Hmm, no matter how funny things sound in my head. . .anyway, let me take you back a couple weeks. I was dreading the next border of my Midnight at the Oasis quilt. . .the tiny churn dash blocks – 52 of them!
Oh my goodness, that looks like sooooo much work – you can tell I’m a newbie, still surprised that this new found hobby of mine actually takes time. I digress. . .I was dragging my feet something terrible.
All those tiny corner pieces how I’ll I ever get them square? Little side strips, how will I ever keep them straight? Then I remembered a little gem I learnt from the free block of the month Craftsy class with Laura Nownes. Laura was always trimming her blocks. Sew, press, line up and trim. Trim.
I knew I would be using this fabulous idea for making the corner blocks aka half square triangles, and thanks to Laura, I knew I would make ’em a little bigger and trim them down to size – sweet.
Now for the strips, I knew I wasn’t going to make them one at a time. I would piece two long strips of fabric together and then cut them in the length I required. During this planning one of the girls on Instagram was having a problem where the strips she was sewing together for her jellyroll quilt were smiling. Smiling! Isn’t that a great term? Seems that is the quilty term. Well I knew how to solve that one – press those seams open! Check!
Now all of this pressing and planning and short cut taking seems wasted if that little center square ends up wonky. Here’s where you plan to nest – I’ve got pictures for below so all my future churn dash blocks will be speedy and neat:
1. the fabric required to make the ying of the completed block to the right *I’ve taken into account the direction of the fabric.
2. Half square triangles, I like the fabric direction to flow, so place your fabric right sides together and just alter the seam line in the center. *The first 40 blocks I was pressing the seams open for fear of bulk – but these guys are so small – finish at 3.5″ – I finally gave up and started pressing them to one side.
3. Center third, after piecing press seams out
4. top third and bottom third, after piecing press seams in
5. Nest seams and sew. . .
6. Sit back and admire what a pretty little block:
If I keep at it, MATO might very well be my first ever completed quilt – not to be confused with first quilt started, I have a bin full of WIPs – but I can’t contain myself for the excitement at the possibility that this quilt will be on my wall🙂
Now this little write up is for my benefit and what better storage place for my reference. So I thank you everyone for indulging me, and as always I will gladly and gratefully accept any tips and comments. Till we meet again.