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".


















June 3, 2014

Saturday Sampler 2014 - Sew and Tell - Block #6

Welcome to Block #6:  Town Square, 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 1-5?  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/B:  Wistera:   
A: (1) 4 1/2” x 4 1/2 ”
B:  (2) 4 7/8” x 4 7/8”, cut in half diagonally

C:  Peapod:   
C:  (4) 2 1/4” x 3”, trim using templates

D:  Sprout:  
D:  (4) 2 1/4” x 3”, trim using templates

E/F:  White:   
E:  (4) 1 1 /2” x 4 1/2”
F:  (2) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”

G/H:  Dark Grey:   
G: (6) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”, cut four in half diagonally
H: (8) 2 1/4” x 4 3/4”, trim using template





Templates for C/D/H:

To print the template 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.  Adjust size so that the 1" square on the image prints at a true 1" square.  Shrink or enlarge until it reaches this size.






Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white 2 7/8" squares.


Pair right sides together with a 2 7/8" grey square.


Sew 1/4" from both sides of drawn line.  When piecing multiple half square triangle units, it is helpful to chain the pieces together.  This eliminates having to start and stop on each square.


The chain can then be lined up on your cutting mat.  Align the edge of the ruler on the drawn line.  You can then easily cut the squares in half diagonally.



Repeat to make a total of 4 half square triangles.


Cut the remaining four dark grey half square triangles in half diagonally.


Cut the two purple 4 7/8" squares in half diagonally.


Arrange units as shown below:


Sew the dark grey triangles to adjacent sides of the half square triangle unit.  Press towards dark grey triangles.






Sew the wisteria triangle to this unit.


Press towards wisteria triangle.  Unit should measure 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".


Cut the peapod and sprout 2 1/4" x 3" rectangles in half diagonally as shown.  If using fabric with a definite right and wrong side, it is important to cut 2 triangles in one direction and two triangles in the opposite direction for each color.  This will create mirror images of the triangles.


Trim the peapod and sprout triangles (C and D) and the dark grey triangles (H) using template for accuracy.


Arrange the peapod and sprout triangles, the white 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles and the grey triangles as shown.



Sew peapod and sprout triangles to side of the dark grey triangles.


Sew peapod and sprout triangles to adjacent side of dark grey triangle.





Trim triangle units to 2" x 4 1/2".  Join units to sides of the 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" white rectangle.




Unit should measure 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".  Make four units.




Arrange units as shown below.


Sew units into rows.


Sew rows together.  Block should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".