Sunday, July 14, 2013

Come Piece with Me: Square and Style

  Once all our strips are stitched together, we are ready to cut our blocks. Each block will measure roughly 10 1/2 inches by 10 1/2 inches. I use a ruler and rotary cutter, however, you can use a template and traditional scissors if you prefer.
    Layout one section of pieced strips, lining up the bottom. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut the rough edges to make a clean end. Move the ruler ten inches over and cut a ten by ten inch square. Set it aside, and continue measuring and cutting until you have finished the section. Notice, I have some extra leftover. Set those aside for an optional use later. 
    Once you have all your pieced sections cut, take a sigh of relief and revel in the moment. Look at what we have accomplished! Isn't it beautiful? Set your blocks aside, turn off your iron, and reward yourself with a glass of tea or a dip in the pool. 
     Here is a little video if you need a little more help cutting your sections.

    Once the blocks are squared up, it's time to decide how they will look in the quilt. In the orange version, my quilt blocks are displayed in the typical 'split rail' layout; vertical next to horizontal. 
        In the picture we see the first two rows. Notice here the blocks alternate; stack one, stack two, stack one, stack two. In the video we will see two different layout options for the quilt blocks. Once you determine the layout you want it's time to stitch those blocks together row by row.

         Next we will stitch each row, and then stitch those rows together. Let's get stitching!

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