Welcome back to the Berry Cross Quilt Along! Looks like fun but you’ve just tuned in? Click the Berry Cross QAL tab above for the complete low-down.
Hugs all around for completing those blocks! It’s been a lot of fun looking at everyone’s color combinations.
Now that we’ve got our blocks sewn, it’s time to sew them together. There are three possible colorways, but the arrangement is simple—just alternate your blocks.
I use my design wall whenever I lay out a quilt. In my book, I show you how to build one. If you don’t own my book, it makes a terrific Christmas present <grin> or you can check the internet for a good tutorial on building your own design wall.
After laying out my blocks, I sew the rows together pressing the seams between blocks in the same direction. I reverse this direction for Row 2, then again for Row 3, and so on. This helps in assembling the rows.
Fons and Porter sell directional pins that are helpful in keeping track of which way you need to press.
After you sew up each row, sew the rows together. I typically press my row seams down, but sometimes I press them open. Because you pressed the seams in each row in different directions, they should nest up nicely as you sew the rows together.
Here’s my Christmas quilt top all done! Woot! Your quilt top will soon be done too, I know it! Party time!
Speaking of party, let's talk last week's giveaway. As usual, I assigned a random number to everyone who posted a new photo last week (I didn't count my photos). Using Random.org, I identified a winner.
Congratulations Kimberly I've sent you an email with the digital gift certificate to Always in Stitches attached. You can print it out and use it in the store, or use it online without printing!
Even if you didn't win, I still encourage you to visit Always in Stitches either online or in-store. They are an amazing store and the staff is so wonderful. If you have last minute gifts to get, you'll find it here. I guarantee it! I'm so grateful for their sponsorship of our quilt along! Aren't they great?