Yep...I've added a new row to our quilt!
I will be out of town all next week...
I am posting this early so that y'all can be rowing while I'm gone:)
Row 3 is a cute little "filler" row that will go in-between larger and more detailed blocks.
It's an easy peasy...get it done in an afternoon...
kind of zig-zaggy/chubby chevron if you will kind of a row:)
Are you ready to get started?
Here are the cutting requirements.
For this row we will be working with 2 1/2" squares.
You will need to choose 12 fabrics and from each fabric...Cut 2 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares ...for a total of 24 squares.
From your background fabric you will need 48 - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"squares for the easy corner triangles...
and Two - 2 1/2" squares...
one for each end of the row.
The stitching of the easy corner triangles is exactly like you did with the butterflies.
Sew from corner to corner of each of the 1 1/2" white squares when it is placed on a 2 1/2" printed square..
Make sure you either mark your line with a pencil...or use the Angler 2 as we have discussed already.
Pay attention to the direction that you are sewing so that you end up with the correct shape:)
These little squares go faster if you chain-stitch them...
and if you do both sides before trimming and pressing.
After stitching all squares...
pair them up...
and go ahead and give them a quick press to set the seams...and then trim an approximate 1/4" seam allowance.
Press the seam allowance towards the triangles.
Each square should still measure
2 1/2" x 2 1/2"...
except now they have 2 small white triangles on opposite corners.
Don't you just love the Easy Corner Triangle method???
Now flip one square over so that together they will form a zig...or a zag...or whatever you are calling it...and take them to your machine to sew together.
*NOTE -When stitching smaller pieces together...
it may be helpful for you to use an awl.
(some call it a stiletto)
If you haven't used an awl before...here is a little info.
An awl is basically a tool with a point so that helps you hold two pieces of fabric together nicely when sewing.
It's comes in very handy when working with small blocks like we working with in this quilt.
Sometimes when small pieces get close to the feed dogs...they will try to pull them in crooked, and then that distorts the shape and your seam allowance is off.
Use an awl like a little tiny extra finger that can get in there close for better control.
(just be careful not to get it so close that your needle hits it...I've done that before...yikes)
Also...notice that I am sewing in the same direction that I have pressed the seam allowance.
It's always a good idea to do that whenever possible.
After stitching...press these seams open.
Take note that I do not always press my seams open...only when working with small blocks.
After pressing open from the back...give the front a quick press so that it will be nice and flat.
*Important...remember to PRESS your blocks.
Don't IRON back and forth.
There is a difference.
Pressing means just that...pressing flat.
Ironing pulls your block back and forth and will distort it.
And while we are on the subject...
I do not use steam in my iron.
Steam is HOT water.
Hot water shrinks cotton...
which equals too small and distorted blocks.
Finish up all of the sets.
At this point...each set should measure
2 1/2" tall x 4 1/2" wide.
Sew them together in the order that you like...
and press those seam allowance's open also.
Add the 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" background square onto each end...
fold it in half and trim just like
And just like row 1...row 3 will need to measure 2 1/2" tall x 50 1/2" wide to fit into the quilt.
And your row 3 is complete!
Do you like it???
I laid row 3 over a chair in my front room for a photo...it looks bright and cheerful against the white slip cover don't you think?
These rows are are a little bit challenging to photograph...and I love seeing all of your cute and creative pictures on the
and Row 3.
As I have said before...
don't sew the rows together yet.
This is not the order that they will go in but... I like how they are looking together... don't you?
Also...the rows of course will be horizontal in the quilt but it's easier to photograph them going this direction:)
Are you all having fun with the
I sure am.
I'd sure love to hear your thoughts!
I have had so much fun seeing all of your progress...
all are the very best students.
I have also had several emails asking me if it's too late to join up.
Of course not!
Jump in anytime and just start rowing:)
I hope you have a fun quilty week while I'm away.
As I said...
I will be on a retreat for a whole week...(YAY)...with my
"Fat Quarter Friendly's"
quilt group and we will be sewing and laughing and shopping and laughing and eating and laughing and then sewing some more and then laughing again and then maybe sleeping in-between.
I plan to have alot of fun and work on lots of fun projects:)
Of course I will tell you all about it when I get back.