Saturday, September 18, 2021

Quilt Shot 137 ~ Sunbonnet Sam


Sunbonnet Sam
Pieces cut by Mrs. Carter
My cousin's other grandmother
Quilt made by Yours Truly, Joy B 

Machine Applique Technique

I was handed a box of these cute cut outs. Some would call this Overall Sam.
In the box there were also some Sunbonnet Sue cutouts, so I called him 
Sunbonnet Sam.

I cut the white blocks from one of my Dad's sheets.
Very soft feeling.
I machine blanket stitched the underlying pieces first.


Quilt as You Go Technique

Different marking tools were used,
but were either hard to remove or
in the case of heat sensitive pins the black and red both,
left a light red mark.
So pressing was the answer.
To equally mark,
the square was folded as shown

Then backing was cut at plus 1 inch larger all around.
Batting was cut same size as block.

As you can see the lines went across,
and no matching was of concern.

Sashing Technique

Trim backing to 1 inch all around

Place blocks' backing sides together. 
Pin along seam  
making sure edge of block meets on both sides.
This is why cutting an accurate 1 inch seam is necessary.
Stitch seam along edge of block.

Fold under edge of each seam side to the seam.
Now your seam is about 1 inch wide or less.

Cut 2½ inch strips.
Press to center.
Folding in half first 
might help to know where center is if you are a beginner.
Lay strip over seam as shown.

Pin edges away from needle as you sew.
Here, the machine will go down the right side,
then turn around and down the other side.
An Edge Stitch foot is used on the machine.
It has a blade in center,
but center is opened for free range use of needle.

The needle is set to the left at 2.0.
Then the blade on the foot rides along the folded edge of the strip.
Make sure the strip totally covers the folded seam.

The Edge Stitch foot does provide a beautiful stitch that is easy to do.
My Note: I didn't feel this method was easier that making a quilt top then quilting.
It was a bit fussy and seemed to take more time.
Maybe because it was my first time to do this method?



Looking for bright solids to cut into 2½ inch strips.
Sewed together in random order.
Trimmed edges straight and right angle corners.

After binding is pressed in half,
it is fan folded, not rolled,
and placed in the drawer to the right,
because the quilt is on the left.
There are many tutorials that show how the binding can be finished.
Made in July-August, 2021




1 comment:

  1. You have answered a curiosity I've had about quilt-as-you-go projects. I've wondered how the blocks were actually put together into the quilt top so thank you for clearing that up!


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