Have you recovered from all my posts yesterday?
I am trying to get this tutorial out of the way as soon as possible! I hope that at least one of my sewing machines will be fixed today so I can get back to sewing this evening. I have a commission that really needs to be finished this Friday. Why do sewing machines always break down at precisely that moment? Is that sewing-machine-pay-back for working it too hard?
You can find all of the prevous links to this tutorial here:
Today I will show you the easiest block in the design and we will also start with the triagular blocks that go on the edge of our quilt.
Meet block 4! Easy peasy, right?
This is how we do it!
We lay out our fabric. We need the 5 7/8 ” square of the Dark Background Fabric, the rectangles of the Main Accent Fabric and the little squares of the Extra Accent Fabric.
We will start with the little pieces. We need to sew them together.
Press the seams to the middle.
Now tackle the middle of the block. Sew those pieces together too. Press those seams to the OUTSIDE!
See, to the outside!
Now attach both sides to the centre. Use the interlocking/nesting seams to your advantage!
And you know what..?
We need five of these blocks. Get to it!
The next couple of blocks are very similar to block 1 and 2. You will sure recognize some of the picture as I am “recycling” them, LOL! It could be smart to label your block after finishing!
Step 1. Take 1 strip WOF of the Focus Fabric (fabric number 1). Take the remainder strip of the Main Accent Fabric (fabric number 4).
If there are selvages on the fabric, please cut them off.
Place the two strip on top of each other : right sides of the fabric facing.
Use a ruler with a 45 degree angle and place it on top of the strip. Align the 45 degree angle line with the bottom of the strip.
There are two ways of going through the next part of step 1. First I will show you how I did it.
I aligned the ruler and cut off a triangle on the right.
Than I sewed each part (red lines in the picture below).
Now for the other way of doing this:
- Align the ruler in the same way as in the pictures above
- Draw a line on the fabric along the ruler
- Pin the fabric into place!
- Now sew NEXT to the drawn line on the fabric. Sew on both sides of the drawn line.
- After sewing you cut the fabric on the drawn line.
This last way is better if your fabric is especially stretchy on the bias!
Ok, just do whatever works for you!
After pressing the seams and opening the patchwork open this is what you get. The little square I am saving for a dolls quilt.
Turn the strip on your cutting table so you can safely make the next cut. If you are lefthanded, you might want to turn the whole thing upside down!
Cut the strip of Main Accent Fabric (green) off!
Get one of the 6,5″ squares of the Light Background Fabric Cut and cut it in half diagonally. Align it to the strip we have created.
Sew and press the seam. Press the seam towards the large triangle.
Cut the strip of the Focus Fabric off. Please turn the block in such a way that you can safely make the cut.
Check if the seams are pressed towards the large triangle.
Now we need to attach a piece of the strip on the left.
Make sure that you line up the fabric the right way…
…so NOT like this… you will have to unpick!
Did you see how the left top is “cut off” by how I placed my strip?
Let’s do it again!
To make sure I placed the strip I folded the fabric into a triangle and then fingerpressed the fold.
In the picture below you can see the finger pressed line and how I positioned the large triangle on the strip and that line.
Now sew and press the seam.
Press the seam toward the outside of this block.
Now we need to cut of the remainder of the strip. Line up the rule with the 45 degree angle.
Check if the seams are like this:
Turn your block over… now admire your work! Do it once more! (We need two of these blocks!)
IMPORTANT! It is highly likely that the remainder of the strip of the Focus Fabric is TOO short to complete another block 5. Put that short piece of strip to the side for the construction of block 6. Take a new strip WOF of the Focus fabric to finish the second block number 5.
In the next post we will focus on the last blocks!