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Sewing the Mystic Garden quilt top

 

Putting the pieces together

Last night I finished sewing the 24 flying geese units for my Mountain View quilt and I’ve sewn them onto the fabric sections that I cut on Monday. I measured each of these rows and cut the sashing strips accordingly. The quilt will be a bit smaller than the original Mountain View pattern, so I need to cut only 9 WOF (width of fabric) sashing strips instead of 10. I followed the pattern to add the inner border and tomorrow I’ll add the second inner border.

Last night I also made eight more large flying geese units for my Mystic Garden lap quilt (for a total of 16), so today I’m going to start assembling the Mystic Garden lap quilt.

 

Flying geese units sewn together
Flying geese units sewn together

 

Fabric requirements for Mystic Garden lap quilt

Large print #21061-65 – 39″

  • Cut one strip 16½” x WOF and trim to 16½” x 40½”
  • Cut one strip 12½” x WOF and sub-cut into three 12½” squares

Cream #21065-12 – 12″

  • Cut two strips 4⅞” x WOF and sub-cut into 16 – 4⅞”

Purple #21063-85 – 18″

  • Cut one 9¼” square
  • Cut five strips 1½” X WOF and sub-cut into six 1½” x 12½” strips and six 1½” x 14½” strips

Purple #21064-85 – 39″

  • Cut one 9¼” square
  • Cut 11 strips 2½” X WOF for borders
  • Cut 4 rectangles 1½” x 3”

Teal #21065-64 – 24″

  • Cut one 9¼” square
  • Cut five strips 2” x WOF and sub cut into four 2” x 14½” strips and two 2” x 48½” strips

Teal #21063-65 –fat quarter

  • Cut one 9¼” square

Stripe # 21066-12 – 16″ + 16″ for binding

  • Cut three strips 1½” X WOF and three strips 3” X WOF for borders
  • Cut six strips 2½” X WOF for binding

Batting – 60″ x 70″

Backing – Miscellaneous pieces sewn together to make a piece 60″ x 70″

 

Let’s add the flying geese

I’m going to use the 4″ x 8″ flying geese blocks to make borders for the bottom of the #21061 fabric and the right side of this fabric section.

I sewed four units together to make the bottom border and 12 units together to make the side border. When you’re sewing flying geese units together, it’s good practice to position them under the needle so that you can see where your point seams are, and can fudge a little one way or the other so that your seam doesn’t cut off your point.

 

Sewing the flying geese blocks together
Sewing the flying geese blocks together

 

First I sewed the small strip of flying geese to the bottom of the 16½” x 40½” rectangle of the large print fabric and pressed. Next, I sewed the long strip of flying geese to the right side of the fabric rectangle and pressed.

 

Sewing the flying geese onto the fabric rectangle
Sewing the flying geese onto the fabric rectangle

 

To make the second section of the quilt I first sewed two 1½” x 12½” strips of purple fabric to opposite sides of each of the 12½” squares of large print fabric and pressed, then sewed the 1½” x 14½” strips to the remaining sides so that each of the squares was bordered in purple.

 

Adding the purple strips to border each of the 12" squares
Adding the purple strips to border each of the 12″ squares

 

Next, I sewed the 2” x 14½” strips of teal fabric between each of these squares and to the top and bottom of the unit.

 

Adding the teal sashing strips
Adding the teal sashing strips

 

Finally, I sewed the two 2” x 48½”  strips of teal fabric to the two long sides to complete the second section of the lap quilt.

 

Squares of fabric bordered in purple strips and teal sashing
Squares of fabric bordered in purple strips and teal sashing

 

These two units were then sewn together.

 

The two units sewn together
The two units sewn together

 

Adding borders

Now that the center portion of the quilt is sewn together, I measured the length of the quilt and cut two 2½” wide purple borders this exact length. I sewed these to the two sides of the quilt.

Next I measured the width of the quilt and cut two 2½” wide purple borders this exact length. I sewed one to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.

 

Adding the first purple border
Adding the first purple border

 

It’s really coming together!!

Wow – now that the first purple border is on, the lap quilt is really looking great!! Tomorrow we’ll add the final two borders and will talk about using striped fabrics in your quilts. I hope you enjoyed assembling the Mystic Garden lap quilt using Northcott’s Mystic Garden fabrics – see you tomorrow!

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2:  3 ways to make Flying Geese blocks

Go to part 4: Use striped fabrics effectively in your quilt design

I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

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