Here is the final part of Tutorial A for the Cloud Nine pattern. Tomorrow I will add a “play” part too so you can see what else is possible with the blocks. (Done!)
I definitley underestimated how much time and effort goes into making a tutorial!!! I will for ever look differently at tutorials on the internet! Thank you very much to all the tutorial writers out there! You have helped me become the quilter that I am today! I am also glad that I could contribute with a tutorial (or two) of my own.
As much fun as it was, I am glad that this is the last part of this Tutorial A and I can continue with something else, though
I hope that you do not find this pattern to complicated to give it a shot. Do not forget, I will be posting Tutorial B soon. I found that the other construction method was much much easier with less precision cutting! So before you start cutting up your fabrics, please wait and see which of the tutorials suits you best!
Block II – second half
Let us look at this block first. This is what we are creating:
In the previous part of the tutorial we made the middle sections (pic below in colour)
So we only have to make these parts. (pic below in colour)
For each Block II we need four parts of which two are identical. (So two of each!)
We will start with a new strip WOF of the main fabric. If you have some left over piecing, please try and use those first!
We need to cut the end off at a 45 degree angle. Please note that the direction of the cut!
We also need the 5 inch squares! Cut those diagonally, just like we did before.
To make sure you have picked the right fabrics for this first part, please lay them out like in the picture below. On the left is the Low Volume triangle, on the right is the darker triangle.
Place the darker triangle on the strip of the main fabric. Right sides of the fabrics are facing.
Press your seam.
Now we need to place the other triangle. You can line up the second triangle with the bottom of the other triangle
In the next photo I have added a red line to indicate which lines you should line up.
Press the seam.
Have you noticed the direction of the seams? Please press your seams like this!
Ok, now we need to some precise cutting again, although not so difficult as before.
We want to end up with this:
Here is how we do it. First we lay our ruler on the block. Align the 45 degree angle with the block.
Please turn the block and ruler in such a way that it is comfortable for you to make the cut! You do not want to injure yourself with the rotary knife, I assure you!
Find the next measurments. A bit of the block will stick out…that is what we want to cut off! Please read the next steps first before you start cutting!
If you find it difficult to find all of the “markers” , you could cut a little bit of each side! I personally prefer to do this this way too!
The aim is to end up with a block 8 x 4,25 inches. Both the points of the triangles should be in the corners of this block.
All right! This step was a bit fiddly! Your precision will pay off!
We need 8 of these blocks in total.
We also need 8 others which are very similar!
The thing is to start with the WOF strip and now cut a 45 angle! Make sure that you line up the ruler with the top if the strip and NOT the bottom!
Lay your fabric out again.
This time we start assembling with the Low Volume traingle
Sew and press your seam.
The darker triangle is next. Check that the bottoms of each traingle line up.
Sew and press your seam.
Put your ruler on top of the block.
These are the markers you are going for! Also watch out for the 45 degree angle line!
We need 8 of these blocks in total!
Already 8 done? YEAH, you made it!
Let assemble the parts for block II! No more difficult cutting, I promis!
Place the bottom rectangle on the middle square and pin.
The cool thing is that you can use the interlocking (nesting) seams to precisely piece the two parts of this block.
If your seams do not interlock, please press them in the other direction and into submission! 😉
Here is another photo to show you that the seams are pointing in opposite directions.
The seams in the top of the picture point to the left. The seams in the bottom point to the right.
Carefully place pins through those nesting seams and sew!
Press your seams too!
When you open your block up, this is how it should look: See how precisely the points come together?
OK, now you are ready to do the remaining part! Use the same techniques!
Please repeat the whole of step 2! You end up with 8 of these parts.
Let’s patch two of these blocks together to form block II.
Before you do anything else, please press the seams of one part outward and one part inward. Like so:
Now let’s pin!
We will lots and lots, till we end up with something looking like this:
How to do it, you ask?
First we pin the seams in the middle of our block. Pinning through the seam is a bit fiddly. Take you time and check both side of the block to see if the pin is really going through the seams. Precision counts !
See how the pins really go through the seam?
Second, we match up the interlocking seams. You can feel it with your fingers if the seams match up and “nest”.
Third, we need to pin the seams on the outside too.
And of course a close up photo of this:
After sewing and pressing, this should be the result:
I have opened up the seam at the back because the centre was becoming too bulky for my sewing machine to FMQ over later. You could press the seam to one side. Pressing to the side makes for stronger seams, I was told! Do whatever you think is best.
Please repeat with the other parts until you have 4 of these blocks!
Phew! Block construction is finished! YEEHAAA! (Some chocolate might be in order to celebrate! Be careful to remove all of the chocolate from your fingers, before you continue! ;-))
Step 4. ASSEMBLY OF QUILT TOP
Put your 9 blocks on your design wall like this:
First we make three sets of two and one set of three. Please do it like this:
We start like by matching up the two selected blocks.
Lots of pinning again!
Start in the middle again to pin through the seams.
The other two seams are “interlocking / nesting” seams. EASY!
Sew, press and admire your work!
I pressed my seam upwords in an effort to reduce the bulk!
Once you have made sets like this…
… you combine the sets on top into one bigger block. The assembly should go easy with all interlocking seams!
Finally add the last row and you are done! There will be some pinning the seams in this last bit… but you will survive. I am sure! 😉
DONE, DONE, DONE!!!
In Dutch: KLAAR, KLAAR, KLAAR!
I am signing off for tonight! If there are still any typo’s in this post, please forgive me! I am a bit tired now, I will correct them tomorrow!
I am linking up with Anything Goes by Stitch by Stitch.
Good night everyone!