Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Grandmother's Choice

 
 
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We are quilting along with Barbara Brackman's

                                                Block of the Week, Grandmother's Choice.




I have a bias toward sewing bias seams, they tend

to go wonky on me, I call myself "triangularly

challenged" when it comes to cutting a square

in half and sewing that bias seam to another bias

seam. So, I offer an alternative method to anyone

who may have a similar ailment to me...


Please sew all seams with a scant 1/4".



Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A: Gold

4 - 2 1/2" squares

1 - 2" square

Fabric B: Light Print

4 - 2 7/8" squares - Mark a

diagonal line on back.

Fabric C: Green

4 - 2" x 3 3/4" rectangles

Fabric D: Dark Print

4 - 2 1/8" squares

4 - 2 7/8" squares



 
Make Half Square Triangles:

Pair Fabric B and Fabric D 2 7/8" squares

with right sides together and sew 1/4" away

from each side of the drawn line. Cut on

drawn line and press seam to the darker

fabric. Square to 2 1/8".


Make 4-Patch Corners:

Layout units as shown and sew together

in 2 rows. Press seam in row 1 to the left

and seam in row 2 to the right. Sew rows

together and press this seam open to reduce

bulk. Square to 3 3/4".


Layout units as shown and sew together

in 3 rows. Press seams to the Fabric C.
 

Yeah, the center square and the sashing

are a bit smaller than the other blocks,

but, there is no way to make 5 go into 8

in a nice way... And in the end, you

really won't notice.


Sew rows together and press final seams

open to reduce bulk. Square to 8 1/2".

 
Since this is Grandmother's Choice, I am

including a few links so you can read about

my Grandmother:


and my Great-great Grandmother:



Check out the Flickr site where everyone can

post their work:

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