Hi Everyone! And welcome to the second tutorial for the Sew Intertwined Quilt Along!
If you are just joining us or if you missed the first tutorial, head over and visit Jenna at Sew Happy Geek for the Dresden Center.
Today I will be showing you how to make the outside blocks – these are by far the easiest blocks to make and I will be showing you how to do it with the least amount of fabric waste – because I HATE wasting my fabric. I even double and triple checked the math on the HST method I’m showing just to make sure I was actually saving your fabric.
For the HSTS:
Background fabric (white): two strips – 8.5″ by width of fabric
Feature fabric: two strips – 8.5″ by width of fabric
Sub- cut the strips into 8.5″ x 8.5″ squares.
Pair your squares up – right sides together – one background, one feature fabric. You should have 10 Pairs Total
Next you will want to cut diagonally across your Squares. When you open the triangles up you will have made 4 half square triangles. You will have a total of 40 HSTs.
Next you will want to work on your 4 patches. Each block requires two 4 patches for a grand total of 40. I am going to demonstrate the fastest way to make them using strips.
6 Strips of Gray – 3″ by width of fabric
3 Strips Each of pink and orange – 3″ by width of fabric
Next you will want to sew the 3 pink strips to 3 of the gray strips, and the 3 orange strips to the remaining 3 gray strips.
Press towards the gray – I recommend this even if you are used to pressing your seams open. When creating a 4 patch, pressing towards the same fabric in both color sets, will allow you to perfectly match your seams.
Next you will want to put your pieces right sides together and butt your seams up – this is what gives you the perfect points.
Next layout your blocks and sew them together.
You will make a total of 20 outside blocks and if you follow this tutorial you will conserve as much fabric as possible! The important things to note if you are doing a scrappier version of the quilt: each square in the 4 patch was 3″x3″ – when the 4 patches are sewn together they should measure 5.5″x5.5″. The finished HSTs should also measure 5.5″x5.5″ – in case you decide to use a method that you are more comfortable with. The overall finished block is 10.5″.
Please let me know if you have any questions and I can’t wait to start seeing finished blocks in the Flickr Group!
This post is sponsored by Contemporary Cloth – they provided the fabrics that were used for the tutorial and my quilt.