Good morning happy people!
A big thank you (with a cherry on top) for all of your kind comments and emails regarding
my recent tutorials...
Yes...I will continue to do them whenever
I sew a block that I think you might
like to see how I did it.
Today is a traditional Maple Leaf block:)
I have always loved this block and have made several quilts with it in the past.
I have used the method for the
half square triangles
that I have shown you in
but I thought you might be interested to see how I use easy square triangles
to sew the stem segment.
As you can see above, I also cut a solid brown square for the stem in the same size of the half square triangle squares....
and then cut 2 squares out of the background fabric "1/4" smaller" than the brown square.
This will give me a stem that is 1/2" wide.
I laid out my squares on my design board the way that I wanted to sew them together...
and then took a couple of quick pictures with my trusty iPhone so that I would be able to use them as a reference for later.
I do this all the time with my sewing...especially when I have laid out quilt blocks in rows on my livingroom floor
to sew together.
No need for labeling the blocks!
I simply snap a pic with my iPhone or iPad instead and I have it to look at as a reference while sewing segments,
blocks, or rows together...
(whatever the case may be)...
and when I'm finished...
I just delete the picture....easy peasy!
Of course this works with any kind of phone:)
I lay one of the 1/4" smaller squares on top of the brown stem square with right sides together, making sure they are lined up squarely on both sides...
and stitch from corner to corner of the background square...
After pressing and trimming
toward the triangle...
I lay the remaining background square
on the opposite side with RST...
and once again stitch from corner to corner of the background square.
I then press and trim as usual.
It looks like this...a stem!
I then made the half square triangles
just as I have shown you in
and laid it all out again on my
mini design board so that all of
the points were pointing the right way...
...and then I did a quick check on my iPhone to make sure that the colors were
where I wanted them to be before
sewing the block together.
I sewed them into rows...
And then completed the block.
Making the stem like this is a very easy method to use in any block with a stem
and I have used it throughout
the years in many of my quilt patterns.
I hope you liked the iPhone/iPad tip also...it's a real time saver for me!
Tomorrow I will show you how I made another
easy peasy block...
so if you're interested...