #3!
- Make sure the top and bottom edges of the t-shirt blocks are aligned and that the sashing of Block #2 is aligned with the left edge of Block #3.
- Pin sashing in place and stitch the seam.
- Press all seams towards sashing.
- If you have sashing extending past your t-shirt row’s top/bottom edges, just leave it for now.
- Repeat all of the above steps to assemble the blocks for rows two, three, and four.
All right! Now we’re cookin’ with GAS! Wha’?
Anyway, now it’s time to attach the horizontal sashing strips to Rows 1,2,&3 of your quilt.
How to Sew Horizontal Sashing:
(Note: We are NOT attaching the outer framing strips at this time so, follow along closely!)
- Lay a long sashing strip along the bottom edge of Quilt Row #1.
- Lay this sashing strip with right sides together onto the bottom edge of Quilt Row #1 so that the raw edges are aligned.
- At this point, you’ll be able to see if your shirts are in an even row. Sometimes, no matter how carefully you assemble the rows, one shirt may end up a little out of sync. (Like mine!)
- To make up for this “shirt shift”, I’m switching to using a 1/2″ seam allowance for ALL of my horizontal sashing. This is so I can make sure I catch the bottom edge of each t-shirt in my horizontal sashing seams. – The other option would be to seam rip and try again. Ummm, NO THANKS!
- Pin the sashing in place and stitch using a 1/4″ or a 1/2″ seam allowance. (As I mentioned, I switched to a 1/2″ seam, since one of my t-shirt blocks ended up a little un-even.
- Repeat the Horizontal Sashing steps for Rows Two & Three, but NOT Row #4!!!
In the next post, T-Shirt Quilt Part 4, I’ll be showing you how to join Rows 1,2,3, and 4 so that the vertical sashing is nicely aligned.
We’ll also be adding the outer frame/exterior sashing to the sides, top, and bottom edge of your quilt. BAM~!
That’s all for now!
Let’s get sewing!
Jenny Gabriel – alter ego: StitchinJenny