8" finished quilt block
Step 1: Cutting the Fabric
Fabric A: background fabric
- A1 - cut sixteen 2 1/2" squares
- B - cut four 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
- C - cut four 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
|Draw a diagonal line through each A (background) 2 1/2" square.|
|Pin right sides together, one A square to each B and C rectangle. Make sure the diagonal lines are all going the same direction (see photo). |
Pin squares in place.
|Sew one thread towards the outside of the drawn line. In the photo you can see that the seam is to the right side of the pencil line.|
|Trim all the corners 1/4" from the line.|
|Sorry about the fuzzy photo! |
Press the seam open (or to the side if that's what you prefer).
|Place right sides together, an A (2 1/2" background square) on the other end of each B and C rectangle. |
Make sure the diagonal line runs parallel to the first seam! If you don't, you'll end up with a Flying Geese unit, not a parallelogram unit!
|Sew a seam one thread to the outside of the drawn line.|
Cut 1/4" from the drawn line to cut off the extra fabric triangle.
|Press the seam open (or to the side). Each rectangle should still measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".|
Step 3: Sewing the Block together
|I like to lay all the units out to see how the block is turning out. I can see any mistakes and fix them if I take the time to lay the pieces out.|
|Stack the four red rectangles on top of each other, and the four grey rectangles on top of each other. Using a scant 1/4" seam, sew one grey to one red rectangle.|
|Press seams open (or to the side)|
|Arrange your block. Your small blocks should measure 4 1/2" square.|
|Sew each small block into a column.|
Next, sew the two columns together.
Everyone loves "Show and Tell!" Please feel free to send me a photo of your block. I'd love to see what colors you are using, so would everyone else!