Well the first colour for Jen's challenge is green and here is my block. Sorry it is such a long post but I thought pictures might make it easier.
Quite a simple and easy block to make but must say one thing Jen didn't warn me was to make sure that when I choose fabrics check that they are actually the colour I think they are. As you know from my post two days ago I have been rather rushed lately .... hey I only returned from visiting my boys overseas three days ago so there is an excuse for the rush. On the point of colour if you look closely at the small triangles surrounding the central square in a square you will see that it is a different fabric from the other florals.
I foundation pieced my block as I was in such a rush and figured that they way my mind was racing that would be the only chance I had to make it right. Now if you want to change your pattern to a foundation pieced version go over to Jen's blog and download her pattern.
1. Grab your sheet of graph paper and draw either a 6'' square or 12'' square depending on what size block you want to make.
2. As you can see from the first diagram in step 4 this block is based on a nine patch so draw those lines on your graph paper.
3. Now working you way through each individual square draw in the lines as shown by Jen.
4. Now you need to split your block into three sections/rows as shown in the first diagram.
Each section is pieced in turn and then the three sections are joined together as shown in the diagram.
5. Start each strip in the middle and piece outwards.
6. Remember that for foundation piecing you need 1/2'' seam allowance ... this might explain why I ran out of fabric as I had forgotten this when planning .. oops
The 1/2'' seam allowance is very important for the triangles in particular, 1/4'' doesn't give you enough room for error.
7. Also remember to drop your stitch length down. I usually use 2.4 but for foundation piecing I use 1.6. This is particularly important when it comes to ripping out the papers.
8. Oh talking about papers using a thinner paper makes it easier to remove the paper at the end.
Now for some step by step pics to show how I made it.
Remember the fabric goes on the unmarked side of the paper and you stitch on the marked lines.
Always start and stop at least 1/4'' beyond the end of the line.
If you look closely at my diagrams you can see the numbers on the papers .... copy these if you need .. add the fabrics in the numbered order.
you should have two strips like this.
Add triangles to opposite sides of the centre square
Press flat, trim then add fabric to remaining sides of the square
Press fabric then trim
Add strips to both sides
Trim both long sides only
Layout to check that
everything is correct
Remove paper from centre strip
Sew strips together with paper side up
Remove the papers, press and then trim
Place your seams parallel to the marked lines on your ruler. If all is good they should be parallel .. if not then line it up as best you can. Even though I foundation pieced my block the design section turned out a smidgen smaller than the supposed to 6'' ... no one will be able to tell so I'm not stressed. I have still cut the block to 6 1/2''
last ... finally ... I do hope these photos have helped you
|Look at the stitches on the seam beside.|
I accidentally used my standard stitch length and so when pulling out the papers the stitching became distorted.
It is worth remembering to decrease your stitch length.
|As you can see from this seam there is minimal distortion here and the only difference is the stitch length ..... worth the effort isn't it?|