Zen Studio Quilt Along - Week 3- Block B






Welcome Back!!  I hope you all were able to keep up this week and piece all of your Block As.  If not, no worries, there’s plenty of time to catch up. For this week, we will be constructing Block B. 


A quick reminder, if you are posting pics to Instagram and tagging #zenstudioqal, we will not be able to see your pics if your account is private.  You may want to consider creating a public account for your quilty adventure so that you can participate in the contests and we can all drool over your amazing quilt pics. We also may not see pics posted in your stories, so please post in your feed.

Piecing Block B



Block B is constructed in the same manor as Block A.  The key is to remember that you are starting with a different color this week and keeping the same sequence of colors.  It's also important to choose the correct color to start with. So, for instance, in Block A your colors were 1, 2, 3, 4.  For Block B you'll start with color 4 and then 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2. 





Last week we heard some issues with blocks coming out too small.  Keep in mind the following:

  • The Pinked edges on the Jelly Roll strips are included in the seam allowance.  The tips of the edges are where you will start to measure your 1/4" seam.  The tips of the pinked edges can also start to wear down while the fabric is being manipulated.  Take notice as to whether the tips are rounded or flat and adjust accordingly.
  • Press you seams open as you go.  If you don't press as you go, or if you press  to the side, you won't get as flat a seam and the fabric can retain a bit of a rolled seam. 
  • There shouldn't be much to trim off when squaring up and you may not need to trim the block at all.
  • The most important thing is to have all the blocks the same size, so try to avoid drastic changes in your sewing/piecing technique mid construction.




 Alright, that's all we have for week 3.  For next week, Block C, we may go ahead and add Block D.  It seems that once you get the hang of the sequence, the piecing goes fairly quickly. (and there are also quite a few of you that have finished all the blocks ;)  Try not to get too far ahead so that you can participate in the  contests and don't miss the pics you'll need.  This will also give us a buffer week for final quilt top construction and quilting.






Emily Jackson

Instagram: @lemonyquilts







Janine Wallgren



Instagram: @lilbeanquilting

Etsy: www.lilbeanquilting.etsy.com



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