I’m continuing to make progress on Link. I spent a second evening gluing the squares and finished panel 5-9. The last step in the whole process will be attaching the panels.
This is a close up of the first panel. You can see how the block looks up close with the squares next to each other.
Step 5 – Sew
After everything was glued, I folded, right sides together, along the previously drawn lines and sewed a 1/4″ seam. I repeated for each vertical seam. When you sew using a 1/4″ seam, you lose 1/2″ total (1/4″ on each side). My squares started at 1″, so they’re going to finish at 1/2″. You can see how much the squares are shrinking up compared to their original sizes. These aren’t pressed so the shrink will ultimately be a little less dramatic, but you get the idea.
This picture is what the panels look like after all of the vertical seams are sewn. The fabric just folds around itself; it’s pretty cool looking. I was able to finish 3 of the panels last night. Once I get the other 6 completed, the next step will be cutting a tiny piece off of every seam so that I can press the seams open (there will be pictures). I am realizing that I won’t be able to do 4 panels in 30 days so I’m either going to do 2 panels in 30 days and then do some regular piecing to fill in where the other 2 panels would be, or turn this into a 4 panels in 60 days project… we’ll see. I do plan to try to keep up with the original timeline.
As a math person, I usually calculate how many seams I’ll need to sew on a project. For a regular project (without the fusible), it’s one fewer seam than the number of pieces. So this block is 50 squares x 50 = 2,500 pieces. If I were to have attached this regularly, it would have taken me 2,499 seams. But, with this method, it’s only about 200 seams (and could be fewer if I attached the panels first). It’s still about the same amount of thread, but so much faster.