Constructing The Top
I can’t believe we’re at the end! The final tutorial…time flies, doesn’t it?!
Now I know that many of you have already worked out your own strategy for piecing everything together, which is great! But for people who need a bit more direction, I hope that the following diagrams help. Essentially, the top is broken down into a small number of large sections which can each in turn be broken down into smaller parts that are easy to put together.
For a throw/twin quilt, there are six (6) sections, and for a full/queen quilt there are two (2) more sections for a total of eight (8). (What? You don’t remember there being a full/queen option?! Well, someone wrote to me asking if I would mind working out a slightly larger version, and I was happy to oblige. I’ll be adding the necessary details to the post about the blank diagrams as soon as I’m done here.) In the following diagrams I am including the extra two sections (the pink and purple on the left side), but if you are making the smaller size then just ignore those. Everything else is the same.
To begin, arrange your completed stars according to the groupings shown below, and start joining them together.
Once you’ve sewn together the individual sections (the stars within the dashed boxes in the above image), you can begin to join them together. First, join the sections in pairs:
Then join the paired sections together into the completed design:
At this point, your finished top will be 60″ x 84″ if you are making the smaller size, and 80″ x 84″ if you are making the larger size. If you’d like to increase the size of your completed quilt (68″ x 92″ for the small, 88″ x 92″ for the large) by adding borders, then start with the strips for the top and bottom. For the small they are 4-1/2″ x 60-1/2″, and for the large they are 4-1/2″ x 80-1/2″.
Then add the strips to the side. In both cases they are 4-1/2″ x 92-1/2″.
Tada!! A completed top! (At least in theory…I have a few more 4″ stars to make before I get there myself…)
I think that this should be enough information, but if you have any questions then head over to the Flickr group and ask them in the discussion thread I’ve started here. I’ll be stopping by shortly myself, since I have lots of catching up to do. I’m sure there have been lots of lovely new stars posted while I’ve been away! I’m still catching up on all my email, too, but I’ll try to answer the questions that have come in by the end of the day.
And I’d love it if everyone would join me back here for a little linky party at the end of the month (March 31st) to share their images of their finished quilts. Sound good?