Tuesday, May 2, 2017

In the Making - Tavern Blues Blocks

Non-quilters often ask about how a quilt block is made, so I decided to show the process involved in making one blocks for the Tavern Blues quilt. 
first all the pieces are cut to size and selected for the individual blocks
I like to place the pieces on a 16" square of poster board. The
boards can easily be stacked on top of each other and placed on
the sewing machine cabinet for quick access.
all of the pieces that remain intact are kept on the poster board.
pieces that require sewing are stacked near the machine
squares are selected for each component and positioned
for sewing
sewing lines were previously drawn on the squares for
accurate sewing.
I stitch all the units (one after the other, which is called "chain-stitching")
the chain-stitched units are snipped apart
excess fabric is trimmed a quarter inch from the stitching line. 
the fabric has been pressed
the next pieces are placed on the units and prepared
for stitching.
once more, the units are chain-stitched
seam allowance is trimmed on the newly added pieces.
the units are pressed again
I place the stitched pieces back on the poster board squares and make
sure everything is in the correct position. Now, the pieces can be sewn
together in rows, seams pressed, and the rows sewn together to create
the finished block. 
All of the blocks for Tavern Blues are finished and squared. The next step is to add the sashing between the blocks, add the setting triangles and the borders.


  1. It's fun to see if people use similar or totally different techniques when making blocks. Looks like our process is pretty similar. This is a pretty block.

  2. How nice of you to show the process of creating a block. When I used to quilt, I used a method very similar to yours, except I had never thought about using posterboard. What a great idea! That would've saved me so many headaches. Have a lovely day.
    Blessings, Betsy

  3. Thank you Nancy. The teacher in you is alive and well!!

  4. Oh this is such a good depiction of hte quilt blocking process. You have to be really well organized when you're a quilter. My mom has lots of stuff, but her projects are always well organized. She prefers to have blocks of time to get through things but it's not always her reality so ... she keeps it organized. I think I might be poop at quilting for this reason alone, ha~ Don't tell Mom but I'm pretty sure she knows and is rolling her eyes thinking about it.

  5. It's amazing how much work goes into one square! And you do such precise work!

  6. Lovely! Great example of all the wonderful steps to get a block! Cut and sew and cut and sew......joyful!


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