This is just a peek into how I make a quilt… maybe you will find a tip or two to use in your quilt making!
The fabrics have been starched and cut...now let’s get stitching….(I will do a post on how I cut a quilt too!)
This quilt has 3 different blocks in it…Square in a Square White, Square in a Square Red and Quarter Square Triangles (QST)
Square in a Square block White–Sort all the cut pieces into blocks…
This block starts with a white square and the smallest red triangles….
Fold the white square in half and pinch both ways…this is where the red triangle points to..the center…Start running them through the machine…
Both sides on…Press, always with steam…notice how I stack when I press.I do not trim…waste of time… Now add the next two red triangles.
Time to trim...TOOLS NEEDED…6″ ITTY BITTY SQUARE RULER…ROTARY CUTTER (red just because I can) ROTATING MAT with finger grooves for easy spinning, because we are trimming all four sides… You can start two ways…trim 1/4″ away form the point of the white square…or find the center of the square and divide the size you need to trim to and cut that in half. Place this measurement on the diagonal of the square and then trim. Lefties would always be cutting on the left side.
Trim each of the right sides of as many blocks as you can fit on the mat with room to work.
Spin the mat 180 degrees and then cut the size you need on the left trimmed side and then trim the right side again.
Turn again and find the center or 1/4″ away from the point, cut...
Turn again and trim the last side…did you notice I did not move my trimmings each time I cut? This takes up time…so I wait til the end to clear it all. I use my rotary cutter to move them out of the way if I need to. I do not set down my rotary cutter to move them.
Sort each of the next triangles on each block…
Now back to the machine to stitch the next white triangles…
Press– wait til you have two sides on…
Stitch and press the other sides.
Time to trim again…line the ruler up on the center of the red square and trim.
Again on as many as you can fit on your mat…turn the mat and line up on the left to size to trim the blocks to and cut again…
line up the center again…and cut…turn and trim the last side…
Repeat again for the last white round…I just happen to have the perfect ruler to square up with…
Repeat for the Square in a Square Red blocks..Didn’t think you wanted to watch me do all the red ones again..lol…and the QST blocks...Trim all the blocks to the same finished size.
I usually piece my units to the exact size with this one exception…multiple square in a square is just easy to trim.
Take a picture of your quilt to see if anything looks funny or if you have too much dark in one spot or anything silly like that…
Start piecing rows together…I put a pin in the first block so I do not mix anything up, if I think I mixed something up I can always check the photo…I really love these new gripper pins…they are fantastic! They are fine and it is nice to have that rubber grip for putting them in and pulling them out…I didn’t think I would like them but LOVE them…you also can iron them…they won’t melt…..they are MAGIC PINS100 & MAGIC PINS 50You also can check your fabrics when you layout your rows…
Press rows in opposing directions.
Press long row seams open when stitching rows together. Large Strip StickAll pieced together…off to the quilter…do you do this when you have a quilt with not border? Stay-stitch the edges 1/8″ all the way around? Do this so the piecing is not pulled apart.
Back from quilting…I am so pleased with how this one turned out but I will discuss this in another post about the quilting. I named this quilt… I THINK I’M IN LOVE…She lies flat and straight….I washed it after I stitched the binding on…I want the quilting to sink in.
Now…I wish to go back to the beginning…back to the inspiration…an antique in my collection.
What can I say…it’s a fabulous quilt…so we had to re-create it. Here is the backing we used…I also set this quilt 9×11 blocks( 63″x 77″) instead of 10×10 (70×70) like the antique, so you have a choice.If you wish to order a kit for this quilt they are on sale 10% off on a PRE- ORDER. Delivery in August, when the fabric comes in. If you purchase backing at the same time is is 20% off of that. Thanks for hanging out with me and I hope you enjoyed watching me stitch, I Think I’m In Love...prefect name right? Eddie Money song…RIP Mr. Money…We will miss you!
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Do you piece like I do? Did you learn anything from this post? It’s not easy just describing with photos but I think you get the jist of it…Please leave a comment and I will give away 6 patterns and one kit for I think I’m in Love!
328 responses to “Let’s STITCH a REDWORK GATHERINGS Quilt…with Efficiency”
Beautiful quilt. Thank you for the detailed step-by-step.
Yes, because you use photos and explain the steps, its very helpful. So is the tip, sew /8 th around edge so stitches arent pulled apart! Thank you Lisa!
I like this pattern and the antique that inspired it! Beautiful fabrics!
Wow…beautiful quilt! Love red and white quilts! Makes me think of the fabulous quilt show in NYC several years back!
Love the quilt! Making a red and white quilt is on my bucket list!
I like your assembly line methods. I get too anxious to do all of one step before moving on…which is why you get so much more done than me!
I think I’m in love is the perfect name. It’s beautiful. Love your short cuts of not trimming & then trimming & waiting to clean up when mat is full. Saves time so get more done.
Gorgeous!!! I like the use of the spinning cutting mat.
Just lovely! Your reds are stunning and perfect for a red and whitr quilt!
Perfect name. Love the lesson.
Loved reading this post! Very informative! Love the red and cream fabric line.
I love the pictures being a visual learner. Thank you! Love the red. L❤️VE!
Your sewing process leaves me standing in the dust!!wow and thank you. I will be printing out the article so I can really understand. As usual your quilt patterns and fabrics are incredible.
Fabulous quilt! Thank you for showing us your methods for piecing this.
Beautiful quilt!! I recently got a rotating mat, will have to try out your tips & tricks.
Beautiful quilt! Love the red and white!
Gorgeous quilt! Love 2 color quilts & I have red in every room of my house. Guess this quilt goes on my bucket list!
Wonderful quilt. Thank you for the detailed post illustrating your quilting method. I picked up quite a few tips.
I love watching the step by step…you help give a concept of how to organize and approach the project. Love, love love your artwork…..
I do some things like u, but not all. So… I will be trying your way. Love the new line and pattern!!!
Oh my gosh I love this quilt! I really enjoyed seeing how you lay everything out in such an organized way. I never thought about stitching an 1/8 of an inch around the quilt when there is no border to hold all the seams. I will definitely start doing that, because I don’t always get them quilted right away. Thank you for showing your steps for creating this beautiful quilt.
Stunning quilt and thank you for the cutting and sewing tips. I just am in love with this quilt!
Wow, there’s a lot to like in this post! Interesting how you press some of those smaller pieces all at once…great idea. Also, a good reminder to stitch all around the edges when the top is complete. Beautiful quilt!
I learned/ liked two things. When squaring up, measuring 1/4 inch from the tip will make sure you have all your points….which I have a difficult time with. #2. When finished , stitch around 1/8 inch in ,reinforces all the seams at the edge. Oh..#3. Take a picture …I knew this, but definitely needs reinforcement l
Love the red square in a square quilt and your new fabric is stunning. I can’t wait to see the fabric in person. I need a red and white quilt, since I don’t have one in my collection
I can see why you accomplish so much and I am like an unorganized disaster. I could learn from each step.
Thanks for all the tips. No I don’t quilt that way but I liked several of your techniques that I’ll have to try. Thanks again. It’s fun learning something new.
Red is my favorite color and this quilt is calling my name. Would love to win a pattern or the kit. I think this is the prettiest quilt I’ve seen in quite a while.
I don’t usually enjoy piecing square-in-a-square blocks, but your quilt is so beautiful, I might have to make an exception. Gorgeous!
That is my favorite quilt so far! And I enjoyed watching your steps….very similar to mine. Would love this pattern.
Thank you for the instructions on your piecing. I always learn something for my quilting!
Never watch one of your videos or blog entries that includes info on piecing or a technique that I don’t learn something new and valuable or time saving or getting a better look. Thanks SO much Lisa!
Ohhh, how will I decide? Another beautiful red and white quilt with your new line if fabric. You’re not making this easy for us!
Love your streamlined stitching and cutting method. Will surely save time! I would love to win this kit or fabric. It’s beautiful!
If I can only get one collection this year, let it be Redwork Gatherings. Absolutely stunning!!!
I am in love with your whole new red line! I think I had better start saving up so I can get one of everything.
This is exquisite, love it. I would love to make. Thank you for sharing!
Yes, I learned a lot from both the pictures and your detailed steps. I have been sewing/quilting for only the past 8 months and I thoroughly enjoy all tips and time saving steps to cut fabric and create a beautiful quilt… I love the name! And I hope to win some patterns and fabric.. thank yku
Really cute. I did learn something-I did not know to press the square to line up the triangles.
No I don’t piece like you, but I will now!!!!!! I did learn something new – no more eyeballing the center for the triangles. All I need to do is pinch. Thank you.
Thanks Lisa. I always learn something from your tutorials. I like your efficiency! May have to try those pins.
Another beautiful quilt! I always oversize the triangles for square-in-a-square blocks…if I don’t, they come out wonky. Love being able to trim them to the perfect size!
Yes, I piece my quilts ”assembly line” like you do–saves a LOT of time. I save a lot and trim all at once, also. Wish I had a big space like you do though….I need to get a kid to move out first to take over her room! I would LOVE to win “I Think I’m in Love”!
I used the starching tip from the lecture you gave at our quilt guild. The quilt went together much nicer. I will be using these too. Thanks for sharing!
I do so love red and white quilts. I really enjoy making blocks this way and then trimming them down to size. I too often find myself using rotary cutter to slide trimmings out of way. Since learning a few years back starching has made such a big difference. I look forward to getting this line of fabric and maybe that In love pattern. Love it!
Lisa I loved how you explained things. Very clear. I have been sewing for many years and had never thought to mark middle of block for location of point when doing square in a square.
Beautiful quilt. !!!!
It’s beautiful! Red is my favorite color! Thanks for showing us your work process! You’re so organized!
It’s so beautiful! I can hardly wait for the fabric to come out. If I do not win the pattern, I would love to buy this. I want to make it. Your helps are wonderful! I have one itty bitty square pattern and the rectangle. I will save this post!! I didn’t know there was a 7” ruler. I’m also interested in the 5×15 ruler. Your designs are great!
This collection of fabrics makes me smile. I appreciate the directions for the blocks, especially trimming them in groups. I can see how your techniques save time. Thanks!
I love a square in a square block, and you make it look so easy to be perfect. A two block quilt is always stunning! “I think I’m in Love,”
This is a beautiful quilt! Thank you for sharing your tips and pics, very helpful! I love how you recreate antique quilts.
I really like the idea of putting has many blocks on the round turn table. No more one at a time for me.
Thanks your an awesome teacher.
Thank you for showing how you do it step by step. My economy blocks are never quite right. I like the quilt with the new fabric with the prints. It just seems more interesting.
Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques. That rotating cutting mat scares me. I don’t know if I would trust myself not to get cut. I haven’t tried starching fabrics. I am used to prewashing. I may have to give it a try. Thanks again.
Thanks so much for the post. Such inspiration. Love your new line.
What a stunning quilt! Your Redwork Gatherings fabric is perfect for this pattern. I learned you do not waste time clipping tails when it doesn’t matter. Square in a squalid the one time you trim instead of having your pieces cut exactly. It seems this method would improve accuracy. I love this quilt!
This was the BEST totorial on your organized way to piece square in a square!
Love the quilt and colors
So beautiful!! Love your method for the square in a square blocks!! Another red and white quilt that I need to make!!!
I piece the same way but I absolutely love the tips! I love to hear how different people do things and I always learn something new. Thanks!
This is such an awesome post showing your very efficient methods! I have made several red and white quilts and see many more in my future. Thank you for sharing with us!
Love it! Thanks for the tips
I have the round cutting mat. Will have to start using it more often. I love this new quilt.
Your pictures and descriptions were perfect. I love square in a square blocks but have never enjoyed making them. You just changed my mind. Thank you Lisa!
That is a beautiful quilt, thanks for taking the time to explain each and every step including pressing. I would love to win a pattern! Enjoy all your blog posts also. Thanks.
I LOVE I think I’m in Love quilt!!!! I am getting so drawn into red/white quilts with seeing your redwork gatherings prints. And yes I WOULD DO this one! The main thing that I do not do on a regular basis is starch. I’ve done it one pattern, but was larger blocks. Worked out fine. I can see how this smaller piecing would be that much better with pre-starching. I MUST learn to starch! And I did love all the little tricks you do for timesavers – not clearing away scraps trimmed off until all trimming on that size block is done. I think my rotating mat does not have the finger holds. can easily see how that helps. I DO watch your tutorials and videos, work for you but so greatly appreciated! Thankx.
Your tips were really great! I may have picked up a couple to use myself! Love this quilt! Red and white quilts are my most favorite!😍
Thanks for the helpful hints! I’m kind of new to the idea of “assembly line” piecing/trimming–makes much sense. Your quilts are beautiful and inspiring.
Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing the steps. I will need to pick up a rotating mat the next time I come to the Wisconsin shop. Would love a chance to win. Thanks!😊
I love your organization! You have so many great tips even for an experienced quilter. Thank you for taking the time to photograph all of the steps.
Love your rework gatherings. This is a beautiful quilt!
This is a beautiful quilt!! Love to watch how assemble the quilt. Always learn something when I watch another quilter!!
I love how you work (and your patterns and fabric). This is my favourite from quilt this collection and I ordered it already. Can’t wait for it to arrive later this summer.
Thank you the tutorial was very helpful and I love this quilt as well…..argh I want to order them all.