Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A whole month! (And a block tutorial!)

Oh. My. Gosh. You. Guys.

It's been a month since I posted. Shame on me!! I cannot even describe how much sewing I've done in the past month. I literally made my fingers bleed! (Caught my fingernail with the up motion of my needle bar. That was a new experience!)

But the nice thing is that I have tons and tons to show you.

Since I owe you a tutorial for that block I posted back in November, I figured now would be a good time to do it. Plus, it's Candi's challenge of the month, and I'm running out of time!
Remember this block?


It still doesn't have a name. Feel free to shout out some suggestions.
Despite its lack of name, it is very easy to construct.

We're going to start with FOUR 7.5" squares of prints, and FOUR 6.5" squares of white
(pretend there is some white there, eh?)

Pairing up the prints so you have two sets, stitch according to Julie's HST tutorial.

Cut apart:

Press, and trim down to 6.5" even:

Once you have your individual half-square triangles assembled, you're going to want to take your FOUR 6.5" white squares, and press them in half diagonally, so you're looking at a folded triangle, as shown on top of the HST blocks here:

Using a 1/8" seam, baste one of the folded squares to the top of each HST, again, as shown above. Make sure that the line of your white square is perpendicular to your center seam on your HST! Baste the OUTSIDE ONLY. Do not stitch the center line yet!
When you've basted, you'll be looking at these:

Now, set those puppies up in a four-patch, with the points meeting in the center. Much like a pinwheel, but since we're dealing with four separate fabrics, it won't much resemble an actual pinwheel.
Once you have your block fully assembled, it's time to peel back the corners of the pie pieces to reveal the curve. Since the fold of your white fabric is on the bias, it creates a natural curve. Don't believe me? Just pull it back a bit - it'll curve! Stitch them down into place like so:

and make sure you've got all four stitched! Once you've finished these curves, your block is complete!

Linking up to Candi's monthly challenge!


Anonymous said...

Ahhh, I was wondering how you made the curve! Love it!!!

@pril said...

Very nice block. I'm gonna have to try this. Adding it to my blog's list of blocks I want to try.


Mr. Klein said...

This is really similar to some of the other cathedral quilts in techniques. I pinned some on my sewing pin board:

I will definitely be pinning this one as well to make along with the other cathedral blocks I'm planning.

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