Orbit QAL Week 2 :: Piecing

I’ve enjoyed seeing peeks at the fabrics some of you have picked out!

Today starts Week 2 in the quilt along and we’ll be piecing our quilt together over the next 2 weeks.

The four blocks in the quilt are very straight forward in construction and should give you no trouble at all.

If you’re new to half square triangles, I wanted to share a little picture step-by-step on putting those blocks together.

Click on each collage to see the image up close.





The triangles are sized just enough to allow you to square up a small bit.   I really don’t like a lot of waste so you will notice there is not much to trim away.

You can always enlarge your original square size to 6.25″ or 6.50″ to give you a bit more wiggle room.

If you’re familiar with hst blocks you won’t necessarily have to pin.   Pinning is helpful though to make sure your pieces don’t shift and eat up your small trimming allowance.

I recommend making all of your hst blocks first because they are the most tedious (the trimming).   It’s nice to have them out of the way!   You can cut and pin (or stack together) each individual unit and then chain piece.

Week 2 and 3 are for piecing together your quilt.  This includes the individual blocks, rows and on to sewing all the rows together to make your top.

Use the quilt layout guide at the back of the pattern to help you as you go.   I keep it open on my computer as I sew.


Use the flickr group to ask questions, or do so in the comments!  Any questions you have, I’m happy to help!

I will be sharing my progress over the next 2 weeks and I’d love to see yours too.



Feb 11th, :: Getting Ready! (fabric selection + supply list)

Feb 18th, Week 1 :: Pattern release + cutting/organizing

Feb 25th, Week 2 & 3 :: Piecing + quilt layout

March 11th, Week 4 ::  Backing + Basting your quilt

March 18th, Week 5 & 6 :: Quilting & Binding + Link Up Opens to add your finished project

April 1st, Link Up Closes and Winner selected from photo pool



Filed under Orbit Quilt Along, Quilt Along, Quilts, Sewing, Tutorial, Uncategorized

4 responses to “Orbit QAL Week 2 :: Piecing

  1. I am excited to to do this! Today I am printing up everything so I can do the mock up color. I have the fabrics already chosen, but it is a matter of seeing if I actually have 5 different 1/2 yard pieces for the orbits! Might have to punt a little! Thanks for such a perfect project, with so many worksheets– really nice to have the prep!

  2. I didn’t trust myself over the school holidays with the rotary cutter – but I will be on to it pronto!

  3. This is such a beautiful quilt design!

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