Tuesday, June 12, 2012

More from the farm- #44

Sorry for my lack of blogging lately.  I have been trying to get caught up in other areas. 


 Gentleman's Fancy 


Color 1
  • 1- 2 1/2" square
  • 8- 2" finished triangles (2 1/2" Strip)
Color 2
  • 4- 2" finished Quarter Squares (1 1/2" Strip cut with Companion Angle)
  • 4- 1 1/2" X 5 1/2" rectangles
 I think square in a square is a hard block to keep square.  Check frequently as you add the rounds to make sure the block is still square.  One tip is to put a little crease at the midpoint of the pieces you are sewing.  Line up those creases when you join the pieces.
Start sewing by adding the quarter squares to the center square; then add the 2" finished triangles to that unit.  I always add opposite sides and then press.  Join the pieces with the triangle piece on on the bottom (next to the feed dogs).  Your quarter inch should be right where you see the "x".  You can use that as your target.  Your unit should measure 5 1/2" SQUARE.  Did you check?
Add the 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangles in the same way.  Your rectangles should extend beyond the block, but they won't go all the way to the edge.  Place the easy angle on top of the block.  The stitch line should be exactly on the corner, the edge of the ruler is 1/4" beyond that.  You also need to line up with the seam line of the 1 1/2" strips.  (see how the 3 1/4" line is square on both the top and the left edge).  Trim off the excess and add the remaining 4 triangles. 
Another one completed! This one went together really well for me.

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