|Road to Oklahoma|
Fabric A: background fabric
- A1 - cut six 2 1/2" squares
- A2 - cut two 3" squares
- B1 - cut two 2 1/2" squares
- B2 - cut two 3" squares
- C - cut four 2 1/2" squares
Step 2: Half-square Triangle Units
I'm trying something new for the rest of the blocks in this quilt. I'm going to press the seams open. Quilters like Leah Day press all their seams open because it makes it easier to machine quilt, especially on a home machine. Here's a link to an article by Candace Eisner Strick about how to press seams. She says it depends on the seam bulk in the block. If there is going to be quite a bit of bulk then she presses her seams open.
Pressing seams open does take longer than pressing to the side. I'm also tempted to invest in The Strip Stick to help with pressing seams open.
|Draw a diagonal line on both A2 squares.|
|Remember to pin the pieces together so they don't shift while you are sewing. |
Sew a scant 1/4" seam down both sides of the drawn diagonal line.
Cut along the drawn diagonal line.
|Press seams open.|
|Trim blocks to 2 1/2" square.|
Step 3: Sewing the Block Together
|Place your blocks on your Design and Pressing board, cutting mat, or whatever you use to bring your block to your sewing machine.|
|Sew each column of blocks together.|
Sew the rows together matching the seams.
I used a pin to match my seams up.
I think I've fallen in love with the grey polka dots! I may use that fabric in every block from now on.
I've included a great video called Seams Common Sense with Jennie Rayment and Valerie Nesbitt. The two have a great discussion on the pros and cons of pressing seams open.