Panel Magic II - 5 - Assembly July 28 2020
Assembly time! (Pattern steps #26 to #30)
Take a look at the panel blocks and decide where on the quilt top you would like them best. Sheltering Snowman - Should the snowmen always be facing out or in?
Rustic Charm - The moose and bear are both dark, perhaps they should be far away from each other on the quilt.
Holiday Wishes - Three blocks have words, do they need to be separated by those blocks that don’t?
Let’s number the panel blocks for ease of explanation. 1,2 and 3 are the top row and 4, 5 and 6 are the bottom row.
Sew a snowflake unit to the top of panel blocks 1, 3 and 5.
Sew a snowflake unit to the bottom of panel blocks 2, 4 and 6.
Now join units 1,2 and 3 to make one section.
Repeat with 4, 5 and 6 to make another section.
Woo hoo, this quilt top is starting to take shape!
If you have kept your seam allowances accurate, the measurement horizontally across each of these sections will be very close to 51½”. If you are off by more than ½”, then measure across the top edge and bottom edge of both sections. Find the average (Grade 5 math! Add the 4 numbers and divide by 4!) This will be your number rather than 51½”.
Time to make three horizontal sashes.
Trim the selvages from the 4 - 3½” x width of fabric B strips. Cut 3 of the strips in half and the fourth strip into thirds. Sew the half strip to each end of a shorter strip. Press the seam allowances open.
Place a pin at the center point of the strip and trim 25¾” out each side of the pin.
You may wonder why we are so particular about having the sashes equally cut. When sewing them on to the sections it will sometimes be necessary to ease in or slightly stretch the sections to fit the sash exactly. This will ensure the quilt top stays square. No one likes a wonky quilt!
Pin, pin and pin, then sew a sash to the top of each section. Press towards the sash.
Sew another sash to the bottom of the lower section. Now join the sections.