Island Chain - 7 - Assembly May 23 2020

This session you will be assembling the center of the quilt top.

You will need:

              - 36 -  9½” blocks

              - 25 - 3½” nine-patch blocks

              - 60 - 9½” x 3½” background fabric rectangles

              - fabric marking pen

Use the diagram on page 5 as a reference.

  1. On a large surface, arrange the 9½” blocks in a pleasing manner.
  2. Using a fabric marking pen or pins and bits of paper, label it’s position on each block. For example, the top left block is 1A (row #1 and column A), the next block to the right is 1B (row #1 and column B). Continue with the last block on the bottom right as 6F.
  3. Sew a 9½” x 3½” background fabric rectangle to all blocks in columns A to E.
  4. Press the seam allowance to the rectangle.
  5. Join the 6 blocks in row #1.
  6. Press seam allowances to the rectangles.
  7. Repeat steps #5 and #6 for rows #2 through #6. Set aside.
  8. Sew a 9½” x 3½” background fabric rectangle to 25 nine-patch blocks.
  9. Press seam allowances to the rectangles.
  10. Join 5 units made in step #8 together.
  11. Add one more rectangle to the end.
  12. Press towards the rectangles.
  13. Repeat steps #10 to #12 to make 4 more long sash units.
  14. As shown in the diagram, join the 6 rows and 5 long sash units.
  15. Press seam allowances open.