Now that we have our beautiful fabrics pressed and cut for the Heather Ross Geometry Dash Quilt, it’s time to get sewing! This is the best part! Now we get to see the magic happening as we stitch all of the little pieces into a kaleidoscope of colorful blocks. If you missed the fabric selection for this quilt, you can check out the previous posts in the Geometry Dash series HERE and HERE, where I describe all of my fabric picks and preparation in detail.
If you want to quilt-a-long and need the Geometry Dash pattern, you can grab it for PDF download HERE.
Here are my sewing tips for the Heather Ross Geometry Dash quilt. If you have some tips of your own, be sure to leave them in the comment section below so we can all benefit!
Organizing Those Logs
The best part of quilting is creating the magical assembly of little scraps and strips of fabric into a cacophony of color! But the success of most quilts comes down to the basics of organization and preparation. I recommend sorting all of your fabric strips into groupings by color, pattern, and length before you begin. The tidy stacks will keep you on track as you work through the piecing of each size of strips in the pattern. If you have everything lined up and ready to go you will be able to chain piece (leave each piece attached to the one before and after it), minimizing waste. Good preparation also minimizes time wasted moving back and forth from your machine.
I made sure to use a variety of fabrics to keep my quilt interesting and have the scrappy style I like. However, I used the same fabric print opposite each other as I worked my way from the center rectangle out. To make sure I got a good mix of patterns all over the quilt, I made sure to surround each feature rectangle with several of the different fabric prints I had for each color and length grouping.
Sewing the Blocks
The Geometry Dash pattern has you layering your “logs” of the cabin, or your increasing lengths of rectangles, opposite one another. The previous log will enclose the prior ends of the ones before it as the block grows in size. I worked through one entire colorway and length before pressing and trimming.
I like to trim the ends of the log strips as I go just to make sure they do not pull the block from square if everything doesn’t line up perfectly while I am sewing. Usually, it’s just a tiny bit you’re trimming off the ends, but in quilting, those tiny bits will add up to a big difference when amplified across an entire quilt top!
Adding the Background Corners
Once all of the logs have been added around the central feature fabric, it is time to set all of the blocks on a slight tilt. The fun part of the Geometry Dash Quilt pattern is that the traditional log cabin receives a literal spin! The addition of the corner background pieces float the block in an interesting and fun way. I also feel it further makes each block stand out because they have a little bit of a place for the eye to rest in between each statement piece.
The pattern of the log cabin blocks also twists from the two interlocking external strips. In my quilt, the pink and green strips cause an additional twisting effect as they connect at each side of the block.
I can’t wait to get all of my blocks completed and put the whole quilt top together! I am sure it will have a stunning effect. I am also so happy to be finally using and enjoying this amazing Heather Ross Tiger Lily bundle!
Work Along with Me
The Geometry Dash Quilt is a great way to get those beautiful large prints used up and highlighted using a fun twist on basic squares and rectangles. The on-point log cabin style block finishes at approximately 12″ square, so you can build an eye-catching quilt quickly. Everyone loves a quick win!
In this week’s video, I share a few tips on piecing the blocks of our Heather Ross Geometry Dash Quilt. These tips include:
- how to organize and sew your blocks efficiently
- ways to work through your sewing without pinning
- lining up and trimming the final blocks
- what to do with off-cuts so you don’t waste a thing!
To view the video and see all of the tips, click the video box below.:
Quilt With Me!: The Geometry Dash Quilt
Grab the Geometry Dash Quilt Pattern for just $10 USD HERE. Then pop on the video for a few finishing suggestions before you cut. After you’ve cut up all your fabrics based on those tips, join me to machine stitch the simple to create quilt blocks!
In upcoming videos, we will work together to piece the entire quilt top and complete our Heather Ross Geometry Dash Quilt!
If you join in with the video or create the Geometry Dash Quilt on your own, don’t forget to share your work with the La Rue de Fleurs community by tagging me on IG @laruedefleurs and using the hashtags #geometrydashquilt and #laruedefleurspatterns. I hope you’ll join me and have some fun using those large prints and strip scraps!
Stay creative, friends!
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