|LESSON # 8 A4A QUILT-ALONG|
|LESSON # 8 ATTACHED TO LESSON # 5|
I also discovered that I can use my new June Tailor Perfect Half Square and Quarter Square Triangle ruler to accurately trim the four patch units in this block. I just put the X of the ruler on the centre + of the four patch unit and trimmed each side - voila! perfect little four patch block (I had cut my squares slightly larger than 2" to allow for trimming.
|You will have to imagine a four patch unit here instead|
of the HST. See the X in the centre, I just positioned that
over the + of the four patch unit.
This ruler will allow you to trim anything up to 6-1/2"
The more I sew on my Singer 201K Knee-shift machine, the more I love it! There is something about sewing on such an old machine that just makes you relax and enjoy the process! I find myself wanting to sew on it more and more, so will plan another project to fill in the days between the A4A block postings.
Today I am quilting the baby quilt, and should get that done fairly quickly as I'm only doing diagonal lines through the plain blocks and some box quilting around the toy loops. I decided to use up the leftover fabrics from making this quilt for the backing (it is a floor quilt, so the backing didn't need to be anything fancy!)
I have joined the Swoon craze! Here is my first 'test' block.....
I started this block a few weeks ago and then put it aside - big mistake! there is a lot of cutting, pressing and sewing with this very large block (24-1/2" Square) and trust me, you can get yourself lost! I can see that I pieced one corner in the wrong order (only the seam pressing gives this away). I also found out that I am not that great at making flying geese blocks so of course, what's a girl to do? of course ! buy a ruler that will help with that :-) I have ordered the 'WingClipper' ruler by Deb Tucker - it sounds like just what I need! I do like the method of making larger and then trimming down and this ruler does just that! I plan to make my 'real' SWOON blocks out of my stash of Flea Market Fancy fabrics, just hope I have enough in each piece as I think I've taken a little bit off some of the fat quarters and you really do need every bit of a fat quarter for this block. The SWOON block also gives me another opportunity to use the June Tailor ruler - lots of HST's.
FABRICS USED IN LESSON 8:-
BROWN CONTRAST FABRIC - "MONOCHROMATIX" BY PATRICK LOSE FOR ROBERT KAUFMAN
GREEN - "FUNKY FLOWERS" BY LINDA LUM DEBONO FOR HENRY GLASS FABRICS
WHITE FLORAL - BROOK BY CP DESIGNS FOR STUDIO e FLORAL TURQUOISE
MOCHA/GREY - RILEY BLAKE DESIGNS Andrea Victoria Grey Essential Dots