Week 17 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Assembly

Long Time Gone Sewalong - Learn how to sew and assemble Jen Kingwell's Long Time Gone with this sewalong from Angie (GnomeAngel), Nicole (Snips Snippets) and Marti Michell. See more at

It’s time to assemble your Long Time Gone quilt and then reveal your lovely creation to the world. All you need to do this week is post a photo of some part of your assembly and then between 19 – 28 (we’ve given you a slight extension to help with catch up and assembly) July you will post your final photo of the full quilt assembled into a quilt top (it doesn’t have to be quilted). Winners will be announced on Wednesday 2 August.

My moto for this quilt is rapidly becoming “done is better than perfect”. I’ve spent the past 2 weeks trying to catch up on the blocks I’m behind on (courthouse steps, flying geese, triangles, pineapples and checkerboard) in between dealing with all three of us having the flu. It’s been hideous. Best laid plans and all that. I’ve managed to get most of the blocks done (you can see them in the image above), just need to tackle the last of my pineapples and checkerboards and get cracking with assembly.

There’s no tutorials this week for assembly, just our tips and tricks. We’ll be on Instagram this week to answer questions, etc. as people have them. (Remember to give us some time to respond as we both have little kids, family commitments and at least one of us may now be undead (that’s me, this flu is hideous!).)

Where to Find this Week’s Tips & Tricks

This week Nicole’s sharing her tips and tricks for assembly over on her blog – click here to visit Nicole.

Marti is also sharing her tips and tricks for finishing your quilt with quilt-as-you-go – click here to visit Marti.

Tips & Tricks: Assembly

General Information

If you’d like to know “My Top 10 Beginners Patchworking Tools” you can find them by clicking here.

Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a pre-requiste of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book and it’s associated media.

Conversion Charts

If you’re using the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates you can find the conversion chart by clicking here.

General Advice

  • Tolerance Levels: you need to decide what is an acceptable tolerance level for “mistakes”. For example if your blocks are consistently 6¼” instead of 6.5″ are you ok with this. Or if your seams matching are less than an eight of an inch “off” are you ok with this. There’s no hard or fast rule and it’s different for everyone, so remember it’s your quilt so make your decision for you.
  • Press your seams at each step. Click here for a great article on how to press your seams for patchwork.
  • You can iron and starch your fabric prior to cutting. I also starch when pressing bulky seams.
  • When pinning, pin away from you so that you don’t move your pieces when pinning.
  • Where possible I chain piece all the pieces I can in one step. If you’re unsure of what chain piecing is, click here for a tutorial on how to do it. However, for the purpose of the tutorials I will step you through all the seams individually.

Assembly Tips & Tricks

I wish I had some magical mystical secrets to making the assembly quicker and easier, but really this is all about getting in and getting it done. Marti has some great tips on strip cutting to make things easier and Nicole posted some handy information on the checkerboards last week.

I’m going to go through and assemble it all this week and if I find anything I’ll come back and update this with my findings and let you know via Instagram.

If (where) there’s a difference between the pattern and the photo of the quilt top in the pattern we’ll take either assembly as being ok. Remember to check out this post because we’ve clarified some of the issues around assembly (like leaving out the checkerboard, doing more or fudging sashing width to make it work) , click here to read more.

Prize Winning Details

Of course the ultimate prize is making this amazing quilt, but if you’d like to also throw your hat in the ring to win some amazing prizes from our amazing sponsors then here’s the information you need to know. You can find out more about our sponsors and the prizes on offer by clicking here.

How to Win

We’ve made it as simple as possible for you to win. To be eligible for all prizes on offer all you have to do is:

  1. Post a photo of at least ONE section of the assembly to your Instagram account between 12:01 am 11 July and 11:59pm 18 July 2017 in your timezone.
  2. Tag your photo with the hashtags #LongTimeGoneSAL #AlisonGlass #AndoverFabrics #SewWithTheBest #AnnaMariaHorner #FreeSpiritFabrics #JenKingwell #LongTimeGoneQuilt #AmitieTextiles #MartiMichell #LovePatchworkQuilting
  3. Be following these accounts on Instagram:
    • @GnomeAngel
    • @SnipsSnippets
    • @AlisonGlass
    • @AnnaMariaHorner
    • @JenKingwell
    • @AndoverFabrics
    • @FreeSpiritFabrics
    • @MartiMichell
    • @LoveQuiltingMag

Please note: You do not need to tag these accounts in your images, if you use the hashtag #LongTimeGoneSAL we’ll be able to find you!

You will need to also do the following:

  1. Post a photo of each of the blocks in their relevant weeks in your timezone. You can find the block timetable by clicking here.
  2. Complete the quilt top and post it to Instagram within 19 July and Midnight 28 July 2017 in your timezone.
  3. All photos will need to have all the relevant hashtags on them.
  4. You will need to be following all the relevant Instagram accounts at the time of drawing.

This is the requirements to be eligible for all prizes, if you wish to select which prizes to be eligible for see the individual prize requirements by clicking here.

You can find out all the information about prizes on offer from our amazing sponsors by clicking here.

For more information you can find commonly asked questions and their answers by clicking here.

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  1. Hi! My photos are not showing up on the Long Time Gone SAL recent post feed even though I’ve has tagged correctly!?!? Is anyone else having this problem? Is Instagram having issues with the hashtag feed today?