Designed by Abbie Searle Finished size = 15” x 15”
*Please read through all of the instructions before you start whether you are going to make this quilt by hand or machine or a mix, you may pick up hints and tips throughout that can be used…
I’m giving 2 different patterns for this block, I’m very aware not everybody likes stitching curves. The block splits into 4 squares which are all made up in the same manner. Remember to add seam allowances to all sizes given on the patterns. (Patterns are draw on A4 paper but may not be to size when printed out)
Curves…… Make 4 units as follows……
Join 1 > 2 > 3
Join 4 > 5 > 6
Join 7 > 8 > 9
Join (1-3) > (4-6) > (7-9) to make a square. Join all 4 units into a bigger square.
There are many ways of joining curves, we all have our own favourite, I use the following method, but you join as you find easiest…… Accuracy of your cutting/sewing line is majorly important, do not rush this one.
I use lots of pins, making sure that they are holding through the sewing line on both pieces of fabric. They are generally spaced about every ¼” – ½” along the sewing line, pointing inwards from the sewing line. This will enable me to gently machine over the pins if I need to, if sewing by hand you just take them out as you get to them.
Press your work as you go.
For longer seams, I tend to pin at each end and in the middle, then fill in the areas between with pins, your work may well curve in your hand, but this will right itself when sewn and opened out.
When joining your ‘strips’, pin the centre section first, then work your way to the outside edges, then sew.
You’ll find general details of how to join straight pieces either by hand or machine detailed in the first couple of block instructions back in previous blog posts. Remember, accuracy is everything!!
If you decide to use the straight line design, here’s the order for joining (make sure you get your colours in the right places) add your seam allowances!
Join 1 > 2 > 3 > 4
Join 5 > 6
Join 7 > 8 > (5-6) > to the bottom of (1-4)
Join 9 > 10 > to the bottom of (1-8)
Join 11 > 12 > the left side of (1 > 10)
Join 13 to the bottom of (1 > 12)
You should hopefully have enough information to complete your tenth block. As ever, if you are confused, which is quite possible, please message me within the Help Group on Facebook or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org .
I hope you enjoy this block, a challenge I think!!!