This is a post about the Tokyo Subway Map Quilt-Along, which you can join at any time. You don't have to sign up anywhere but, if you like, you can join our Flickr Group. Piecing instructions were included in this earlier post.
I think it's going to make the most sense to post the block layouts in sets of two, so you can expect to see the rest of the blocks paired up this way. Remember, there's no need to finish these blocks within a specific time-frame. Please work at your own pace.
Here's the layout for Block 2. (My Block 2 is in that first photo, above.)
Here's the layout for Block 3.
I'm linking a pdf file below, but I encourage you not to print it out unless it's absolutely necessary. I've been using my laptop to view the patterns as I sew and find that it works just as well. I'm also putting all of these block layout diagrams on Flickr and linking them on this page devoted to the quilt-along.
The reason I suggested cutting all of your squares first is so, as you work, you can monitor how much of each print and type of print (dots, checks, fussy-cut pieces, etc.) you've used. Make an effort to use things at the same rate, so that different prints and styles will be spread evenly throughout your composition. You'll also want to look out for where the "lines" will connect when the blocks are sewn together, so you don't end end up with two of the same print right next to each other.
So far, so good! I'll post the next two block layouts on Friday.
After my last post, several of you asked about my seam guide. The photo above shows the seam guide on my pink machine (which is similar to the one on my quilting machine). It's basically just a metal piece that screws into the machine. It creates a little "wall" of sorts that you can guide your work along during piecing.
If your machine didn't come with a seam guide setup like this, I suspect that you may find it easier to use a quarter inch foot, which accomplishes pretty much the same thing, but with a guide that's attached to the side of the foot. (Magnetic seam guides are readily available but, unless the foot you use for piecing is more narrow than 1/4", you won't be able to set one at that width.)