Welcome back to the quilt along. Today we are going to focus on the Sugar Bloom block assembly. By now, you have gathered your supplies, cut your fabric and are ready to get stitching!
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Sugar Bloom Block Assembly
Supplies needed for lesson 2:
*Before you get started, I want to suggest you start with a freshly wound bobbin. These strips are long and you will most likely use an entire bobbin.
Pair 1 strip of patterned jelly roll with a 1″ solid rectangle right side together. Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance along long edge.
Press seam allowance towards darker color. Repeat the process to complete 24 strips. Chain piecing will help make this task faster. Just take your time, crank up the tunes and settle into sewing.
Once you have finished pressing your pieces, you will notice there are a few left over strips. Don’t worry, we will use them later. For now, let’s start to assemble in groups and you will see things start to take shape.
Join 4 strips together as shown and stitch together with 1/4″ seam allowance. Press as you work. Add final patterned rectangle to the white strip for a complete unit. Repeat to make 4 different color options.
Cut pieces into 4 sections 7 1/2″ wide. Complete 16 units in 4 different color options. These units will be the bottom section of your blocks.
To create the upper section you will need to cut your other strips into 12 1/2″ pieces. Since the strips are only 42″ wide, you will only have enough fabric to cut 3 units and will need to make one additional unit per color story with the leftover pieces mentioned early. Cut patterned strips and remaining 1″ rectangles down to 12 1/2″ and assemble as above.
Arrange units together as shown and join together with 1/4″ seam allowance. Press as you work. Complete 16 blocks. Trim and square block to 12 1/2″.
When stitching together your Sugar Bloom blocks take your time. It is especially important that your 1/4″ seam allowance is regulated. Be sure to check out this article I wrote on accuracy if you are worried.
Be sure to finish up your Sugar Bloom block assembly and get ready because the next time we meet, it’s time for final assembly.
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