Samgurm made Sandy's Ring Cycles Quilt with:

- I used lots of scrap fabrics that I had on hand along with many new fabrics.

Jane Duval asked:

Once the vertical rows are constructed do you have any suggestions or tips on how to join the rows..where to start?

Samgurm answered:

I first pinned together the pieces that were in the same vertical line, a nine-patch in the first vertical strip to the triangle in the second vertical strip, and sewed all those together. Then I pinned the triangles in the first strip to the 9-patches in the second strip, which are also in a vertical line, and sewed those together. This leaves a diagonal seam between each of the seams you've already made, which is connecting a triangle to triangle. You need to use a lot of pins. I hope this makes sense! It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. Good luck with it!

welandcar1922062 asked:

I am considering making this.
Making the 'zillion" nine patches but I am worried about sewing them all together!
Is it hard???
Are there "Y" seams???
How long did it take you to put it together after all the 9 patches were made???

Samgurm answered:

Hi,
It was definitely challenging, and time-consuming, but it all came together nicely in the end. There are a lot of Y seams. You pin and sew one side of the Y seam, then unpin that and line up the edges on the other side of the Y, and pin and sew that. You have to make the circular pieces first, using the hexagon and 6 nine-patches and 6 triangles, (sew one triangle to one side of each of the 6 nine-patches, then one side of each of the 6 nine-patches to the hexagon, then sew the side of a triangle to the side of the adjacent nine-patch to complete the circular piece.) Next sew the circular pieces together into lengthwise strips, triangle to triangle, along with the filler triangles. Then you sew the strips together: I first pinned together the pieces that were in the same vertical line, a nine-patch in the first vertical strip to the triangle in the second vertical strip, and sewed all those together for the whole strip. Then I pinned the triangles in the first strip to the nine-patches in the second strip, which are also in a vertical line, and sewed those together. This leaves a diagonal seam between each of the seams you've already made, which is connecting a triangle to triangle. You need to use a lot of pins. Be sure to mark the corner points of each triangle, nine-patch and hexagon so you can line up those points when sewing. After sewing the first two strips together, you will get the hang of it and it gets easier. Don't give up! Good luck with it!