Hi everyone! This is my first attempt at a tutorial, so please be patient me and don't hesitate to contact me and/or ask questions.
First of all - welcome to everyone and Happy New Year! This is going to be so much fun! Just to make sure everyone is on the same page, the Guidelines for our bee can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1854192@N23/discuss/72157628432364319/
We are working from the book, "Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from your Favorite Designers"; compiled by Susanne Woods. I hope everyone has a copy. If not, please let me know. After many hours of pouring over all of the blocks in the book, I have finally decided on making my project using the "ENVY" block, shown on page 56 with directions on page 57.
My inspriational fabrics are from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley line with some Kona Cotton Solids in Snow and Green Tea. In my test block I have made the centre diamond in 'snow' and stripes around the center motif in 'green tea'. The placement of the solid fabric is the only thing that I would like to have constant so please let me know if that is not possible.
The instructions in the book are very straight forward, so I won't elaborate on them. I have been quilting for over 10 years, so if you have any questions - DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK! I will do my best to help you out. Note: The pieces are cut exactly to size, so be sure you have an accurate 1/4" seam. If not, the final pieces may be a bit short. I use a 1/4" foot and I have marked my sewing machine with a piece of masking tape at the 1/4" mark.
I took photos during the process and I have added my notes and tips (if any):
|Step 2 continued - Pressing away from the center|
|Step 2 continued - Repeat with the two remaining sides - I trim the overhanging points before adding the second set of triangles for ease of sewing. It helps with accuracy.|
|Step 2 - Here is the center motif after trimming to 4-1/2" square.|
|Step 4 - Sew A's and B's together; press toward the larger segment (in this case the printed fabric).|
|Step 5 - ONLY sew the upper right edge of the first segment - this will be completed once the rest of the segments are attached.|
|Step 5 - Back of work. Note you are pressing away from the center.|
|Steps 5 and 6 - To get really sharp points, make sure your seam goes through the intersection of the previous seams.|
|Step 7 - Once all segments have been attached, go back and finish the partial seam of the first segment.|
|Step 8 - After pressing, trim away any wobbly bits to 12-1/2" x 12-1/2" square.|
|Voila - The finished block. Sadly, the colors here are not really accurate - they look pretty dull. I assure you that they are much brighter in real life.|
So, any questions? I'd love to hear from you and don't forget to post pictures the our group in Flickr!