1. Choose your fabrics. Cut:
- For the large squares, cut 12 squares @ 3.5"
- for the 4-patches, cut two strips @ 2" wide of two different fabrics for a total of 4 strips. You will have extra. You actually only need one WOF strip and another about 10-12" long from each of the two fabrics, if working with scraps.
2. Piecing 4-patches
- Sew two strips of the 2" contrasting fabrics together along the long edge of the strip.
- Press to the darker fabric. This will help 'nest' the seams (making a nice match at the centre).
- Repeat with the second two strips.
- Cut 24 @ 2" wide segments from these strips.
- Pair these, nesting the seams at the centre of each 4-patch, to make 12 4-patch blocks. They should measure 3.5" square.
- Arrange in alternating fashion to make a 6 X 4 block rectangle as shown below.
|Double-check (clearly I didn't; see the error?!) your design.|
- Visualize these 6 columns as 3 sets of 2. Pair the blocks in the first column and chain sew them together.
- Repeat with the middle set, and finally with the third set.
here. I learned it many years ago in a colourwash class, where it was invaluable in keeping a few hundred 2" squares in exact order as you'd arranged on your design wall!
- Press in alternating directions. I've turned the columns sideways to fit on my small pressing board. Putting the 3.5" squares on top, alternating down the column, as you see in the bottom of the picture, ensures the pairs get pressed to those 3.5" squares. The alternating pressing scheme again will help nest all your seams.
- Sew the top pair to the pair below it, and so on down the column until you have the entire column (a 2 block by 4 block column) pieced. Repeat with the other two columns.
- Press columns 1 and 3 seams down, and column 2 seams up.
|Nope, still hadn't noticed the error....|
Bella tried it out for size, with some coaxing...😼 any other time she's all over something I'm trying to photograph!
I have been told that cats tend to get adopted out more quickly if they have a homey mat to sit on in their crate while they wait for their forever home. These two mats will most likely go to the Englewood Humane Society in Florida since I will be there in less than a week! 😎
All right, lots to do before we leave, in the sewing loft that is. Ha! Priorities. Not much else to worry about, all quick and easy.
- Job one is Wayward Transparency; it is done but for the binding.
- Job two is planning and drafting and test piecing for another Benartex blog hop at the end of the month. This fabric--!! Just wait until you see it, well, what the heck, here's a sneak peek of the fabrics now that they have arrived since I did my Q1FAL list:
- Job three is writing up a finish post for another quilt coming out in Benartex's Modern By the Yard magazine which goes live on Friday. EEEP!
Lots of stuff going on!
|Purr-fect backing, pale blue for January's RSC colour, and the big cats: lions! Pillow turn method, bits of fabric and thread and batting I used to throw away for stuffing...|
|Ta-da! Poofy kitty mat #1 done and Bella-tested|
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