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1 trick to match up diamond shaped block points perfectly

 

Yesterday, I talk to you about sewing the pieces to make the rows, using the Heirloom thread cutter and a GO Iron mini travel iron to make the job easier.

Today I’ll finish assembling the Valentine quilt, square it off and prepare it for quilting. Here’s how it looks now:

 

All the fabrics heve been sewn to form diaganal rows.
Individual rows sewn, ready to be sewed together.

 

Now that the rows are done they need to be sewn to one another with seams matching using a straight seam. When you’re trying to match the seams, I have a little trick for you. Due to the angle of the diamond shape, if you offset the top dog ear by ⅛” to the left, your points will be beautiful!

 

Two rows ar place together. the points on the rows must off set by ⅛”,
Placing the rows together, place top dog ears ⅛” to the left.

 

Once all rows are sewn together and all seams are pressed it’s time to trim the outer edge of the quilt. Ensure that you cut ¼” above the point as shown below:

 

A ruler is placed on the wall hanging ¼” above the points in order to to cut off excess fabrics of the sides.
Getting ready to trim the points.

 

Once the edge has been trimmed, it’s time to baste and quilt. I believe that not all quilts need to be densely quilted, so I decided to keep the quilting on this piece very simple as you’ll see below on the back of the quilt.

 

Back of wall hanging showing the quilt's simple quilting. A dark thread was used in a tan colored backing to better show the quilting on the back.
Back of wall hanging showing the quilt’s simple quilting

 

Almost there! The last thing to be done is to attach the binding. As I don’t like a lot of binding showing on the back of the quilt I cut 2″ strips for my binding. I sew my bindings ¼” from the edge.

 

Binding is on the quilt top. It is being sewed by machine with the seam at ¼” form the edge.
Sewing binding on the wall hanging.

 

Tomorrow we’ll sew the binding to the back of the quilt. I’ll also show you more quilting tools including a little hidden secret within the Heirloom thread cutter.

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2:  Use diamond shaped blocks for your Valentine’s Day quilt

Go to part 4: Clever Clips and Wrist Cushion make quick and light work of binding a quilt

I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging!

3 Comments

  1. Nice top and good tip for offsetting the dog ears.

  2. Tina Jeo

    Very helpful hints. I hope to come back and read more posts.

    • please do come back. so many tricks are being shared in all the posts.

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