Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Resuming the farming - Silver Lane (#79)

It is baseball season, and I am not getting a whole lot of sewing done.  I have about 10 FW blocks already cut out.  These will work well for the little snippets of time that I have available this spring.  I am ready to take this project to the finish line.
 By this time in the project, you are experts at half square triangles - especially the 1" finished variety.  I did my block very scrappy because those were the pieces I had.  The block in the book has 5 colors.  Please use your own colors, but for clarity, I am going to give the instructions by my colors.

White (background)

  • 4 - 1 1/2" squares
  • 4 - 1" finished half squares
    •  1 1/2" strip with Easy Angle
  • 4- Quarter Triangles 1 1/2" strip with Companion Angle
  • 8 - 1 1/2" X 2 1/2" 


  • 4 - 1" finished half squares 1 1/2" strip with EA
  • 4- 1 1/2" X 2 1/2" rectangles
  • 4- 1 1/2" squares
  • 8- 1" finished half squares 1 1/2" strip with EA

There are 40 pieces, so I better get started.

Use the take away method described here to trim off the corners of the aqua rectangles.    They are mirror image, so make sure you have wrong sides together if you are cutting in pairs.  The take away method is talked about in several other posts too, so you can always type in "take away" in the search box if you forget how.  Now that you have these cut, lay out all your pieces to make sure everything is going the right direction.

Sew the 4- purple/white half squares together and square up to 1 1/2"; join in pairs, then join into a 4-patch to form a pinwheel.  I pressed all these seams open.   Add a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle to the left and right sides of the pinwheel- Press toward the rectangles.   Add a 1 1/2" square to both ends of the remaining 2 purple rectangles- press toward the rectangles, then join with the pinwheel unit.  Check to make sure it measures 4 1/2".

Join the green squares to the blue trimmed rectangles.  Add these to the white quarter triangles to make the side units- these should measure 1 1/2" x 4 1/2".  Join the remaining 4 squares to the left and right side of 2 of these units.  It is very important to sew these accurately to get everything to fit.  Make sure your aqua rectangles are exactly 2 1/2" long before you do the take away method.  If you find you are having trouble getting things to fit, Use 1 1/2" squares and use the stitch and flip method.  This may work better for you since the pieces are so small.

Add these to the pinwheel unit to complete the block.

Did you make it to the end?

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