This is part of an ongoing series of posts for The Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along I'm hosting here on my blog. You can join in at any time! You will find the links to all steps in my top bar. Also please feel free to join the Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along Flickr Group.
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Ready? It's Assembly time!
It's time to cut the sashing and sew this top together! Some of you clever duckies out there have already done that and I'm ADORING the quilt tops that are finished. Please go check out the flickr group to see the tops and quilts that are finished. Can we say AWESOME?!
Anyway, for the rest of us, it's time to cut up some more fabric. There are two colors in my sashing as it looks in the image above. So I will give you the dimensions for cutting those.
The sashing finishes at 3" wide, so we will be cutting all our pieces 3 1/2" wide to account for seam allowances.
• Cut (31) 3 1/2" x 18.5" Blue Strips of Fabric
• Cut (20) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Black Squares of Fabric
And now is a good time to square up those character blocks to 18 1/2" unfinished. It's going to be pretty common to have some variation in the block sizes. Maybe all of your blocks ended up at 19". That's totally fine. Basically you just need all of your blocks to be the same size. Adjust the measurements I am giving you to account for any differences but nothing is dependent on a certain block size now.
To assemble the quilt top, we will be using a sashing with corner stones. I love to use corner stones when doing a sashing on a sampler quilt like this because it really helps keep the quilt squared up. You can skip the corner stones if you want and just do long strips of sashing if you prefer though.
To create the sashing rows, sew (4) corner stones to (3) blue strips of fabric as shown. You will need to make (5) rows like this.
To create the character rows, sew (4) vertical blue strips to (3) character blocks as shown below. Use the layout shown in my overall quilt pattern or create one of your own.
Assemble the full quilt top by sewing each sashing row to a character row, following my layout. Be sure to use pins to help you match up the corner stones with the vertical sashing strips. The quilt grows very quickly at this point, so pins help keep everything in place as the weight of the fabric starts to pull on the quilt.
Your final quilt top "should" measure somewhere around 66" x 87". A perfect twin sized quilt! Select the batting of your choice...either a couple of yards of batting on a roll or a prepackaged twin or full size batting.
Create the backing of your choice. There are some fabulously creative ones out there and I had high hopes of being one of those. But at this point, I just need to get the quilt finished. So I'll be going the quick route...with one fabric. I'm going to use (4) yards of fabric cut into (2) yard lengths. Sew the lengths together to create a 72" x 90"ish backing.
And then quilt. (so easy to write, but this one is going to take some thought. Suggestions anyone?)
Then bind...I estimate about 3/4 yard needed for a binding. I plan on going with a print for this. After all of those solids, I think a little print around the edge will be fun!
I can't wait to see even more finished quilts. Join me in my goal to get this finished by Christmas. Or start now and get a couple of pillows done! This is a proven design winner among particularly the boys or boys at heart in our lives.
Be sure to add your creations to the flickr group so we can all see how we are doing!