Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Union Square: Red For Rebellion

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We are following along with Barbara
Brackman's Block of the Week,
Grandmother's Choice

I decided to use fussy cuts for this
week's block. You may want to check
out the Flickr site shown at the end of
the post for color ideas.

Fabric Requirements:

For the 9-Patch:
9 - 2 3/8" squares

For the Corners:
4 - 2 1/2" squares

For the Triangles:
4 - 2 7/8" squares -
cut in half on the diagonal

Make the 9-Patch Center

Layout units as shown as sew together
in 3 rows. Press seams in rows 1 & 3
to the outside and seams in row 2 to
the inside.

Sew rows together and press final seams
open to reduce bulk.

Make Triangle Corner Units:

Layout units as shown on top. Sew
seam as shown in center left unit,
press seam to the triangle and trim dog
ears. Then sew second triangle as shown
in center right unit. Press seam to the
triangle and trim dog ears. Make 4.

Assemble Block:

Fold triangle units in half and finger press
the center of the long edge, do the same to
the edge of the 9-patch that you plan to sew
the triangle to. Match these center marks
and pin. Sew the seam with the side shown
above facing up and pay attention to the seam
intersection shown with the arrow. You want to
sew a thread width above the center of this seam
intersection. This will make your point precise
but also allow for the fold of all that fabric coming
together. Press seam to the inside.

Repeat process above on the opposite edge.
Trim the dog ears.

Now finish the two remaining sides and
square to 8 1/2".

Check out everyones work on the Flickr site:

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