Block 2 looks like fun. This is Aunt Dinah designed by Betsy Chutchian
and you can find the pattern on her blog here:
All of my pieces have been cut and starched and I am ready to start sewing.
I usually try to avoid sewing triangles, but I am feeling brave so will follow the directions
and... gulp...cut my A squares on the diagonal.
Betsy directs us to sew two A triangles to a B square-okay then, a chain-piecing I will go.
One side is done. Just need to lay the second triangle in place and sew together.
Before pressing I trim off the little extra bits.
A word on pressing.
In the first photo I am "setting" the seam. Simply set the hot iron on top of the piece I have just sewn without opening up the piece. Since these triangles are sewn on the bias
I need to take care not to distort the seam by aggressively ironing.
Instead I gently press the triangle open in the second photo.
The C squares need to be cut into triangles too.
They will then be sewn to the units I just made. (My C triangles look a little more green here, oh well-they really are that cheery yellow.)
By sewing with the pieced unit on top I can watch that my needle goes right over the X made by the previous seams ensuring perfect points. At least when all goes as planned.
Those little bits will be trimmed off and then I check
to see if my unit measures 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.
It is always exciting to start putting the block together on my design wall.
Here the units I just made are in place.
Now I need to work on the second unit for this block using my D and E squares.
These need to be cut on the diagonal twice giving me four triangles.
Making sure I have the triangles in the right order before sewing.
It is important that the D and E triangles are laid out exactly like this.
Now that those are stitched and pressed I need to add an F triangle to complete this unit.
Tip: I sew with my needle in the down position;
use leaders and enders (scraps of material) to start and end my chain piecing;
When adding a new piece I butt it right up to my needle and then start sewing.
These things have solved the issues I used to have when joining small pieces.
Okay, those units are done. I have trimmed off the little points and checked to see that they measure 2 1/2 inches square. Looks like I am good to go.
Time to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together.
Excitement mounts as I start to join the units together in rows.
I pressed the rows in opposite directions to better line up my seams later on.
Before proceeding I also checked to make sure that my middle squares
measured 2 inches across. Good-that means I am having success with
my scant quarter inch seam and everything will fit together nicely.
Time to pin the rows together after laying them out to check that I have them the way I want.
"Nesting" the seams. I place a pin at this point to ensure my seams stay locked together.
When I reach the pin I stop with my needle in the down position and pull out the pin before continuing. Since I use a fairly small stitch length I am always hitting pins if I leave them in. Broken needles and bent pins do not make me happy.
Just like in Block 1 I am nesting the seams to reduce that lump where they all come together.
I am very happy with how my Aunt Dinah came out. Here it is joined by Block 1.
Are you joining in on the fun?
All of the photos being shared on the Moda Blockheads Facebook group are really inspiring. It is like a virtual quilt guild; full of wonderful people from all over the world who have come together to share a common love of this artform. I am looking forward to several weeks of learning new things and being challenged to improve my skills with every block.
So, until next time...
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