I made some progress over the weekend, so here's an update of where I am now.
Step 5: Cut the Fabric
"Piece" in quilt-speak is sew those pieces together!
With the last quilt I made, I was feeling over-confident and decided not to take the time to pin my work before sewing. I rarely use pins when I sew aprons and wallets. But I've discovered that quilting requires much more precision and matched-up seams. Another lesson learned! Always pin your work.
I also cut all of my pieces just a bit bigger than they needed to be, and trimmed them down after piecing them so that they were just right. This way, everything will match up. It takes a little extra time, but saves a lot of frustration later on.
To piece the blocks: pin two pieces right sides together, sew, iron the seam open, trim and repeat until you have the finished block. To minimize all of that stand-sit-stand moving around, I chain-pieced the blocks.
Chain-piecing means that you pin a bunch of sets of pieces together, and run them through the sewing machine one right after the other, so they make a cute little linked garland type thing (like the photo above).
So, I have all my blocks sewn! Callie kitten was just as pleased to see them finished as I was!
Next steps coming next week!
View The Quilting Process Part I here.