Weekend sewing...and a winner

How is it that Monday creeps up so quickly these days? And how is it possible that there's less than  month left of my munchkin's kindergarten school year? The days are flying by around here, and that's certainly in part to a good bit of secret sewing going on in my neck of the woods, and I'm sure the other part contributing to the fast pace of time is just life. It's amazing to me that it's already May, it feels like it was January just five minutes ago!

In any case, this past weekend was a good one, filled with some quality time with the kiddo and a fair bit of sewing as well, in spite of the horse fly that invaded my sewing room Friday night. Thankfully I was able to shoo the fly (no quilty pun intended!) and get some nice sewing done in peace. This little house block is heading off to Quiltmaker headquarters for a fun project they're putting together, and you can find the pattern in Volume 8 of their 100 Blocks series, block #783 designed by Lori Holt.

Home Sweet Home block for Quiltmaker

I even managed to do a little bit of selfish sewing this weekend, which was so nice. I started on this quilt back at The Stash Bash - I had decided before I left that the time had come for me to make a KJR (Katie Jump Rope) quilt. Making the first cut was a teeny bit painful, but it felt good to finally start using something I had loved and hoarded for so long. I decided that a simple block would be best, so I could have large chunks of the prints I love so much, and so that's how I wound up with this work in progress. I think I've made somewhere around 50-something blocks now, so I think I'll wrap it up and sew them together this week. For now, it's fun to play around with the layout.

Katie Jump Rope quilt in progress

And I owe you all a winner - the winner of Volume 9 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks issue is Michele! Congratulations, Michele, I'll be emailing you shortly to get your mailing info. Have a wonderful day today everyone :)

Cathedral Star block tutorial

Hello there! Happy Monday to you :) I owe you guys a winner for the copy of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, and the lucky winner is commenter #62, the fabulous Diane from Random Thoughts...Do or Di. Congrats, Di!

And now, welcome to the seventh block of the Cathedral Windows Quilt Along :) I'm going to show you how to make a Cathedral Star block, using two different kinds of units: a faux cathedral window for the center and "cathedral" geese for the star points.


Here's what you'll need:
Fabric A (focal print)
* (1) 3 1/4" square for center of star - feel free to fussy cut!
* (12) 3 1/2" squares

Fabric B (brown)
* (1) 6 1/2" squares
* (4) 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"
* (4) 3 1/2" squares

Piecing the Cathedral Geese:
1. To piece the cathedral geese, begin with one 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle of Fabric B, which is my brown solid for me and two 3 1/2" squares of Fabric A, which is my blue Summersville print. We're going to be making a sandwich of sorts with these three pieces of fabric.

Start by laying one Fabric A square right side up. Fold the long side of rectangle of Fabric B, wrong sides together, and lay on top of your square, with the fold away from you, and the raw edges aligned on the right side. The fold will not line up with the square! This is okay, I promise, it's important for that fold to not line up.

NOTE: My photos for this part of the tutorial show me using my fabrics backwards - to match my finished block, your folded rectangle will be Fabric B!

Next, lay another 3 1/2" square of Fabric A on top to finish off your sandwich. Be sure to keep the raw edges aligned as you move to your sewing machine and stitch a scant 1/4" along that right side.



2. Finger press the seam you just created open, then set with a dry iron. 

3. Next, begin to open up your cathedral geese unit. Slide your finger underneath Fabric B, which will be your "goose", and grab the loose corner. Begin to pull that corner to the right Fabric A square, as shown below. 





4. Finger press the goose in place, then press with a hot, dry iron.


5. To create the curves, grab the pressed edge of your goose and begin to fold it over as much or as little as desired. Experiment here, find what you what you like! You've got lots of wiggle room with these blocks.


To get your curve to stay in place, you can set with a hot, dry iron and pin in place.


Repeat for the other side of your goose.


6. Topstitch your curve in place, stitching close to the edge. When you get to the top of the left curve, travel over to the right curve, making sure to pause with the needle down when you pivot.




7. Repeat steps 1-6 to create a total of four cathedral geese. Remember - my photos are the reverse of what you will be sewing! This was a photo error on my part :)

Piecing the Center Square:
1. Place one 3 1/2" square of Fabric A right side up on your cutting mat. Next, take the 6 1/2" square of Fabric B and fold in half, wrong sides together. This square will become the fabric we fold down to create the cathedral window effect for this unit. Lay the folded rectangle on top of the Fabric A square, with the fold away from you, aligning the raw edges on the bottom and right side. Again, just as we saw with the cathedral geese, the fold will not line up with the square, and this is A-OK.


Next, place another 3 1/2" square of Fabric A on top of two fabrics, right side down, aligning the raw edges again on the bottom and right side. Carry carefully to your sewing machine, and sew a scant 1/4" seam along that right side.



2. Don't press yet, we're not quite done! Bring your sewn unit back to the cutting table and grab another 3 1/2" square of Fabric A. Set it right side up on your cutting mat. Take the folded and partially sewn Fabric B/Fabric A unit and place on top, with the fold away from you, just as you did before, with the seam you just created on your left, and aligning the raw edges on the right and bottom sides. Then, place one more 3 1/2" Fabric A square on top, right side down. Carry this new sandwich to your sewing machine and sew a scant 1/4" seam to finish this unit.

3. Open up those two seams you've created and finger press the seams open as best as you can. Set these seams with a nice hot, dry iron. Next, try to pull your four Fabric A squares together in a four-patch formation. Your Fabric B will start to turn itself into a diamond shape. Make sure to pull your diamond out and finger press the diamond edges, but don't worry about pressing with your iron just yet.


4. Close your four-patch/diamond unit onto itself, right sides together, and be sure to line up that center seam. Sew a scant 1/4" seam along that raw edge where the diamond is - not the opposite side!


5. Press that last seam open, then flip your unit over and press the front side, taking care to press your diamond nicely.


6. Place your center square in the middle of the diamond. Fold the edges of your diamond down carefully to create curves over top of the center square, just as you did with the cathedral geese. Use a dry, hot iron to press the curves in place and pin.


7. Stitch each curve in place, moving slowly and making sure to always stop with the needle down when pivoting at each peak.


Putting it All Together:

1. Play around with your block layout, deciding where you want to place your cathedral geese in relation to your center unit. Sew the right and left cathedral geese to your center square, and press seams open.


Then sew a 3 1/2" square of Fabric B on either side of both the top and bottom cathedral geese. Press seams open, then sew the top and bottom geese/square units to the center to complete the block.

2. Ta da! A finished 12 1/2" Cathedral Star block!


Would you like to download a PDF of this tutorial? Pop on over here to download a copy.

Stay tuned for additional blocks in the Cathedral Windows Quilt Along. Kim of My Go-Go Life will be sharing the next block. If you make a Cathedral Star block of your own, I'd love to see it in the Cathedral Windows Quilt Along Flickr Group, as well as the Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy Flickr Group! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you have a great day :)

Radiant Ring block tutorial

Sorry for dropping off the face of the blogosphere this last week - thanks to those of you who wrote to me with your concern :)  I am indeed A-OK, just spent a lot of time enjoying our early summer weather here in Florida, before the inevitable 90 degree temperatures set in.  Bike riding has become a new favorite activity of the munchkin's, now that he's physically gotten the hang of riding his new big boy bike.  To make it up to you, my wonderful readers, I've got a new block tutorial for you :)

This year, I'm having a lot of fun with the Stash Trad bee.  It's a group of amazingly talented quilters who have a love for messing with traditional blocks with a modern twist.  Lee made us a fabulously apropos button for the bee, with that very motto in mind.


April is my turn in the group, and I waffled a lot this month, thinking about what to ask the girls to make for me, and I kept coming back to the Rolling Stone block, which dates as far back as 1898, credited as being listed in the Ladies' Art Company Catalog.

Much as I like the block, I wanted to do something a little different with it, so I fooled around with the color placement, using four colors rather than two and creating an octogon or ring in the center of the block.  Then, I decided that I wanted to do something really colorful, so I played around in Illustrator until I came up with this fun layout:

Rainbow Rolling Stone variation for April

After some trial and error, I found that paper piecing the corner units of each block is the most accurate way to piece these blocks, so I've created my first paper piecing template.  It's hand-drawn because Illustrator and I couldn't seem to see eye-to-eye, but this template works great for this block.  And if you've never paper pieced, don't worry!  This is super easy-peasy paper piecing, I promise it will be painless :)

Radiant Ring block
12.5" unfinished block

This block tutorial is written for using one neutral color as well as three additional contrasting colors.  In my block, I used warm colors for color A, B, and C, but I think a scrappy version of this block would also be amazing.

4 neutral 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
4 neutral 5" square
1 orange 4.5" square
4 red colored 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
4 red colored 3.5" x 5.5" rectangles
12 yellow colored 3.5" x 5.5" rectangles

All seams are a scant 1/4" unless otherwise noted.  All paper piecing done with a 1.5mm stitch length.

1. Print four copies of the Radiant Ring Template for each block you're making.  Cut your fabric, and keep in mind that you'll be using the 3.5" x 5.5" rectangles are used for paper piecing.  This size worked nicely for me when I was piecing, but you may want to make adjustments after your first block.

2. Let's get the paper piecing out of the way.  If you've paper pieced before, this is going to be a breeze, and if you haven't, that's okay, too, I'm going to make this as simple as possible.  We're going to be making the four corner units using one template each.  First, place one neutral 5" square right side out on the back of template, making sure that your square covers the entire template square.  Pin in place, in the center.


3. Next, take one of your yellow 3.5" x 5.5" rectangles and line up the long side side so that approximately 1/4" overlaps over the seam line for part A of the template, making sure that the right side of the fabric face down onto the paper.  Pin in place, if necessary, and stitch in place.  Be sure to stitch into the seam allowance to lock the fabric in place.



4. Finger press your yellow fabric in place then press with a hot dry iron.  Flip your yellow fabric back and trim the excess neutral fabric to approximately 1/4" or so beyond the seam.  Don't worry about trimming the excess yellow fabric yet.


5. Next, flip your template back over so the template faces you.  Take another of your yellow 3.5" x 5.5" rectangles and line up the long side side, with the right side of the fabric face down onto the paper, so that approximately 1/4" overlaps over the seam line for part B of the template, which is directly across from part A. Pin in place, if necessary, and stitch in place.  Again, be sure to stitch into the seam allowance to lock the fabric in place.


6. Repeat step 5 for your final yellow rectangle, using part C of the template.

7. Flip your template back over so the template faces you again.  Take one of your red 3.5" x 5.5" rectangles and line up the long side side, with the right side of the fabric face down onto the paper, so that approximately 1/4" overlaps over the seam line for part D of the template.


Pin in place, if necessary, and stitch in place.  Again, be sure to stitch into the seam allowance to lock the fabric in place.  Press your seam open and bring your finished template over to your cutting table.


Ugly, right?  Let's fix that!

8. Place your template paper side up for this step.


Disregard the dotted line and trim all the way around the solid black square line of the template, and voila!  A simple paper pieced square in square!  Marvel at your paper piecing prowess for a moment, and then move on to the next step ;)


8. Next, let's build the other subunits for this block.  Take the four 2.5" x 4.5" neutral rectangles and pair each one with a red rectangle of the same size.  Seam each pair together and press seams open.

9. To finish your block, we're simply going to sew the nine subunits we've created together, in rows of three.  First, lay out your subunits as shown below.


Then, remove the paper from the back of your corner subunits, which should be fairly simple.  Your stitches perforated the paper, so simply fold back your paper and pull.  Repeat for all subunits.  Stitch each row of three together, then stitch the three rows together, and voila!  A finished gorgeous 12.5" block.

Rainbow Rolling Stone

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  If you make a Radiant Ring block, I sure would love to see it in my Flickr group, Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy!  Happy Monday :)

A note to the Stash Trad gang:  Please make either a Warm or Cool block, using Kona Snow as your background color, and don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. 

Modern Mini Quilt Blog Hop: Friendship Hexagon Mini and Tutorial

Hello Modern Mini blog hop friends, welcome to my little corner of blog world!  I was super honored that Jennifer asked me to share some of my miniquilts with you all today to inspire you to enter the Modern Mini Challenge.  The contest opens up in just a few short weeks, on March 5th and you can link up your entry at Ellison Lane Quilts.  I hope that you might just see something that will inspire you today, and if you do, I'd love to hear about it!

I love making minis, and I've surrounded myself with them in my sewing room, both made by me and by my friends.  One of the things I adore most about minis is that it allows you to try something new on a small scale, without committing lots of time and fabric to an idea you're might just be unsure about.  I also use minis to practice things I want to get better at doing, like hand-finishing binding and hand-quilting.

Another super fun thing about minis is that they can be really fast to make.  Sometimes quiltmaking can be a very slow process, but minis speed up that process a boatload thanks to their size.  I also love the lack of rules and guidelines for minis - they can be whatever you want them to be!  Want to make a 9" mini quilt?  Great!  Prefer something larger, more like 18" x 24"?  Go for it!

Here's what I've made to enter: the Friendship Hexagon Mini, a twist on a traditional Friendship Star block.  I worked on improving my hand-stitching, hand-binding and even tried out some new batting.  Did you know Pellon makes batting now??  Yes, the kings of interfacing have started to make batting and they've got a zillion varieties available.  I tried out their natural cotton batting, which is comparable to Warm & Natural, and really enjoyed working with it.  The hand and drape of it is just fantastic and it was so easy to sew with!!  I definitely recommend it if you come across it in your travels to your local quilt shop or Jo-Ann's.

Friendship Hexagon mini - full

Friendship Hexagon Mini - detail 1

Want to make your own Friendship Hexagon block?  Here's a super easy tutorial to follow for a 12.5" unfinished block.

12.5" unfinished
all seams are 1/4" unless otherwise noted

mini note: Want to make a mini block?  Divide all of the measurements in half to create a 6 1/4" unfinished block!

1. Cut your fabric as follows:
Yellow (accent fabric) - one 7 1/4" square
Dark blue - one 7 1/4" squares
Medium blue - one 7 1/4" squares
Light blue (star) - one 7 1/4" square and one 4 1/2"

2. Pair one yellow square with one medium blue square and sew 1/4" all the way around.  Repeat with one medium blue square and one dark blue square.

3. Bring your sewn pairs to your cutting table and make two diagonal cuts across the corners of each pair as shown below.

Friendship Hexagon block tutorial - detail 1

4. Press your new HSTs.  I press with seams open, but do what works best for you here.

5. Trim your HSTs to a uniform 4 1/2".

Friendship Hexagon block tutorial - detail 2

6. Lay out your HSTs with your one remaining light blue square and sew together in rows to complete your block.  Press well.

Friendship Hexagon block tutorial

Still need some more inspiration?  I've made a lot of minis over the last two years, here's a few of my personal favorites:

Have I convinced you to make a mini for the challenge yet?  I sure hope so :)
Mark your calendar!  Here's how the challenge is going down...
2/6/12 - 2/19/12 
Weeks 1 & 2 - Inspiration Weeks - Modern Mini Challenge Blog Hop  
Bloggers share their modern minis and kick-start your creativity. Get inspired, get creative, get those ideas flowing!
2/20/12 - 3/4/12 
Weeks 3 & 4 - Sew. Sew. Sew! 
Work on those minis and create your Modern Mini Challenge piece. 
3/5/12 - 3/9/12 
Week 5: Enter the Contest!
Link up your Modern Mini Challenge piece at Ellison Lane Quilts. Voting begins that week and winners are announced on February 9th!

Get out your sketch book - you don't want to miss your chance to win one of the 5 fabulous prizes

A BIG THANKS goes out to Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop for generously sponsoring all five of our fabulous prizes. 

The five winners will be chosen as follows: 
James’ choice (my husband chooses his favorite) 
Viewer’s choice Mug Rugs
Viewer’s choice Mini Quilts 
(mug rugs and mini quilts- the viewers choose from a selection chosen by myself and three other bloggers) 
Luck of the Draw (Random Number Generator chooses 2 winners)
So what are those fabulous five prizes? Hold on to your hats! 

Viewer’s Choice Winners will receive a fat quarter bundle of the FULL LINE of Flea Market Fancy reprint by Denyse Schmidt.   James’ Choice Winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.  Both Luck of the Draw Winners will receive a $75 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

I hope you'll make something for the challenge, I think it's going to be a lot of fun!  Looking for more inspiration?  Check out the rest of the inspiration posts at the blogs below to get your creative juices flowing!

2/6: Stitchery Dickory Dock

For more contest details, visit Ellison Lane Quilts for the nitty gritty details!

Star Crossed Block Tutorial

I was super excited to get a package in the mail last week from Betz White, a fellow former Betsy.  Last fall, she introduced her new fabric line, Stitch, for Robert Kaufman, and she sent some along to me to play around with.  I had a lot of fun finding the block I wanted to use, and I'm really happy to share this tutorial with you.  This block has been called many things over the years, dating as far back as 1907, from a Friendship block to a Hearth and Home block, but I think Star Crossed might be a better name for it, so that's what I'm calling it.

For a 10 1/2" block, you'll need:
2 contrasting printed fabrics
1 background fabric

Cutting Instructions
focus fabric:
two 2 1/2" squares
one 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle

contrast print:
eight 2 1/2" squares
two 4 1/4" squares

four 2 1/2" squares
two 4 1/4" squares

note: all seams are a scant 1/4" unless otherwise noted

Block Assembly
1. First, let's make some HSTs.  Pair up one background 4 1/4" square with a contrast print square, and sew all the way around.  Bring your newly sewn pair of squares over to your cutting mat and make two diagonal cuts as shown below, cutting from corner to corner.

2. Press seams open for your new HSTs and bring them back to the cutting mat.  Using a ruler with a 45 degree angle marking, line up your HST along the center seam and trim to 2 1/2".

3. Lay out your HSTs along with the various 2 1/2" squares as shown below.

4. Sewing in pairs, stitch the squares of each row together, then sew each row together to finish the block.  Press seams open and voila, a finished block!

Star Crossed quilt block tutorial - new on the blog today Star Crossed block #2  

If you make one of these blocks, I sure would love to see it!  You can add it to my Flickr group, Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy!

You can find Betz's awesome Stitch line at Fat Quarter Shop, Sew Mama Sew, as well as Fabric.com, and you'll be seeing more of it as I work on this quilt!  Thank you, Betz, I've really enjoyed playing with your fabric so far!

It's All About the Presents Block Tutorial

Welcome to my little corner of blogland for my block in the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler Quilt Along!  Thanks, Sara, for asking me to contribute!  Today, we'll be making a cute present block, which I've called It's All About the Presents.  I can remember, as a little kid, obsessing about presents at Christmastime.  Despite our often bumpy family finances growing up, my parents always managed to make Christmas memorable.  In our house, Christmas meant a lot of things - it meant making Christmas cookies with my mother, attempting to Christmas shop with my father who despised shopping, wrapping presents in a way that would make Martha Stewart proud with my mother, waking my dad up on Christmas morning when I inevitably, as the baby of the family, woke up at 6am.  Christmas really isn't all about the presents, it's about family...but it sure is fun to wrap up some pretty presents, especially with fabric!!  Let's get to some sewing, shall we?


It's All About the Presents Block Tutorial
Block size: 12.5" unfinished

You'll need:
Various red and green printed scraps
Various scraps solid red at least 1.5" wide
Various scraps solid green at least 1.5" wide
1 fat quarter of white/neutral

Note: You will use a 1/4" seam for all piecing in this block tutorial.

1. Start by ironing your scraps and sorting them by size and color.  You'll be making two rectangular log cabins from each color.  First, find a rectangular piece you'd like to feature in the center of your log cabin.  It should be approximately 2" x 3".  Next, find coordinating scraps to go around your rectangle, with various widths for visual interest.  My narrowest width in the block below is 1.5", and the widest is 2.5".


2. Seam your log cabin together, taking one log at a time in a clockwise fashion and pressing your seams open as you go, like so...




3. Next, bring your log cabin over to your cutting and mat and trim it down to 4" tall by 5" wide.  Find the center point of the width your log cabin, which would be the 2.5" point.  Cut down the center, creating two pieces measuring 2.5" wide by 4" tall.


4. Let's add in a strip of ribbon.  Take a 1" x 4" strip of a solid holiday color and seam it to one side of your halved log cabin.  You can then flip the other side of the log cabin over, to create a different patchwork look to your present before seaming it to the opposite side of your ribbon.  Press seams open.


5. To create the ribbon at the top of your presents, take one neutral 1.5" square and pair it with a 1.5" square of your ribbon color.  Draw a line down the diagonal center of your neutral square and place right sides together with your ribbon square.  Seam a scant 1/4" seam on either side of the line you've drawn, and then cut down the line to create two HSTs.  Press seams open and then trim each HST to a 1" square.


Take your two ribbon HSTs and place together as shown below.  Seam together.


Next, cut two rectangles from your neutral solid, measuring 1" x 1.75".  Seam one on either side of your ribbon to create a strip of ribbon 1" x 5" to go on top of your present.


6. From your neutral solid, cut one 1.25" x 6.5" rectangle (for the top of your present), one 1.75" x 6.5" rectangle (for the bottom of your present), and two 1.25" x 4.5" rectangles (for the sides of your present).


First, add the side neutral rectangles to your present.  After you press seams open, add the top and bottom rectangles, making sure to use the skinny one for the top.


Repeat steps 1-6 for the other three quadrants of the block.


Place your four mini-blocks in an order you're happy with, then seam each right/left pair together.  Press seams open, and seam each row together, pressing your final seams open, creating a complete 12.5" block. 

Ta da!  


I hope you enjoyed this little block tutorial, I had a lot of fun making it for you.  Don't forget, there are still plenty of days left in the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler Quilt-Along.  Here's the schedule for the quilt-along, and I do hope you'll join in!

Oct 25 - Julianna @ Projektownia Jednoiglec
Oct 27 - Sara @ Sew Sweetness
Nov 1 - Kaelin @ The Plaid Scottie
Nov 3 - Jennie @ Clover and Violet
Nov 8 - Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy
Nov 10 - Riel @ The Q and the U
Nov 15 - Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
Nov 17 - Lindsay @ Lindsay Sews
Nov 22 - Jessica @ SewCraftyJess
Nov 23 - Sarah @ Fairy Face Designs
Nov 29 - Heather & Megan @ Quilt Story
Dec 1 - Kim @ My Go Go Life

Merry Christmas to you and happy sewing!

Tutorial: Modern Scrappy Stacked Wedges Block

Modern Scrappy Stacked Wedges block - with a tutorial!

Do you have lots of scraps?  I'm all about using up scraps, using my stash whenever I can.  I dreamed up this block back in December when I was sketching quilts for my brand new niece and nephew, but I didn't feel the love for my sketch at first.  Then, when I was trying to come up with a block for my 3x6 beehive this quarter, I revisited my sketchbook and gave the sketch more thought, and re-sketched it, made a few tweaks, and I was in love.  This is a very simple block to put together, using various sized scraps and a little bit of neutral sashing.  If you have any questions or comments on this tutorial, don't hesitate to let me know!

Modern Scrappy Stacked Wedges 12.5" Quilt Block Tutorial

Materials and Cutting Instructions:
1. Scraps - Your scraps should range in length from 3" to 9."  You can stick with a uniform width or use a variety of widths to give more variety to the block.
2. Neutral solid - Cut five pieces from your neutral solid scraps:
          2 - 1.5" x 11"
          2 - 1.5" x 12.5"
          1 - 1.5" x 14"

Sewing Instructions:
1. Sort out your scraps and create two stacked wedges with your scraps.  For your first stack, line up the scraps on the left side and put the shortest pieces at the top of your stack and the smallest at the bottom.  For your second stack, line up the scraps on the right side, putting the shortest pieces on the bottom of your stack and the smallest at the top.


2. Using a quarter-inch seam, sew your two stacks together, string by string.  Press seams open.



3. Lay your finished stacks on your cutting table.   Starting with your first stack, with the raw edges lined up on the left side, square up that left side.  To square up the top and bottom, make sure your stack measure 11".  Next, take your ruler, and at the top of the stack, measure 8.5" from the left top side.  Line your ruler up here, sloping down toward the bottom of your stack, where you will stop the ruler 2.5" from the left bottom side of the stack.  Confused?  Check my stack below:


Cut along that sloped edge, making sure your ruler is 8.5" from the top edge of the stack and 2.5" from the bottom edge of the stack.


4. Now, we'll do the reverse for your second stack.  First, square up that right side, where you matched up the raw edges.  Next, square up the top and bottom of your stack to 11".


Starting at the top of your block, measure 2.5" from the top right side of your block and place your ruler there.  Slope your ruler down your stack, all the way down to the bottom of your stack, 8.5" from the right bottom side of the stack. Again, check the picture below:


Cut along the slope you've created with your ruler.

Ta da!  Two stacked wedges!


NOTE: Make sure to line up your stacks as opposites - one with the long strip at the top and the other with the long strip at the bottom, because if you're moving too fast and not paying attention (as I am sometimes prone to do), you can wind up with this...


5. Line up your 1.5" x 14" strip of neutral solid with the slope of one stack.  Make sure to line up the fabrics at the seam allowance.


6. Seam the other side of your neutral solid to the other stack, just as you did with the first stack.  Press seams open.


7. Take out your ruler and trim any excess.  Your block center should now be 11" square.

8. Add your 1" x 11" strips of sashing to the top and bottom of the block.  Press seams open, then add your 1" x 12.5" strips, and press those seams open as well. Trim if necessary to a uniform 12.5" square.


Ta da!  A finished 12.5" block!  If you make this block, I'd love to see it, please shoot me an email or a comment!