I’m piecing a new quilt…the Thimble Blossoms pint-sized Mini Wild Thing (pinwheel) ~ and after making one block by following the directions given, I decided to try it a different way.
I find it much more forgiving cutting the 1/2″ off after the block is pieced than before (my first block did not square up at 3.5″) …and once you get the production line down pat, it scoots along pretty fast!
So after you cut out your prints and neutral fabric ~
You’ll want to have your neutral piece on the left with the print on the right. Fold print over onto the neutral, right sides together. At this point I get about 12 of them ready so I can zip them through the machine.
Sew a scant 1/4″ seam along the right side.
Just keep them going until you get a whole mess of them…
Then take them over to your ironing board and clip into one unit (of four), then take one unit at a time and press open, light side to dark.
This is where, if you follow the original directions, they want you to cut off the top 1/2″ to make a 2″x2″ square…I find it easier to not do this and wait until the end to square up your block. Sometimes I find that I don’t get a full 3.5″ block when I do it their way. I’m not an expert quilter…I love making quilts, but I’m not perfect….my way is MUCH MORE FORGIVING!
Next step is to piece the top left part of the block to the top right. You just have to remember that it’s the bottom that you’ll want straight, as that is the part that will be sewn to the bottom half. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam. Sorry about the lighting of the second picture…I used my macro and couldn’t use the flash.
Do the same with the bottom half…you want to line up the top part as that will be sewn to the bottom of the top ( 🙂 ).
Run them through and take the whole group to the ironing board…this time press the seam open, not to one side.
Take bottom half and flip up onto top half, right sides together…make sure you line up the vertical seams. Sew scant 1/4″ seam. Run them all through and then press open with iron.
Take your blocks over to the cutting mat and put your square over the top…square up from the middle…you want each part of the block at 1-3/4″, twirl until all four sides are squared and you end up with a 3.5″ block!
24 DOWN and ONLY 56 MORE TO GO! 🙂