This is the second part of my tutorial (the first can be found here, supplies and other info here). Now, you've cut your quilt top, let's piece it! This portion of the tutorial should be very straightforward and simple. There are really no variations in the method for the different quilt sizes. So, let's get going, shall we?
At the end of the cutting instructions, I recommended stacking your pieces into piles by column (from left to right). We will be piecing the shapes into columns and then sewing the columns together to form the quilt top. I recommend chain piecing any number of columns that you're comfortable with. For anyone unfamiliar, chain piecing involves sewing similar units of fabric together one after the other without cutting the thread. For example, you would sew the first two units on each column together without clipping threads (needle down). I prefer to chain piece 4 columns at a time - any more than that and I inevitably get mixed up. You can press seams as you go, but I prefer to wait until all of my columns are pieced. As standard in quilting, all seams are 1/4" for piecing.
1) Start with the leftmost column. Take the top row piece and align it with the next piece in the column as shown below. The shapes should be easy to align since you have clipped 1/4" off the pointy ends. Stitch along the angled edge.
Repeat for the next column, but notice that the direction of the shapes is opposite.
When you're finished, your pieces should look like this.
Now, continue chain piecing with the next piece in each column. The pieces for the first column should align as shown below.
And, the second column should align in the opposite direction.
Repeat for all pieces in your column and all columns. Then, press all of your seams open. Check that all of your adjacent columns match up and directional pairs look good. Also, this is your last easy opportunity to rearrange columns if you'd like. : )
2) Once all of your columns are pressed and ready, I recommend trimming to make sure you have nice, even finished edges. If you are sewing a larger twin size quilt, you will have a pretty long column and this can be a challenge. For those cases, I recommend folding the column in half lengthwise to trim. If you are wondering what my fancy shmancy quilting tool is in the picture below, it's a metal framing square ruler I got from Home Depot (something like this). It is one of those random, invaluable tools that I use all.the.time...especially for cutting long pieces of fabric. Anyway, trim your columns, and let's move along.
Once trimmed, I like to sew the adjacent columns into pairs and them sew those pairs together to form the quilt top. Align two adjacent columns as shown.
Place the right column on top of the left column and pin the two together along the right edge. Piecing accurately is definitely not my forte, but I pin at each seam (making sure the seams are aligned) and in between. Stitch the two columns together along the right edge.
Repeat for all columns and press your seams open.
You're done!! Yay!!! Sit back and smile at your quilt top for a while. Mine is still hanging on my wall since I took this photo. As I said, I plan to tie this quilt instead of machine quilting. Next week I'll pop in with a quick post to share some of my favorite quilting and binding tutorials available online. I taught myself how to quilt using these wonderful resources, so I thought I'd pass them along to any new quilters following along here. Happy Weekending everyone!