BOM 2021: September Instructions

SEPTEMBER INSTRUCTIONS
2021 Seattle MQG Block of the Month Project: Salsa Medallion

Prompt: Assemble your quilt top

It is time to put your blocks together!  With luck, you have a design wall to work with.  If you don’t, consider using a piece of batting or a flannel sheet to create a design space on a wall or clear a space on a floor or table to lay out all of your component pieces.

By now, you may have a firm idea of what you want your medallion to look like or you may still be looking at the few blocks you made after each prompt and be feeling overwhelmed about ever finishing, or somewhere in between.  Don’t worry.  Remember, there is still plenty of time to finish (and there is no rule that says you absolutely must finish by the end of the year). 

Before finalizing your layout, you might want to look again at the Medallion Quilt inspiration board on the Guild Pinterest account, which can be found here.  There are also some great quilts to look at for layout inspiration in the slides from the January Guild meeting (January 2021 Meeting Slides). The June BOM blog post has more specific information about different layouts you can consider, as well as ways to use spacers, cornerstones and coping strips to make everything fit together nicely (June 2021 BOM blog post).

Play with ideas on your design surface. Take photos. Leave an arrangement you like on the wall for a few days and see how it settles (or doesn’t) in your brain. Don’t feel like you have to rush this process.

Once you have decided on a layout, don’t be surprised if the actual construction takes more time than you expect. Getting the borders to the proper size can be fiddly. Take your time. Measure several times before cutting. Don’t forget to account for seam allowances (ask me how I know….).

Your effort level this month will depend on how much you already have completed and what your final design concept looks like.

September Summary

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All your parts are ready, you just need to stitch them together.All your blocks are finished, now you need to figure out spacers and coping strips to make everything fit together.You still want to make more blocks and will then tackle making everything fit together.

Happy sewing! Don’t forget to tag your progress: #seamqgsalsaBOM 

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