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Summer Sunrise Quilt Along: Week 7

As promised I am not introducing any new instructions this week so that you all have more time to finish up your hourglass blocks. If you need a refresher on the instructions you can find them here. If you are already done congratulations, and enjoy a well deserved week off. If you are still working on the blocks don’t worry I know you can get them done, it seems more daunting than it actually is.




Over the next few weeks we are going to start putting the quilt together. Of course I say that and now you are looking at all those little 2 ½ inch blocks and wondering how exactly you are going to get all the seams to line up and keep straight how it all goes together. I felt the same way (especially about those little ones!). Which is why I broke up the quilt into what I call piecing blocks. What that means is rather than sew all the blocks in a row and then all the rows together, I created different larger blocks that were sewn together at the end to make the quilt top. Most of the piecing blocks are either 4x4 or 5x5 and I will have a nice handy charts for you to follow when setting them up. To help prepare for that, what you can do is make sure that all of your blocks are separated into groups based on type and size. For example all the small hourglasses are together and with them all the small pinwheels. As the piecing blocks go together the sand (your tan fabric) will be added in accordingly. I will say that I found having a design wall where I could hang the piecing blocks and see how everything went together helped tremendously. If you don’t have a design wall don’t worry just try to find a space where you can layout the blocks. We just have the sunrise block to go and then we start on the piecing blocks.


I look forward to hearing from all of you and seeing your wonderful hourglass blocks. You can tag us on Instagram at @createdesignmake365 and using #summersunriseqal. Stay tuned next week when we put together the sunrise block!

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