Saturday, August 15, 2015

Dreaming in Fabric Mystery QAL-Tutorial-Block 2

A month has passed since we posted our first block; how are you enjoying digging in your scrap bins so far?

Remember, Kim from Persimon Dreams & I are each posting a tutorial today!  You will love Kim's block this month!  Pop over now & check it out: http://persimondreams.blogspot.com/2015/08/dreaming-in-fabricblock-2macintosh.html

My 2nd block for the Quilt-Along is a bit easier than last month, so I hope you enjoy that aspect of it!
This month we are again making a 12" finished block.  In my final reveal, we will use 8 of these blocks in my design.  Below is what you need to cut and stitch for ONE block. 
We'll call this one
'ROUND THE PINWHEEL
Background  (cream) 
          (4) 4.5" x 2.5" rectangles
          (2) 4 7/8" square
Color 1- dark (red) 
          (12)  2.5" squares - mark diagonal line on wrong side of 8 squares
Accent-  (yellow) 
          (8) 2.5" squares - mark diagonal line on wrong side of all 8 squares
Focal- (green) 
          (4) 4.5" x 2.5" rectangles 
          (2) 4 7/8" square - mark diagonal line on wrong side squares
{Click on any of the images to enlarge, then your browser's back button to come back to the tutorial}


Step 1: Make flying geese (FG) units:
4 cream,   (4.5" X 2.5" rectangles)
With cream rectangle right side up, place a red 2.5" square on the right edge, aligning 3 sides of the square & rectangle.  The marked diagonal line should point from the middle top of the rectangle to the bottom right as shown below:
4 green  (4.5" X 2.5" rectangles)
With green rectangle right side up, place a yellow 2.5" square on the right edge, aligning 3 sides of the square & rectangle.  The marked diagonal line should point from the middle top of the rectangle to the bottom right as shown below:
Stitch directly on the line.  If you want to stitch up your scrap triangles, move over about 1/2 an inch & stitch again.  (Here's why I do this.)

Press the right triangle open to cover the corner.  After it's pressed up, then trim away your scrap piece.  If you've stitched the scrap triangle, cut between the 2 stitches, leaving 1/4" seam allowance for both pieces.  If you haven't, estimate 1/4" or feel free to rotary cut a 1/4" seam allowance.

Place yellow 2.5" square on the left corner of the cream rectangle unit.
Place red 2.5" square on the left corner of the green rectangle unit.
Repeat stitching, pressing & cutting steps above.

Step 2:  Make HST's
Place 2 cream 4 7/8" square right side up, place green 4 7/8" square right side together (RST) with each, aligning all sides of the squares.  Stitch 1/4" from each side of the drawn line.

Cut the drawn line, press toward the green fabric.  Trim up to 4.5" squares.  This will yield 4 squares. 
 

Step 3:  Assemble Rows
I like to lay my block pieces on the table so I can see just which side to stitch. 

I know there are several quilters that don't like open seams.  You can avoid the bulk in your seam & the open seam by spinning your seams on the back side of your block.  Here's a tutorial from Moda that will help & another from the July Scrap Quilt Challenge Designer, Joan Ford.
a.  Stitch, RST the top and bottom rows of the block.  These rows are the same:
Red 2.5" square, Green FG, Cream FG, Red 2.5" square.  Stitch 2:
Stitch RST across the row.  Press seam between Geese open.  Press other two seams toward squares.


b.  Stitch the sides of the center row.  Stitch 2:
Green Flying Geese, Cream Flying Geese.  Press seam between Geese open.

c.  Stitch Pinwheel center:
Stitch RST, Press seams open

d.  Stitch FG pairs (b, above) to each side of pinwheel center.  Note the geese point away from the pinwheel.

Step 4:  Sew Block
Stitch rows RST
Sew rows together.  Press seams open or toward outer rows.

So, where am I going with this....
If you put block 1 & 2 together, you will start to see some nice secondary designs form!  I wonder which of these will be in my final layout?  Tune back in on September 15th for our final block, a 6" block, & quilt design reveal!

There are print buttons at the end of the post for easy post printing & even editing what you print.  For example, if you don't need the pictures or all the text, this option will let you save paper & ink!  When we do our final reveal, we will make a consolidated pdf of all 3 tutorials & have that on our Free Patterns page (here).

Link up your blocks here or on Kim's post.  They will show on both blogs, so you only need to link up once!

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