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Alaska Rainbow Quilt Along – Week 2

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

Welcome back for the second week of our Alaska Rainbow Quilt Along!

I am beyond thankful for all of you who’ve joined in so far, and if you haven’t yet – why wait – check out last week’s blog to see what you missed and jump right in, you’ll catch up in no time. We’ve already learned so much with our first 2 blocks, I’m so proud of everyone. The #1 lesson from last week is how important it is to have a nice, accurate, quarter inch seam allowance.

You must keep it consistent from the beginning to the end of the seam.

This week we will be working on Blocks 2 and 9, so grab your Alaska Rainbow PatternAlaska Templates, rotary, ruler, fabric pencil, and Aurifil thread 2310 – let’s get to it!

Block 2 – we will need to make a total of 4 Block 2’s. Let’s begin by arranging pieces to form the block. This block has two new shapes compared to the blocks we made last week. We’ll start with those.

Assemble the new pieces – one Diamond A and two Half-Diamond B’s.

Mark both Half-Diamond B cuts. Edyta’s Tip: I like to keep my templates and pencil close by to mark the fabric so that I can correctly position them for pinning.

Once marked and pinned, sew the first Half-Diamond B to Diamond A. Press seams open before moving on to the other Half-Diamond.

This is how the finished unit will look.

Don’t forget to open your seams instead of pushing them all in the same direction. Repeat steps for the remaining 3 Diamond wedges.

For Block 2’s corner units, mark, pin, and sew Triangle D to Wedge C like last week. Repeat this step 3 more times to make all four corners of the block.

Arrange your sewn units to form the whole block.

Sew units following the basic kaleidoscope skills we learned last week.

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Pin and sew into 2 halves before pinning again to sew the halves together to complete the block. Press and trim. Repeat this whole process 3 more times for a total of four Block 2’s.