Putting it all togetherWell, If you have been following along, month by month, with me, then you know our patterns have some issues. I was hoping that the final assembly would just go together smoothly, and for the most part it did.
Like any other sampler quilt, there are always adjustments to be made, and this quilt is no exception. I would like to give you just a fool proof set of instructions for assembling the blocks in this quilt, but I believe whatever cutting dimensions I supply would work for some of you, but not for everyone. I think you have to be open to adding in a little more sashing, or cutting some sashing pieces a little narrower, to make things fit properly.
My approach was to lay out all my blocks in their approximate locations. The quilt is assembled in 4 rows, and your goal is to make each of those 4 rows the same width, so everything fits properly.
The row of piano keys goes above the middle row of blocks. This is an easy row to size. Simply measure the target width of the middle row and sew together that many piano keys. They are each
1 1/2" by 5 1/2" so each key will finish at 1" wide. For my quilt I used exactly what the pattern says, 39 keys.
With the bottom 3 rows assembled, all we have to do is adjust the width of the 2 black sashing strips in the top row so it finishes at the same width. For me, I had to cut these sashing strips at 2" x 12 1/2" rather than 2 1/2" wide as the pattern stated. but with this simple change, the top row fit perfectly.
I will be custom quilting this top, as i think it will enhance the quilt a great deal. Unfortunately, I have a fairly long queue of tops to quilt, so I won't be getting to this one for a while. I have selected a print fabric for the backing as I think it will be a little softer than the yarn dyes used in the top. My binding is already cut out and prepared from the same fabric as the outer border.
Thank you for following along as I constructed the Twilight Garden Quilt. I hope you are as pleased with your version as I am with mine.