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November Block Photo Tutorial
The letters in parenthesis are the fabrics I used following the directions above.
|Choose four fabrics. From left to right: green (fabric C), red (fabric D), tan (fabric A), poinsettia (fabric B).|
Making the Half-square Triangle Units
We are using Method 2 (found in the Half-Square Triangle Tutorial post) to make the half-square triangles.
|If you look closely you can see that I have stacked my background fabric (A) and my main fabric (B) right sides together. Cut a 7" square. This way I don't have to align my fabric as I do if I am cutting two separate pieces of fabric.|
|Sew a scant 1/4" seam all around the outside edge of the two pieces of fabric (that are still stacked right sides together).|
|Cut from corner to corner twice to end up with four half-square triangles.|
|Press open towards the dark side.|
|Square up the half-square triangle sub-unit to 4 1/2". Remember to align the 45˚ mark on your ruler with your diagonal seam so that your finished block will have a seam that goes from corner to corner.|
Take two pieces of the two-patch strip, line them up so that the colors are opposite (see photo) and the center seams nest together.
Not sure about nesting seams? Click here and visit this page at Creative Collaborations blog or view a YouTube video linked at the bottom of this post.
Pin where the center seams match, and at the edges.
Sew a scant 1/4" seam.
I chain piece mine together, you can see the little bit of thread connecting the four-patches.
Press the four-patches open. You should have (5) four-patch units.
Trim the four-patch unit to 4 1/2". If your seams are accurate and your cutting is accurate, you probably won't have to trim. I had to trim a little on 4 of the 5 blocks.
Putting the Block Together
this post to learn how to make your own design/press board.
|Press towards the half-square triangles (or towards the four-patchs, but be consistent).|
|Sew the right column of units onto the center column of units. Press towards the half-square triangles (or the four-patches, but it should be towards the same unit as you did in the previous photo).|
|Line the columns up and nest the seams. It is a good idea to pin where the seams match (and are nested). Press seams towards the outside or the inside, or 'twirl' them open at the where the units meet (that's what you see in the photo above).|
I like to 'twirl' the seams open. You have to clip the little thread and open the seam slightly in order to press it like that. You will notice tiny four-patch looking area where four units meet.
|A final press from the front and you are all done!|
|This is Jacob's Ladder from AZ Patch's 2009 March Block of the Month|
If you want your star to really stand out in the quilt block, cut (1) 4 1/2" square of your B fabric or one of your C or D fabrics instead of using a four-patch unit for the center of the block. Then the name of the block changes to Friendship Star Variation. You can see it here.
|Friendship Star Variation|
Abracadabra Quilting Tips and Tricks: Nesting Seams