Monday, February 18, 2013

Shoooooooooo, fly, don’t bother me

Another block with 2 fabrics and another easy one. From your background fabric cut one (1) 7” square and also cut 4 – 4 ½” squares From your contrasting fabric cut one (1) 7” square and also cut 1 – 4 ½ “ square clip_image002Lay your 7” squares right sides together. Pin around the entire perimeter of the two squares and then stitch using a ¼” seam allowance. clip_image004Cut these two fabrics in half twice on the diagonal. Press the seam and then press open. Press the seam allowance to the darkest fabric. When you lay these blocks flat they should measure 4 ½”. If not, you can trim them. I’ll show you how once I’ve finished here. Arrange your blocks the same as the photo at the top of the page. WATCH THE PLACEMENT OF THE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES. I recommend you pin and then stitch, but that is up to you. Your finished block size should be 12 ½” x 12 ½” All the blocks for this quilt are from Electric Quilt 7. The directions belong to Bev Andersen, 2013 How to: Square up a block. Lay your block on a cutting mat and grab your 6 ½” ruler. Don’t have one, just use a different size. Every quilter should have a square ruler with the ½” measurement on it. Not a 6” ruler, but a 6 ½”. You need the ½” to allow for seam allowances. clip_image006Fold your block in half, mark the centre with a pin, and then take your ruler. Find the 45* line on the ruler and lay that on the seam……………….like you are going to stitch in the ditch. clip_image008Find the 2 ¼” marking on the ruler and line that up with the pin. Make sure that everything is nice and straight. Trim away any excess. This is actually the best way to trim away any block that has a seam allowance and that includes your flying geese, half square triangles and the list goes on.

The PDF is here. 

On another note.......

I have my clue #3 done.  I will wait patiently until 9 a.m. for clue #4

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