Gathering Mystery QAL – Week 7

Welcome back to our Gathering Mystery QAL! Every Friday I’ll be posting instructions to make a block or two that will come together into a brand new, never been seen before quilt pattern!  If you’re just joining us, there’s still plenty of time

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Before I share this week’s block – I’ve had a number of requests for quilters to not post spoiler pics on facebook or instagram, if you happen to guess how the quilt will be coming together ahead of the clues.  Please do continue to share your photos of your weekly assembly – they are so awesome to see!

Without further ado, let’s put some blocks together!  Several of you speculated that this would be how these blocks would fit together … you know me so well. 

Please note: A correction has been made to this week’s instructions as of 7:17AM PST.

You should be making 24 (48, 80) 6B Blocks.

A few tips for week’s clue:

The key to successfully putting together this week’s is some careful pinning, and sharp needle on your sewing machine, and some slow-and-steady sewing!

  • In order to get your points to line up nicely, stick a pin directly straight through into the tip of your flying geese block, and then straight through the matching tip of the block behind it.  Leave it sticking out the back, perfectly aligning the two blocks, then place additional pins through the fabric to anchor it exactly in place.  Remove that first pin before sewing.
  • If your flying geese{ish} blocks were winged upwards at the tips, once you’ve got your center point pins, gently easy the ends into place and pin.
  • While sewing, your goal is to pass by that seam intersection about a thread or maybe two above.  Because you are sewing and pressing SIX layers of fabric, if you sew exactly through the seam intersection, you’ll most likely end up with decapitated geese … no bueno.
  • Even with these bulky seams, I still prefer directional pressing, rather than pressing the seams open.  I do typically spritz each block with a little bit of Soakwash’s Flatter spray, which helps get them flat without the shrinkage or flakes of traditional starch spray.  If you’re having problems with your own pressing, though, feel free to try pressing the seams open to see if you have any better luck.

If you’re still having difficulties, drop me a line over in our facebook group and I’d be happy to help troubleshoot.

I think that about does it for this week’s post – progress photos can be shared over on instagram – make sure you use the hashtag #GatheringQAL and you tag me @CorasQuilts – or in our facebook QAL group.  See you next Friday!