It’s design wall Monday and here is my scrap quilt again 🙂 I have six of the 17 “B” blocks together. I’ve taken them down from the design wall so this is the last time you’ll have to see them until the quilt is together 😉 Don’t forget to stop by Judy’s DWM post to see what other projects are in the works.
I also did a couple more test blocks using the method described by Jeanie in the comments of my earlier post here.
Jeanie figured out how to make these blocks without ending up with biased edges. Jeanie said, “Anita Estes longarm quilter had a similar blk on her blog recently. It was different but along the same lines of ‘backward piecing’. Following Jeanie’s directions, here’s what I did.
Cut two 12 1/2″ squares of contrasting fabric.
Then make two half square triangles from the squares.
Then layer the two half square triangles (see picture) and make two hourglass blocks.
Next cut 1 1/2″ from the center line on each of the two hourglass blocks but make sure they are cut so the fabrics are alternating. See how the dark fabric is on top in the left one and the light fabric is on top in the right one?
Now flip the pieces and sew.
Repeat with the other side cutting 1 1/2″ from the center on both squares, flipping the pieces and sewing to get these blocks.
If you open the seams and iron them to alternating sides, twirling the seams, it will reduce the bulk.
Next, cut 1 1/2″ from the center line perpendicular from the seams you just did, flip the pieces & sew. Cut 1 1/2″ from the center on the opposite side, flip the pieces & sew.
Important, DO NOT cut the when you’ve just gotten off the phone to find out if the installers are going to show up because you took the day off especially for them to come…..you will cut 1 1/2″ away from the seam you just sewed, have to sew it back together again, and end up with an owie in your block.
Here’s the blocks after cutting & sewing the second center line.
Jeanie trimmed her’s to 10″ so I did too but there’s a bit of a gap were my owie occurred. This took a little longer than the block that’s in Quiltmaker Magazine but you end up with two blocks versus one and no bias edges. So there is backwards sewing as described by Jeanie & Anita Estes 🙂