Yardage for 12″ Block:
(1) 7 1/2″ square
(2) 2 1/8″ x 16″
(1) 7 1/2″ square
(1) 5 3/4″ x 16″
9 1/2″ Square Up Ruler
6 1/2″ Fussy Cut Ruler or 6 1/2″ Triangle Square Up Ruler
Making Four Points:
1. With 6″ x 12″ Ruler, draw an X on wrong side of 7 1/2″ Background square.
2. Place Background square right sides together to 7 1/2″ Medium square. *Background must be on top.* Pin.
3. Turn. Sew 1/4″ from left side of diagonal line and stop at crossing diagonal line.
4. Leave needle in fabric, pivot, and sew on pencil line stopping 1/4″ past first diagonal line.
5. Pivot again and stitch 1/4″ from diagonal line.
6. Repeat on second diagonal line.
7. Press Square.
8. Cut square apart on both drawn diagonal lines into four triangles.
9. Stack triangles with Medium on top.
10. Open and press seams to Medium.
1. Lay out two 2 1/8″ x 16″ Background with 5 3/4″ x 16″ Dark in center.
2. Sew three strips together.
3. Set seams with Dark on top. Open, and press toward Dark.
4. Measure from top of first Background to top of Second Background. Length should be 7″-7 1/8″.
5.Cut into two pieces the same measurement, approximately 7″-7 1/8″. Discard end strip.
6. Place ruler on Background at top left corner and on Dark at bottom right.
7. Carefully cut on angle. Set aside right triangle.
8. Place ruler on Dark at top left corner and on Background at bottom right. Carefully cut on angle.
9. Discard middle section.
1. Stack four of each.
2. Flip piece on right to piece on left, right sides together. Assembly-line sew.
3. Set seam with Dark/Background on top, open and press toward Dark/Background.
4. Square to 6 1/2″ square. Use 6 1/2″ Fussy Cut Ruler or 6 1/2″ Triangle Square Up Ruler.
Sewing Block Together:
1. Lay out patches.
2.Flip right vertical row right sides together to left vertical row. Lock seams. Assembly-line sew. Do not clip connecting thread.
3. Turn. Flip vertical row on right to vertical row on left. Lock seams, pushing top seam up and underneath seam down. Sew. Clip connected thread in center.
4. You will notice that your seam allowances are facing different directions, directly opposite each other. You will also notice, that if you use your fingers to gently slide the blocks against each other, you can feel when the block “clicks” into place. This is usually called “butting” or “nesting” your seams, and is a great way to not only get precise intersections, but also to distribute bulk.
5. Press Block.