Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sewing Olympics: Day 5

Welcome back for the last day of the Sewing Olympics!
While you're watching the skiing, ice skating, and more, we hope you'll also join in our Sewing Olympics here at Sew in Love with Fabric. These are events that you can participate in, with a chance to win fabric prizes! 
Click here to read all the details.

For our Sewing Olympics, we'll be making 33" square quilt using three different blocks. We'll be sharing the tutorials and showing the finished quilt using two different colorations of Amanda Murphy's Winter Games fabrics. We invite you to play along, either using Winter Games or any Benartex/Kanvas/Contempo fabrics of your choice. Click here to see fabric requirements.

Today's tutorial features quilt version 2

Sewing Event #5:
Finish the quilt top! Today we'll be joining the blocks and adding a border to complete the quilt top. 

1. Lay out the (9) blocks into (3) rows of (3) each, noting orientation of your four-patch blocks. Sew the blocks into rows. Press the seams out in the top and bottom rows and toward the center in the middle row. This will allow your seams to nest when you join the block rows. Sew the block rows together to complete the quilt center. 

2. Cut (2) 3-1/2" x 27-1/2" border strips and (2) 3-1/2" x 33-1/2" border strips. 
3. Pin a shorter border strip to a side of the quilt, with the pieced center facing up so you can make sure the pinwheel points don't get cut off. 

 4. Stitch shorter strips to opposite sides of the quilt and press borders. 

5. In the same way, add the longer borders to the top and bottom. 

Here's the finished quilt top for version #1:

Your Sewing Olympics quilt top is complete! To finish, layer the backing right side down, batting, and quilt top right side up and baste layers together. Quilt as desired and bind using (4) 2-1/4" x WOF strips. Enjoy! 

How to enter: 
To enter our final sewing event, complete your quilt top using Benartex, Kanvas or Contempo fabrics.

Send a photo of your block to socialmedia23 (at) gmail.com with the subject line "Sewing Olympics Day 5". Your sample should use Benartex, Kanvas or Contempo fabrics. Include your full name and mailing address. Contest open through Monday, February 19th at 11:59 pm EST.

Sewing Olympics Rules:
  • For a chance to win a fabric prize, send a photo of your completed unit from the day's event. In each event, we'll post the subject line (Sewing Olympics Day 1, for example), as well as the deadline for entries. 
  • Include your full name and mailing address with your entry; if you win, we'll have your mailing information already. 
  • All photo entries must be made using Benartex, Kanvas or Contempo fabric.
  • We'll randomly draw a winner from each day's entries. Winners from days 1-4 will receive a pack of 5" squares of Benartex fabric. Randomly drawn gold, silver and bronze winners from Day 5 (quilt top assembly) will receive fat quarter bundles. 

Click here to see Amanda's Winter Games fabric collection.
Click here to see the two versions we'll be making during the Sewing Olympics and to find fabric requirements.

Participate in all five days of the Sewing Olympics!
Day 1: Warm-up -- perfect your 1/4" seam

Day 2: The four-patch block
Day 3The pinwheel block
Day 4: The economy block

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