Happy Bikini Day! It also happens to be really sunny outside and almost Friday, so it’s a good day!
Today is the last check in for the Bikini Quilt Along, do you have all of your blocks sewn up? During the next two weeks we should be sewing the blocks together to make the finished top. I am so excited! Just wanted to give you a bit of a peek at mine so far, here are some blocks laid out…
I decided on this layout, turning every other block so that the patchwork squares alternate with solid blue fabrics. Some of the pod fabrics are peachy/orange and some are blue prints that coordinate with the solids. Figured I might as well try something fun and different for my second quilt. You can make one like this from the original pattern by making all of your block “border blocks”, that is, half patchwork and half solid.
As you begin to sew your blocks together into rows, remember to press the seams between the blocks either open or alternating the direction from row to row like this (forgive the very simple graphic):
- keep it really simple and just skip the patchwork border. Use a large scale print fabric or something that coordinates with the rest of your quilt. Cut a 10 1/2″ square from the chosen fabric, then cut it out with the template the same as you would if you did the patchwork pieces.
- if your blocks are coming out 10″ instead of 10 1/2″: cut the squares for the edge blocks 2 7/8″ instead of 3″. When pieced together, the unit will be 10″ rather than 10 1/2″. Then cut the curve with the template as shown in the pattern instructions.
- if your blocks are coming out 11″ instead of 10 1/2″: cut the squares 3 1/8″ instead of 3″, then proceed as usual with the pattern.