The Tessa QAL - Piecing Your Quilt Top

Yay, we get to put our Tessa quilt top together! Feel free to move at your own pace here - we have 2 weeks to piece the quilt top.

Murmur Quilt - The Tessa Quilt Pattern by Kitchen Table Quilting 

Video Chat

We will be doing another video chat this week on Thursday at 1pm PST. Bring your questions about the pattern (or about quilting/patterns in general) or just show up to chat. It has been so much fun!

Here is the link to join the chat (remember it won't work until the meeting starts):

The Tessa QAL - Cutting (Part 2)

Once you have strip pieced your fabric, it is now time to cut the individual pieces for your quilt. The good news is that there is not much cutting that needs to happen - yay!

The Tessa Quilt Pattern - Kitchen Table Quilting


The only thing that I would recommend for this part of the pattern is ruler that is at least 16.5" wide (something like this). If you do not have one, you can push rulers together (for example, a 6" ruler + a 12" ruler will be big enough) or you can use your cutting mat (though this will be less accurate). Since my long ruler is 8.5" x 24.5", I use this ruler and turn it sideways. There are lots of ways to make this work!

The Tessa QAL - Strip Piecing

Strip Piecing

If you haven't strip pieced a quilt before, it can really help speed things up. It isn't practical for all patterns, but it is very effective here.

The Tessa QAL - Strip Piecing

What this means is that we will be sewing our Fabric O strips onto each side of our larger strips and then we will cut them to the sizes we need for the pattern.

The Tessa QAL - Cutting Your Fabric Strips


Before I say anything else here, DO NOT SKIP THE STRIP PIECING SECTION OF THE PATTERN. Even if you do not plan to strip piece your quilt, there is crucial info in this section about the width that you will cut your fabric. The instructions and help I give during the QAL will be for strip piecing - if you prefer not to strip piece, you are on your own for that portion of the pattern.

Video Chat

Last week we did a video chat. It was a lot of fun and I want to do it again - this week we will be meeting on Thursday at 1pm PST. This seems to be a time that works pretty well for most people. If you have another time you prefer, please let me know in the comments and I will do my best to switch up the times another week to try to accommodate you.

Facebook Messenger Rooms was a little buggy, so this week we are going to use Google Meet. Here is the link:

The Tessa QAL - Kitchen Table Quilting 


You do not need anything special to cut fabric for your quilt. I am going to show you how to cut your strips using a regular ruler (I use this one) and I will also talk about using a striplogy ruler. I have a Striplogy ruler and it does help make the cutting step go faster on quilts like this, but it is not required. I have the regular version of the ruler, but if you decide to invest in one, get the XL. 

The Tessa QAL Week 1 - Choosing your Fabric

Now down to business - picking your fabrics. This post will give you a few tips and several examples of different fabric combinations.
Tessa QAL - Kitchen Table Quilting Before you start, I recommend that you print off the free coloring sheet I have in my shop. Even if you already know which fabrics you are planning to use, it is useful to write in the fabric names on the coloring sheet to help keep everything straight.
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