Storm at Sea Tutorial and A Q2 FAL Finish

In my last post, I mentioned that I did not complete a single FAL goal that I set at the beginning of Q2.  At that time I was quilting the last bit of the border of the Charlotte’s Baskets quilt.  I knew I would not be able to finish it by 30 June but with the weekend, I just might get the whole quilt bound and washed.

Well I did it!!!  Hoohoo.  I finished quilting it, sew on the binding and even washed it this weekend!  I am so proud of myself to finish one very important goal for Q2.  This quilt has been in the WIP list for a year.  I am so glad it is finally FINISHED and I can now gift it to my daughter.  You can read about the beginnings of this quilt here.  LOL.  Better late than never.

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After washing, this is how it looks, all crinkly

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There are many tutorials on the Internet on how to construct a Storm at Sea quilt top. Below is a writeup on how I sew up my Hearts Intertwine (Storm at Sea) quilt top.  I like to sew a slightly bigger unit and trim down to size as I am not very accurate in my cutting and piecing.  That is why I like to use Deb Tucker’s rulers.  If you click at the names of the rulers below, it will bring you directly to her youtube videos where she explains very clearly how to use her rulers.  I am not affiliated to her, just a happy customer who enjoys using her rulers.  The pic below shows the layout of the Hearts Intertwine quilt top.

Hearts Intertwine

Please read through the instructions below carefully once through before starting on the quilt top.  I try my best to write accurate and clear instructions but please pardon me if there are inadvertent mistakes.  I would appreciate it very much if you would let me know of any mistakes that you discovered in the instructions.

Supplies

  1. Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler
  2. Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler
  3. approximately 2 yards of dark blue fabric (I used a mixture of blues from my scrap bin)
  4. approximately 1 1/4 yards of light fabric (I used whites, off-whites, cream and light blues from my scrap bin)
  5. approximately 3/4 yards of red fabric (this is one solid red fabric)

Blocks/units to construct:

You need to construct the following:

a) V block units

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Finish at 3 x 3 inches i.e. when sewn into the quilt top, they measure 3 x 3 inches.  Before sewing into the quilt, they measure 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.   I used Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to construct these units.  I will not go into detail as to how to use her ruler to sew the V block as you can view her videos.  To construct the Hearts Intertwine quilt, you will need

32 red V block units

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41 blue V block units

V block blue

b) Square in square units

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Finish at 3 x 3 inches.  I used Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler to construct these units.  Please refer to her video on how to cut and construct these units with her ruler.  You will need

9 blue square in square (you can obtain 2 triangles by cutting a 2 3/4 inches square once on the diagonal.  So you will need two 2 3/4 inches square to get 4 triangles for each square in square)

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4 square in square with 2 red triangles as shown below

Sq in sq 2 reds

1 square in square with 2 red triangles sewn diagonally as shown below

Sq in sq 2 reds diagonal

6 square in square with 1 red triangle sewn to the light colour centre square.

Sq in sq 1 red

c) Large Square in Square units

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For the larger Square in square units that finish at 6 x 6 inches (shown above), I had to use EQ7 to help me with the measurements to cut the centre dark blue square, the  white triangles and blue triangles surrounding the square.

You will need

4 blue large square in square

Large square in square 4 blues

4 large square in square with 3 red triangles and 1 blue triangle

Large square in squre 3 reds

4 large square in square with 3 blue triangles and 1 red triangle

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Cutting fabric:

V Block units

1. From light coloured fabric, cut:

7 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

As specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler, to construct 3 x 3 inches V block, we need 4″ wide strips. From the strips of fabric, subcut to get the right and left wing triangles.  Each strip of fabric, cut WOF (width of fabric) will yield about 11-12 right wing triangles and 11-12 left wing triangles.  You will need 73 right wing triangles and 73 left wing triangles.

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2. From dark blue fabric cut:

2 1/2 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

Subcut each strip of fabric as specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to yield the centre V triangle.  Each strip of fabric, cut WOF, will yield about 18 – 20 centre V triangles.  You will need 41 centre V triangles.

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3. Similar to step 2 above, from red fabric cut:

2 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

Subcut each strip of fabric as specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to yield the centre V triangle.You will need 32 centre V triangles.

Construct the required number of V blocks with dark blue, red or dark blue and red fabric using Deb’s method then trim to size with her V Block ruler. Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

Square in Square units

4. From light coloured fabric cut:

2 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares using Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler.  Align her ruler on the strip to cut the squares in the centre of the square in square.  One strip, cut WOF yields about 10 – 12 squares.  You need 20 centre squares for the 3 x 3 inches square in square unit.

Sq in sq all blue centre square

5. From dark blue fabric cut:

2 1/2 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into 2 3/4 inches squares. Make one diagonal cut for every square so as to yield 2 dark blue triangles.  You need 64 triangles which means you need 32 dark blue squares, each cut diagonally once.

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6. Similar to step 5 above, from red fabric cut:

1 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into 2 3/4 inches squares.  Make one diagonal cut for every square so as to yield 2 red triangles.  You need 16 triangles which means you need 8 red squares, each cut diagonally once.

Construct the required number of Square in Square blocks with dark blue or dark blue and red fabric using Deb’s method then trim to size with her Square 2 ruler. Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

Large Square in Square units

7.  From the dark blue fabric cut:

1 – 3 1/2 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares measuring 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (that is the centre square of the 6 x 6 inches large square in square).  You need 12 squares.

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8. From the light fabric, cut:

1 1/2 – 4 1/2 x 42″strips

Subcut into squares 4 1/2 x 4 1/2  inches.  Then cut this square diagonally twice to yield 4 triangles.  These 4 triangles (labelled 1 to 4 in the pic below) will be sewn to the centre dark blue square.  You need 48 light triangles which means 12 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches squares.  These triangles are slightly oversized.

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9.  From the dark blue fabric, cut:

2 – 4 1/8 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares measuring 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches.  Cut each of these squares diagonally once and that yields 2 dark blue triangles.  You need 32 dark blue triangles which means 15 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches squares.  These triangles are slightly oversized.

10.  Similar to step 9 above, from red fabric, cut:

1 – 4 1/8 x 42″ strip

Subcut into squares measuring 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches.  Cut each of these squares diagonally once and that yields 2 red triangles.  You need 16 red triangles which means eight 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches red squares which in turn will yield .  Similarly, these triangles are slightly oversized.

Sewing the units:

11.  Sew two of the light triangles (from step 8 above) to the opposite sides of the dark blue square.  Sew triangles 1 & 2 or 3 & 4 (see pic above) .  Press the seams towards the light triangles , away from the centre square.  Then sew the remaining two light triangles (if you had sewn triangles 1 & 2 previously now sew triangles 3 & 4) to the remaining two opposite sides of the dark square. Press the seams towards the light triangles again.  Line up a square ruler that measures at least 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches so that the 1/4 inch mark on the ruler touches the diamond points of the centre dark blue square as shown in the pic below.  This ensures that there is a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Then trim the two sides. Turn the square in square block 180 degrees and in a similar manner line up the ruler on the block then trim. Now I have a square in square measuring 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches.

Large square in square

12.  Sew two of these dark blue triangles (from step 9 above) to the opposite sides of the     4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches square in square unit (from step 11 above). Press the seams towards the dark blue triangles.  Then sew the remaining two dark blue triangles to the remaining two opposite sides of the square in square unit. Press the seams towards the dark blue triangles again.  Line up the ruler on the block as shown in the pic below, ensuring that there is a 1/4 inch seam allowance all around the centre square in square unit.  Then trim.  You will now have a 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches block unfinished.

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Construct the required number of  6 x 6 inches large Square in Square blocks with dark blue or dark blue and red fabric.  Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

13.  Sew the V block units, Square in Square units and 6 x 6 large Square in Square units together row by row.  Sew the units in Row 1 first followed by the units in Row 2, Row 3, etc as shown in the pic below.

Hearts Intertwine without borders, rows labelled

Odd rows i.e. Rows 1, 3, 5 & 7 comprise of V Block units and Square in Square units.

Even rows i.e. Rows 2, 4 & 6 comprise of V Block units and Large Square in Square units.

For even rows, you will need to sew 2 V Block units together like this:

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before joining it to a large Square in Square

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continue joining to V Blocks then to large Square in Squares to finish the row.

Cutting fabric and sewing on the Borders:

14. From the dark blue fabric cut the following :

  • 1 – 3 1/2  x 27 1/2″ strip
  • 1 – 3 1/2 x 24 1/2″ strip
  • 1 – 3 1/2 x 21 1/2″ strip
  • 6 – 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangles
  • 3 – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ squares

Top Border

15. Sew the 3 1/2 inches x 27 1/2″ strip of fabric to a V Block as shown below (the pic below shows the long strip of fabric made up of squares.  The length of all the squares add up to 27 1/2″.  Ignore the squares and just cut a strip 3 1/2 x 27 1/2″ to be sewn to a V Block unit)Border top 1.jpg

Then sew a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the V Block end as shown below Border top 2

Next sew a V Block unit to the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle end as shown belowBorder top 3.jpg

Sew this border to the top of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Bottom border

16.  Sew a V Block unit to a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle as shown below (ignore the squares that make up the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle) Bottom border 1.jpg

17.  Repeat Step 16 three  more times and you have have 4 of the joined units shown in the pic in Step 16.  Join the 4 units together as follows

Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1

Then join a V Block unit to the end of the strip as followsBottom border 3

Sew this border to the bottom of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Left-hand side border

18. Sew a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ square to a V Block unit then join to a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle as shown below (ignore the squares that make up the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle)LHS Border 1.jpg

19. Sew a V Block unit to the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle end as shown belowLHS Border 2.jpg

20. Sew the 3 1/2 x 21 1/2″ strip to the V Block unit end as shown below (ignore the squares in the 21 1/2″ strip)LHS Border 3.jpg

Sew this border to the left-hand side of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Right-hand side border

21.  Sew up the right-hand side border as follows using the 3 1/2 x 24 1/2″ stripRHS Border 1

Then attach it to the right-hand side of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

TaDa.  You have finished constructing the Hearts Intertwine quilt top.  LOL.  I hope the tutorial has been helpful to you.

I am linking up with A Quilter’s Table Q2 FAL

Sew Can She Show Off Saturday 

Persimon Dreams Scrap Quilt Challenge

Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching

 

 

 

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Rulers – Let’s get organised

As you know we quilters have plenty of rulers and I definitely have a soft spot for rulers.  I stored my rulers in my cupboard together with my stabilisers and I had often felt that they looked rather messy.

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Then I came across an article in a newsletter from The Quilt Show.  The article was talking about organising rulers.  They mentioned using D-ring binders to store our rulers.  What an excellent idea.  I decided to purchase folders with plastic pockets in them to store my rulers.

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I store a ruler in each pocket and I am also able to store the instruction sheet on how to use the ruler together in that pocket.  My instruction sheets used to be stored separately and they were easily misplaced.  Now they are together with my rulers!

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The picture below shows the A3 size folder.  This is used to store my bigger rulers.

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See, it is much better organised now.  Looks less messy too.  My 8 1/2″ x 24″ Creative Grid ruler and my 15 degree ruler are still too big to be stored in the folder but I am not going to fuss over that.

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I am linking up with Late Night Quilter’s Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

Update: Afton Warrick from Quilting Mod invited me to share at her Lessons Learned Linky Party

 

 

 

 

Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop – a Tutorial + a Giveaway

I am excited to be participating in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop.  The blog hop started on 31 August and ends today. Each participant will present a 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ block using 6 fat-eighth Fabri-Quilt fabric.  When I designed this block, I did it without the actual Fabri-Quilt fabric.  You can read about why I did not construct my block with the actual Fabri-Quilt fabric in my blog post dated 6 August 2015.

I wrote the tutorial and sewed the prototype with fabric from my stash.  I tried to use fabric which were of colours as close to the actual Fabri-Quilt fabric as possible.  This is my first time designing a block and writing a tutorial on my design.  As I sewed the block, I photographed the process then I inserted the photos into my tutorial.  However these photos did not show Fabri-Quilt fabric. After I have completed the tutorial, I sent the file to Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl.  She then sewed out my block (with Fabri-Quilt fabric) following my tutorial.  As she went along, she photographed the whole process, just as I did.  The photos that you see below are the photos that she had taken.  I really think she did a very good job with the photography.  She then sent me the photos that she took so that I could insert her photos (showing the sewing process with actual Fabri-Quilt fabric) into my tutorial.

Yvonne did more than just take the photos, she provided me with feedback and tips and even modified my step so as to make it easier to construct the block.  Thank you Yvonne for helping this newbie here 🙂

I love scrappy blocks so I have included all the 6 Fabri-Quilt fabrics when designing this block.  I also love chevrons so the block I designed is mainly made up of chevrons.   By looking at the block, you will know why I have named it – Chevron among the chevrons

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You can use different colour fabrics to construct the block.   I have stitched out four 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ blocks together using fabric from my stash.  As you can see, a secondary pattern, the four-patch, is formed.

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Materials:

6 Fat Eighths of Fabri-Quilt fabric in Watermelon Summer palette

Cutting:

Fabric colour Shape to cut Size to cut Number to cut
Coral Square 4″ x 4″ 2
White Square 4″ x 4″ 2
Lapis Blue Square 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ 2
Chartreuse Square 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ 2
Turquoise Square 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ 16
Aqua Square 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ 16

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Method:

Sewing Half-Square Triangles (HST)

  1. Place one 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ Turquoise coloured square and a 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ Aqua coloured square together right sides facing, matching all four sides of the squares. The squares should be one on top of the other, wrong sides facing out.  Using a pencil, draw a line diagonally from the top right-hand corner of the square to the bottom left-hand corner as follows:

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  1. On the right-hand side of the drawn line, sew a straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line. (You are sewing the 2 squares together), Turn the square around and on the other side of the drawn line, sew another straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line.

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  1. Using a pair of scissors or a ruler and rotary cutter, cut the sewn squares diagonally on the drawn line apart like this:

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You will get 2 HSTs

  1. Press the HSTs open.

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  1. Repeat Steps 1 to 4 for the rest of the fifteen Turquoise coloured and fifteen Aqua coloured squares.

When you have completed Step 5, you should have 32 Turquoise/Aqua HSTs.

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  1. Place one 4″ x 4″ Coral coloured square and one 4″ x 4″ White coloured square together right sides facing, matching all four sides of the squares. The squares should be one on top of the other, wrong sides facing out.  Using a pencil, draw a line diagonally from the top right-hand corner of the square to the bottom left-hand corner as follows:Photos for Sandra (13)

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  1. On the right-hand side of the drawn line, sew a straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line. (You are sewing the two squares together),  Turn the square around and on the other side of the drawn line, sew another straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line

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  1. With ruler and rotary cutter, cut the sewn squares diagonally on the drawn line. You will get 2 HSTs:

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  1. Press the HSTs open.
  1. Repeat Steps 7 to 10 for the remaining Coral coloured square and White coloured square.
  1. Trim the 2 Coral/White HSTs down to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. You can use a square ruler with a diagonal line.

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Before we start sewing up the block, check that you have the following basic units:

Squares

Lapis Blue                 2 units                        3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Chartreuse                2 units                        3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Half Square Triangles (HSTs)

White/Coral               4 units                        3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Aqua/Turquoise       32 units          2″ x 2″

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Sewing Chevrons

  1. Sew 4 Turquoise/Aqua HSTs together to form a chevron like this:

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To sew the chevron, first take 2 HSTs

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and place one on top of the other HST right sides facing each other

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Sew the 2 HSTs together.

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Press the 2 HSTs open.

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Next, take the other 2 HSTs,

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place one on top of the other right sides facing each other

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Sew the 2 HSTs together

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Press the 2 HSTs open

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You should now have these 2 parts:

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You will sew the 2 parts together.  When I first sewed my prototype, my seams were ironed to one side.  This makes the intersection of the seams very bulky as I sewed the 2 parts together.  When Yvonne sewed my block (with the Fabri-Quilt fabric), she opened up the seams and this reduced the bulk at the point where the seams intersect.  Thanks Yvonne for this tip.

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Press open and you will have a chevron measuring 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

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14,       Repeat Step 13 until all Turquoise/Aqua HSTs are used up.  You should have 8 chevrons, each measuring 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

  1. Sew the 4 Coral/White HSTs together to form a chevron like this:

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To sew the chevron, first take 2 HSTs

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Place 1 HST on top of the other HST right sides facing each other.

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Sew the 2 HSTs together.

Press the 2 HSTs open.

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Next, take the other 2 HSTs

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Place one on top of the other right sides facing each other.

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Sew the 2 HSTs together.

Press the 2 HSTs open.

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You should now have these 2 parts:

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Sew the 2 parts together.  Before sewing them together, press open the seams of each of the part (refer to Step 13 above when we sew the Turquoise/Aqua chevron).  After sewing the 2 parts together, press open. Your chevron should measure 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.

If you manage to get to this far, you should have the following:

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Piecing the Block

  1. Sew a Lapis Blue square to a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron as follows:

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  1. Sew the Chartreuse square to another 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron as follows:

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  1. Sew the 2 parts that you had sewn in Steps 16 & 17 together and you will get the following:

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  1. Repeat Steps 16 to 18 with the remaining Lapis Blue square and the remaining Chartreuse square, swapping the position of the Lapis Blue square and the Chartreuse square.

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You will now have these:

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20:       Sew a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron to another 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron as follows:

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  1. Repeat Step 20 with the remaining two 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevrons. You will now have 2 sets of these:

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  1. Sew the 2 sets of chevrons that you have completed in Steps 20 & 21 to the sides of 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Coral/White chevron as follows:

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.           You now have 3 parts:

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  1. Sew these 3 parts together and Ta-Da, we have our Chevron among the chevrons

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To download a pdf version of the tutorial, click Chevron among chevrons – a tutorial

We want to thank the hosts of this blog hop for all their hard work.  Thank you Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl, Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter, Cheryl @ Meadow Mist and Terri Ann Swallow @ Childlike Fascination.  We also want to thank Fabri-Quilt for sponsoring this blog hop by providing the fat-eighth fabrics that we used when we design the blocks.  Not only that, they are also sponsoring the giveaway of fabric. Do hop over to our host for today (3 September) Terri Ann Swallow @ Childlike Fascination for the giveaway.  Don’t forget to also visit the other bloggers who are posting their tutorials for the 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ block today.

I always prewash my fabric before I use them.  Therefore, I recommend that you prewash the fabric with like colours before you start your project.  Enjoy!

String piecing

The last couple of nights, I have been busy string piecing.  I use telephone book pages as my foundation (suggested by Bonnie Hunter in her book String Fling).  It is difficult to find hardcopy telephone books.  To look up a telephone number, most people will just do a google search.  Well, after much hunting, I found 2 old copies of telephone books.  Tore out the pages.

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Took out my scraps of strings.  I used to trash these but managed to salvage some from the last few projects I made.  I should sort them out into different colours…

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I started sewing the strings onto my foundation paper.

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After sewing the strings, I trimmed the block down to squares.

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I calculated that I need 48 of these blocks.

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Then I cut the blocks diagonally

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I will be working on this for quite a while.  If I sew 2 of these blocks each night, I will get 48 blocks in 24 nights!  Press on!