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Alaska Rainbow Quilt Along – Week 3

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

Welcome back for the third week of our Alaska Rainbow Quilt Along. I’m so happy to be quilting with you all each week!

Don’t “fall” behind — check out last week’s blog to see what you might’ve missed or to refresh yourself with our newly acquired technical skills. Keep up the hard work, I think everyone is doing great!

Please don’t forget to send us or post your progress pictures along the way. We really love seeing how each and every one of you are doing with your Alaska Rainbow blocks!

This week we will be working on Blocks 4 and 8.

Gather your tools – Alaska Rainbow Pattern, Alaska Templates, rotary, ruler, fabric pencil, and Aurifil thread 2310 – lets sew!

Block 4 – We will make a total of 4 Block 4’s. Begin by arranging your cut pieces to form the block. This block has two new shapes, so lets start here.

Combine one Diamond A, two Half-Diamond B’s, and one Triangle D using all the techniques you have learned thus far:

Start by marking one Half-Diamond B before pinning and sewing it to Diamond A. Now do the same to the second Half-Diamond B. Press seams open.

Now mark, pin, and sew Triangle D on top to complete your first corner.

Note: Press seam allowance towards Triangle D.

Repeat the above steps 3 more times to complete all four corner units following the pattern’s listed colors.

For your wedge units, use the same methods learned last week and continue to master your quilting abilities.

Repeat 3 more times until you have a total of four wedge units.

Assemble your sewn units into the block once again. Pin and sew each unit following the basic kaleidoscope skills we learned last week.

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Now your block should be in 4 separate units.

Edyta’s Tip: Square off your units before sewing the block together allows for you to achieve nice, flat square block.

Most of the questions and concerns that we have received from the last two weeks has been

“How can I get my block to lay flat? Is there a way to square things up?”

The best way to check your unit to make sure that it’s 90° is by placing your ruler right over the unit. Match the 45° line with the center seam, and check that everything aligns.

If needed, use your Creative Grids ruler and Olfa rotary, square off each of the units for perfect 90° right angles.