Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A favourite of mine

Monkey Wrench.  It looks so hard and it’s not.
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Fabrics…….a strip of fabric cut 7” wide which will then be sub-cut into smaller pieces.
……………….a strip of focal fabric cut 7” wide which will then be sub-cut into smaller pieces.
For each of the fabrics cut
2……2--7/8” squares…… will have 2 background and 2 focal
1…….3--7/8” square and then cut on the diagonal ONCE
1…….5--1/8” square and then cut on the diagonal ONCE
1……7” square and then cut on the diagonal once.
Lay these fabrics on a flat surface in order as you cut them.
This picture was taken before I noticed a better way to cut the fabric.  That’s why my pieces look larger than yours will.  Follow the instructions above for cutting.
1.  With the four squares – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” make a four patch, pressing the seams to the darkest fabric.
2.  Lay the four patch on a flat surface turning it so it looks like a diamond.  diamond shape
3.  Starting with your 3 7/8” pieces of your focal fabric, pin them in place (nos 1 and 2 on the diagram) and stitch.  These edges are bias so don’t stretch them.
4.  Press them back and then sew the background fabric pieces on to the block.  Nos. 3 and 4 in the diagram.
5. Lay your block down again in the same position,  with the centre looking like a diamond. Using the pieces from the 5 1/8” cuts, you will now add the first focal fabric to the top anmonkey wrench 001 - Copy (4)d one to the bottom( numbers 1 and 2.  The background pieces will be sewn onto the sides of the block…..numbers 3 and 4.
Now you can see that we are sort of going around in circles but making a square.
5.  The last pieces are now ready to be sewn down.
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Starting once again with the focal fabric sew them to the top and bottom in opposite corners of the block.  Press and then do the background numbers 3 and 4.
6.  Trim away any excess.  Put any extra fabric in a storage bag in case you need it later and put the block with the first block for storage.
A PDF is available. Click here to download. A watermark will appear on the instructions sheets. They are copyright!
All blocks for this quilt are from Electric Quilt 7

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