So let's begin...
Block # 1 Churn Dash ( 6 inches finished)
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2 - 2 7/8 inch squares from background fabric for half square triangles
2 - 2 7/8 inch squares from main fabric for hst
1 - 2 1/2 inch square from background fabric for center
4 - 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangles from main fabric
4 - 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangles from background fabric
When your pieces are cut the next step is to draw your sewing line onto the WRONG side of your fabric 1/4 inch away from the edge. I try to go with a scant 1/4 inch here. I prefer to use a mechanical pencil for this.
Do that to all of your pieces and then draw a diagonal line on all of the 2 7/8 inch squares. Draw a sewing line 1/4 inch away from the diagonal line on each side. Then you can cut your piece on the center diagonal line.
I am using red thread so you can see my stitches here. I use a single thread (left loose on one end). I knot the end twice so I know it won't pull through my fabric.
I use a running stitch and try to make smallish stitches.
When you come the last stitch at the end of your piece take 3 more stitches on top of the last one. That is enough to secure your thread.
Here is the first completed HST (half square triangle). I really like the bit of rippling, bubbling, whatever you want to call it, on the seam line. I think it adds to the charm of hand piecing.
Sew all of your HST's and rectangular pieces together like this.
Then sew your pieces together in rows like this.
Lastly sew your rows together making sure to match, or butt, your seams together. I like to press the hst's toward the center in those rows and for the middle row I like to press the center out towards the rectangles.
Now you have one completed block for our quilt along. Isn't it pretty!?
I'm excited to see the blocks from everyone who joins along. I'll try to put a linky tool thing after next week's post. I also started a little flickr group for the quilt along, a place where we can give tips and encouragement! Please come over and join the group. I'll be lonely there all by myself .
Have a great weekend and lots of fun sewing block # 1 !!!