Signal Trace - Blocks 1 through 4 (four 24 1/2" square quilt blocks in blue and lime green)

Signal Trace Quilt {Piecing Progress, Part 2}

The biggest update in this post might be right here: this quilt has a name! After a lot of fun discussion, several people suggested it reminded them of something cosmic and a few others said printed circuit boards, so I’ve chosen to call my Q3 Just for Fun project the Signal Trace quilt.

Signal Trace - Block 1 (A 24 1/2" square quilt block in scrappy blues and lime green)

Signal Trace – Block 1

Last week’s piecing progress left off after I decided to add some small stitch and flip lime triangles to the four center blocks. It took me a few seam ripper moments to get the sizing right for those corners. I knew I wanted them to finish at 1″ on the sides but kept failing to add in seam allowance. Oh well, I finally got there and finalized the size (1 1/2″ squares) and got the first block pieced.

Signal Trace - Blocks 1&2 (24 1/2" square quilt blocks in scrappy blue and lime green)

Signal Trace – Blocks 1&2

Because I took the time last week to pre-cut all the fabric I needed for the next 3 blocks, block 2 came together really quickly.

Signal Trace - Planning Blocks 3&4

Signal Trace – Planning Blocks 3&4

Things slowed down when I got to blocks 3 & 4. I’m doing my best to embrace the scrappy nature of this quilt, but I couldn’t resist some methodical planning. In order to make sure I was happy with the way the quilt would come together, I took my time making sub-units and then laying out the rest of the fabric on my design wall for the last two blocks.

Signal Trace - Blocks 1 through 4 (four 24 1/2" square quilt blocks in blue and lime green)

Signal Trace – Blocks 1 through 4

Progress is funny; last week I stopped before sewing together the first block. This week I have 4 blocks on my design wall waiting on me to sew 3 more seams. Then I can move on to puzzling together how to make a pieced backing with the fabric I have left from the quilt top!

14 thoughts on “Signal Trace Quilt {Piecing Progress, Part 2}

  1. @rchianese26 says:

    I love the colors and the composition! Please make a pattern!!!!!! Rebecca Chianese

  2. They do have a circuit board quality to them. I’m picturing them quilted with a gold metallic thread. Very cool so far!

  3. Perfect name, and it has such movement in the fabrics! I agree, just a touch of care in fabric placement makes a big difference with this one.

  4. Kate says:

    This is such a fun quilt. Love the name. I’m there with you on the figuring out how to piece backings. It’s a good thing we don’t mind math.

  5. Patty says:

    Very fun quilt! Loving the pops of green.

  6. Funny, I was just working on piecing a backing yesterday, too. I stopped because I was too mentally tired to do the figuring, so decided to wait another day. Signal Trace is a great name, and the four blocks together make such a cool design.

  7. Love the name that you came up with, and these blocks look so awesome together.

  8. Signal trace is coming along nicely. I really like that additional triangle to complete the diamond. It is funny about progress, or lack thereof. So agree about progress….I am in a fits and starts mode since traveling. Great design!

  9. aquilterstable says:

    This is looking great! I love how the varied colors in the prints keep your eye moving.

  10. Cheryl B Smith says:

    It looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the pieced back.

  11. This is turning out just so cool – and all the variety of the fabrics that you used -just draws me it to look closer!!!

  12. Julie says:

    Love the name you selectec

  13. Kaja says:

    This has grown beautifully! Even with improv, I agree, there comes a point near the end when you have to be careful with fabric choices and placements, in order to end up with a well-balanced piece.

  14. Joyce says:

    Love this pattern. Please make a pattern. I will buy it!

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