September 3, 2014

Saturday Sampler 2014 - Sew and Tell - Block 9

Welcome to Block #9:  Ball Field, from our Saturday Sampler 2014, Sew and Tell Series.

Our block patterns will be posted around the 2nd Saturday of each month, so check back through the year to make all twelve sampler blocks with us.

Need to catch up on Blocks 1-8?  Start HERE.

Our blocks are 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" (12" x 12" finished)

All seam allowances are 1/4".



Cutting:

A:  Surf:   
A: Cut two 2 7/8" strips from a fat quarter, sub-cut into (12) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8 ”

B/E/G:  Kumquat:   
B:  Cut one 2 7/8" strips from a fat quarter, sub-cut into (6) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8 ”
E:  (1) 4 3/16” x 4 3/16”
G:  (1) 4 3/16” x 4 3/16”

C/D:  White:   
C: (4) 2 5/8” x 2 5/8”
D:  (2) 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”

F/H:  Red:  
F:  (1) 4 3/16” x 4 3/16”
H: (1) 4 3/16” x 4 3/16”






Construction:

Pair one Surf and one Kumquat 2 7/8” square right sides together.

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the lightest colored fabric in each pair.  To get a perfect diagonal line, align the 45 degree angle marking of your ruler with the left edge of the square, positioning ruler to that the straight edge of the ruler goes diagonally from point to point of the square.  Draw a line with a mechanical pencil along the straight edge of the ruler.

Sew 1/4” from both sides of drawn line.  You can chain sew the units together to save time and keep your pieces organized.   


Once you've sewn down both sides of all 6 of the squares, you can take your chain to your cutting board.  Position straight edge of ruler on the drawn line.  This should yield a perfect quarter inch seam between your stitching.  Cut on the drawn line.



Take remaining six Surf 2 7/8” squares, and cut in half diagonally to make 12 triangles.





Arrange the half square triangles and the triangles as shown. 


Sew units into rows, then join rows together.  Make four units.




Cut the Kumquat and Red E, F, G, and H, 4 3/16” squares into quarters diagonally.




Cut the White 3 7/8” squares in half diagonally. 


Arrange a Red triangle, Kumquat triangle and White triangle as shown in a flying geese shape. 


Sew Red triangle to right side of white triangle.


Press seam towards Red.  


 Sew Kumquat triangle to left side of White triangle.


Press seam towards Kumquat.  Unit should measure 2 5/8” x 4 3/4”.  Make four units.



Sew a Red triangle and a Kumquat triangle right sides together to form a square. 


Square should measure 2 5/8” x 2 5/8”.  Make four. 


Arrange squares to form a pinwheel design.  


Sew units together.  Unit should measure 4 3/4” x 4 3/4”. 


Arrange the pinwheel, flying geese units, and the White 2 5/8” squares as shown.


Sew units into rows.

Join rows together.


Arrange the corner units as shown around center star.  


Sew corner units to opposite sides of the center star.  


Press towards corners.  Sew remaining units to opposite sides of center star.  Press towards corners.
 


Block should measure 12 1/2” x 12 1/2”.







September 1, 2014

Saturday Sampler 2014 - Sew and Tell - Block 8

Welcome to Block #8:  Clover Leaf Turn, from our Saturday Sampler 2014, Sew and Tell Series.

Our block patterns will be posted on the 2nd Saturday of each month, so check back through the year to make all twelve sampler blocks with us.

Need to catch up on Blocks 1-7?  Start HERE.

Our blocks are 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" (12" x 12" finished)

All seam allowances are 1/4".



What to Cut:

A:  Corn Yellow:   
A: (2) 6 7/8” x 6 7/8 ”

B:  Light Grey: 
B:  (2) 6 7/8” x 6 7/8 ”

C:  Leprechaun: 
C:  (4) Template C

D:  Water: 
D:  (4) Template D



1. Pair one Corn Yellow and one Light Grey 6 7/8” squares right sides together.
2. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the lightest colored fabric in each pair.
3. Sew 1/4” from both sides of drawn line.  Cut apart on drawn line. 
4. Press towards darkest fabric.  Unit should measure 6 1/2” x 6 1/2”.  Repeat to make four units.





5. Arrange the four units so that the Yellow A triangles meet in the center of the block.  Sew units into rows, then sew the rows together.  Block should measure 12 1/2” x 12 1/2” at this point.



Choose your favorite appliqué method. 

To print the pattern at the correct size, right click your mouse on the image immediately below.  Choose, Save Image As, then save the file to your computer.  Print the image at actual size, be sure to turn off any Scale to Print features.  Depending on your printer settings, you may have to adjust the size of the document so that the 1 inch guide measures a true 1 inch.




The outer lines on the template include a 1/4” seam allowance if you prefer to do an appliqué method where the raw edges will be turned under.  If using a fusible appliqué method, use the inner lines on the template and omit the 1/4” seam allowance.

For fusible appliqué method, follow instructions for the specific type of webbing you are using.

For turned-under method:

1. Sew a Leprechaun C and a Water D template shape together.



2. Trace appliqué template onto freezer paper, marking center line.  Position freezer paper with the waxed side of the paper on the wrong side of the C-D unit.  Align drawn center line with the seam between the two halves.  Iron in place. 



Press edges of appliqué shape around template.  Use a light mist of Best Press or Magic Sizing to help edges stay in place.


3. Arrange the four petals onto the block foundation, matching the seam between the appliqué shape with the seam of the half-square triangle.  Baste into place.


4. Stitch petals to background using a small, hidden stitch catching edge of appliqué shape to secure.  Remove basting threads.










July 2, 2014

Saturday Sampler 2014 - Sew and Tell - Block #7

Welcome to Block #7:  Four Way Stop, from our Saturday Sampler 2014, Sew and Tell Series.

Our block patterns will be posted on the 2nd Saturday of each month, so check back through the year to make all twelve sampler blocks with us.

Need to catch up on Blocks 1-6?  Start HERE.

Our blocks are 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" (12" x 12" finished)

All seam allowances are 1/4".







What to Cut:

A: Peapod:  
A: Cut 1 3/4” strip, sub-cut (4) Template A

B: Tulip:   
B:  Cut 1 3/4” strip, sub-cut (4) Template A

C: Glacier: 
C:  Cut 1 3/4” strip, sub-cut (4) Template B

D:  Pomegranate:   
D:  Cut 1 3/4” strip, sub-cut (4) Template A

E/F:  White:   
E:  (2) 4 3/8” x 4 3/8”
F:  (4) 2 1/4” x 2 1/4”

G/H:  Light Grey:   
G: (2) 3 11/16” x 3 11/16”, cut in quarters diagonally
H: (2) 4 3/8” x 4 3/8”




Pair a 4 3/8” white square and light grey square right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white fabric.


Sew 1/4” from both sides of drawn line.   Cut apart on drawn line.   


Press towards grey.  Unit should measure 4” x 4”.  Repeat to make a total of 4 half-square triangles.



Cut the (2) 3 11/16” x 3 11/16” squares in quarters diagonally.


Arrange the G light grey triangles and the F white 2 1/4” squares as shown.


Sew the light grey triangles to adjacent sides of the white square.  Press towards grey triangles.  Make four units.





Cut templates from the 1 3/4" strips.  It is important that you get mirror images for the left and right side of the block.  To cut multiple pieces at once, stack the two fabrics for the left and the two fabrics for the right side of the block on top of each other with all fabrics right sides up.


Place templates on top of the 1 3/4" strips.  Cut four templates of each color.




Arrange the four colored pieces for each block section as shown below.




Place the two fabrics for the left side of the block right sides together.  Stitch as shown below.
Place the two fabrics for the right side of the block right sides together.  Stitch as shown below.


Make four of each section.



Place sections together.  Sew as shown below, stopping and starting a 1/4" from the beginning and end of the unit as indicated by the dots on the image below.  Make four sections.



Lay units right sides down as shown.  Use a pencil to draw a line a 1/4" from the inner edges of the block units.


Place units right sides together.  Sew the units along the left side of the inner edges, stopping at the dot as shown.  The dot should be exactly in the center of the seam between the left and right units.



Pivot the unit so that the right edge of the triangle matches the right inner edge of the unit.  Sew as indicated by the 2nd stitching line, stopping at the dot.



Press seams away from the triangle section.  Make four sections.



Arrange block units as shown below.


Draw a line 1/4" from the edges of the inner block units.
Place two block units right sides together.  Stitch as shown, stopping at dot.  Press seam open.



Make two units.


Place units right sides together, matching intersecting seams.  A helpful hint is to place a very tiny piece of double stitch tape in the seam allowance at the matching points.  This will help hold the edges together without the shifting that can occur when using pins.  Sew seam, stopping at dots.  Press seam open.




Block should look like this at this point.


Draw lines on wrong side of fabric 1/4" from the inner edges of the corner sections.


Place half square triangle right sides together with center block unit.  Stitch as shown, stopping at dot.


Pivot block to line up adjacent edge of the half square triangle with the adjacent edge of the center block unit.


Stitch, stopping at dot.


Block corner should now look like this.  Repeat on remaining corners.


Block should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".