During the past couple of years, I've made several quilts that featured irregularly-sized blocks "floating" on both the quilt front and quilt back. This tutorial describes how I put my quilts together.
Let's start with some examples.
This is my February Quilt, featuring blocks made by members of the Bee-autiful Quilting Bee. A tutorial for how to make the blocks can be found here.
The Modern Quilt Guild's blog has a new post today (part of the ongoing 100 Days of Modern Quilting feature) with my tutorial for this lovely block, which was adapted from this lovey pillow by Heather Bostic.
The Billboard Quilt-Along is open to anyone who wants to participate and has no set start or finish date. I’ve compiled a list of posts here.
Today's post includes general machine applique instructions that can be applied to any machine applique project. Please note that the fusible web used in the sample appliques (patchwork letters) makes it unnecessary to pin the appliques in place. If you're working with appliques that don't include fusible web (for instance, Dresden Plates) you will want to pin your applique shapes in place before attempting to sew them down.
Now that your letters have been fused to the block bases, it's time to finish the raw edges by stitching around each letter using some form of a zigzag stitch. The idea is to encase the raw edges in stitches by sewing one half of your stitches (the left side in the above photo) through all layers, just inside the edge of your applique shape, and the other half (the right side in the above photo) through just the background fabric, just outside the applique shape.
As someone with a fair amount of fancy quilting tools on hand, I would say that my design wall is possibly my favorite of them all. I use it to preview fabric swatches, to organize blocks and to keep my latest project from becoming a wrestling arena for my cats.