|Catch As You Can|
Before cutting I always press my fabric with either a little bit of starch or some home-made Best Press. Dawn and I have been using the home-made Best Press because it's so cheap and easy to make. There are a few recipes on the web. Here's the recipe that Dawn shared with me
Even Better Press
1/2 distilled or filtered water, 1/2 vodka
The flavored vodka costs no more than regular but gives it a different fragrance than alcohol. Smirnoff is a cheap vodka, and is what I use.
Make sure you purchase vodka distilled from potatoes, not distilled from grain. It is the potato starch that works to starch fabric.
Smirnoff comes in these "fragrances" - green apple, blueberry, citrus cranberry, watermelon, orange, raspberry, strawberry and new black cherry. I currently have green apple "scent". My next "scent" will be black cherry.
Fabric A: Background Fabric
- A1: four 3 1/4" squares
- A2: six 2 7/8" squares
- A3: four 2 1/2" squares
Fabric B: Medium (grey dot)
- B1: two 3 1/4" squares
- B2: two 2 7/8" squares
Fabric C: Dark (red)
- C: two 3 1/4" squares
|Cut along the diagonal line and press the seam open.|
Trim the A2/B2 squares to 2 1/2" square using your favorite method. Set these aside.
|Place an A2 background square (the four that you didn't use in the first step) right sides together with an untrimmed A1/C square.|
Sew a scant 1/4" seam along both sides of the drawn line.
|Use the pieces that spin the pinwheel in this direction.|
|Sew a scant 1/4" seam along each side of the drawn diagonal line.|
Cut along the diagonal line, press the seams open.
|Trim each unit to 2 1/2".|
You should have four quarter-square triangle units.
Step 4: Sewing the Block Together
|Arrange your units as shown in the photo.|
Double check to make sure your pieces are going the right direction.
Check one ore time.....
This block is asymmetrical if you aren't careful
you'll end up having to rip seams and sew them again!
|Sew in rows (or columns) and press the seams open.|
Carefully pin the columns together matching the seams.
Sew the columns (or rows) together.
|Catch As You Can|
8 1/2" unfinished block
8" finished block
If a quilt is finished and used, then it's a successful quilt. If I learned something along the way, then that's even better!
Here's Dawn's block: