I have a serious problem. I am addicted to quilt patterns. So even though I have more projects than I know what to do with I am jumping into another freebie being offered by some of the excellent designers who work with Moda fabrics. This is a Block a Week project with 6 inch blocks.
The first block is Whirligig from Kansas Troubles Quilters and designed by Lynne Hagmeier. You can find the block here: http://blog.modafabrics.com/2017/03/blockheads-block-1/
My first step, once all of my fabrics have been cut is to starch all of the pieces. I have found this to be a huge benefit when piecing smaller blocks.
I am following the traditional piecing directions for this block. I start by drawing a diagonal line on all of my A and D squares.
Layering an A square on each of my B rectangles, I am using the chain-piecing method to stitch these together on the diagonal line. I find that if I place my needle just to the right of my drawn line I am better able to achieve the correct finished size.
Once these are stitched I use my ruler to cut 1/4 inch away from my stitching.
Time to press. It is especially important to press these pieces and not iron them.
Basically, I try not to move my iron around on the fabric,
but rather just set it on the fabric to press it along the seam.
Now I repeat the process with another A square
making sure I have my diagonal line going in the right direction.
Once everything is trimmed and pressed I check to see that I have the correct size
-yes, 2"x 3 1/2"-perfect. That makes me happy! Unit #1 is done.
The process is repeated with the C rectangles using A squares on one end
and D squares on the other. This photo gives a better look at where I try to
place my needle; right next to the line I have drawn.
Checking to see that my unit#2's also measure 2" x 3 1/2." Looking good.
Now to lay out the units according to Lynne's design for this block.
Chain-piecing the units together.
Once again laying my pieces out to make sure I have them in the right order.
Whenever I come to bulky seams like these, I slow way down. It also helps to have something to guide the pressed seams under the foot.
I am feeling very good about how this is coming together.
Just need to sew the two sections together now.
A little pin placed where the center seams meet helps hold them in place.
Again, I slow way down when I come to this bulky seam and stitch right up to the pin.
With my needle in the down position I gently remove the pin and continue sewing.
I also am looking at the little intersection of seams here and trying
to land my needle right on that point.
It's a beauty, and measures 6 1/2 inches too.
That center seam is pretty thick so I have fanned open the seams to eliminate that pesky lump in the middle.
A zoomed in view of the middle seam.
There were enough leftover pieces from trimming units 1 and 2 to try my hand a mini quilt block. What fun that was!
I hope that this tutorial has helped you on your own Blockhead journey. I plan to continue to share how I am putting my blocks together. So, until next time...
Please note: The Snowman BOM started June 2018 and will run through June 2019. Blocks are released the first Monday of each month.
The 2019 BOM Just Desserts begins February 15th and each new block will be released on the 15th of each month.
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