Week 4 of the 2020 American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt-Along starts on 3/9. The assignment is: Assemble Nine-Patch blocks. Below you'll find some helpful tips for sewing blocks, and some answers to questions we've been getting. See more about the Quilt-Along here.

How do I get all my squares to align in my Nine-Patch blocks?

Your seams should nest together when sewing rows together (meaning the seams abut against each other instead of overlapping). Once you nest the seams together, pin as necessary to hold everything in place while sewing.

My blocks are of varying sizes. Can I make it work in this quilt?

Although we all strive for an accurate 1/4" seam, differences in seam allowances can happen! The best thing to do is to rip out seams and resew the blocks with an accurate seam allowance so the blocks are the right size. But if you're allergic to the seam ripper, you have a few other options. If your blocks are too small, you can add borders to the block to make them the correct size (we suggest either a cream print to match the blocks or a blue print to match the sashing). If the blocks are too large, you can trim it, but remember that you'll be trimming into the seam allowance, thus visually altering the finished look of a block relative to the other blocks in the quilt.

How do I store my blocks while I move onto piecing other parts of the quilt?

Store your blocks on a flat surface to keep the fabrics smooth and the seams pressed in the right direction. We suggest a plastic project box to keep the blocks safe, out of the way of dust, and easy to transport from storage to work station.

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