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Fair Isle Sew Along, Part 6: The Checkerboard Row


Welcome to Week 6 of the Fair Isle Sew-Along! This week we’ve officially arrived at the Christmas season, and all of the busyness that entails, but if you’ve been keeping up with the sew-along, you’re in the homestretch now! This is your last row prior to assembling the top and quilting it, and it might be the easiest and quickest row of all.

As I mentioned before with strip-piecing, pay attention to your seams when cross-cutting the strip sets, NOT the raw edges of the sets. My suggestion is to keep adjusting the long strip sets as you cross-cut, so that the seams are always lined up with the grid on your cutting mat, and cross-cut at an exact 90-degree angle to the seams, not the raw edges. That way, if your seams curve a little, you’re accounting for that as you cut, and everything will work out anyway.

Then sew ’em up, and in no time at all, you’ve got your checkerboard row.

And with that, we’re ready to put it all together into a completed quilt top next week! I know a number of you are ahead and already have your tops together, which is awesome. I can’t wait to see all the completed tops in all the different colorways. It’s so much fun!
And remember, if you still want to play along, you can purchase the Fair Isle quilt pattern here.
2 replies
  1. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    Looks like everyone is busy making their Fair Isle quilt, and have no time for leaving a comment! I think your quilt is lovely, and will be in many homes next Christmas, all stitched and quilted.

    Happy Post-Thanksgiving!


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