Mar 5 - Building Block Corners
Mar 12 - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
April 2- Star Light Star Bright Parade and Grand Prize Winners
Before we get to this weeks assignment, we need to pick a winner for the Star Centers Assignment. It is so fun to get to see these blocks starting to take shape!!! The winner who will receive 4 charm packs of their choice from Green Fairy Quilts is . .
#37 - madebymyself!!!! - Congrats :)
Alright, a new month and a new assignment. (which is a little late being posted, sorry, that Nyquil didn't want to wear off :) So, lets get to it!!! If you are just finding this QAL, it's never to late to join in the fun :) You don't have to sign up or anything, just start following along with the weekly assignments ;)
THIS WEEKS ASSIGNMENT - BUILDING THE BLOCK CORNERS
Yippee, I am so excited. This week marks the completion all of the units for the block. You will get to see your blocks really coming together!
Alright, to start grab what is left of your HST's pile for your first (or only) block. You should have 8 HST's now. For today's assignment you will need all 8 HST's that are left. To that you will be adding some of your remaining squares. Those are the ones that are the same size as your HST's :) Add 4 background squares and 2 of each of your 2 Star fabric squares. So if you look at your HST's, the Star Fabrics for each block will be the two prints that are different in the two sets of HST's :)
You will be making 4 corners per block, 2 corners of each of the 2 Star prints. So for each corner you will need to layout 2 HST' of the same Star Print, 1 matching Star Print square, and one background square as shown below. You can sew these together in rows, or columns, but I prefer rows so that is that is how I will be showing it, but if you like doing it a different way go right ahead :)
Quick Note before we start sewing - Just like the units before this one, each time I sew a seam I lay my pieces back out into the layout above. And like before as well, I highly recommend chain piecing your 4 corners, and to that end you can also assembly line piece all 4 corners for all of your blocks as well. Like always, just remember to layout the pieces on top of one another so that you are only ever looking at one corner unit on top, and it has layers of corners beneath it. And always clip your threads and stack your pieces back up in the same order.
Okay, lets get to sewing. Place the right hand pieces onto the left hand pieces with right sides together and aligning raw edges. Pin if you are worried about the pieces slipping. Sew a 1/4" seam along the edges.
Clip your threads and then press the seams towards the squares and away from the HST's . This will allow you to nest them in the next step.
So you now have 2 rows that will look something like this ;)
Now we are going to sew those rows together. Place the top row onto the bottom row with right sides together. Align the center seams and pin them in place. Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.
Press the seam open to avoid bulk.
And your Corner is complete!! If you are doing multiple blocks and were assembly line piecing, enjoy all your corner units.
If you were doing one side at a time, just repeat the process so you have a total of 4 Corner Units, 2 per each Star Print fabric, per however many blocks you have in your project :)
This weeks prize is 3 Happy Quilting Patterns. The winner can choose their favorites :)
So what do you have to do for a chance to win these patterns? Simple . . . Just link up your Block Corners :) You can link to a blog post or a flickr picture, or whatever. Just make sure to link up by next Wednesday morning as I will be announcing a winner in next weeks post :)
If you don't get your Corners done by next week you can still link it up :) (just not in time for the prize :) The linky will remain open until the end of the Quilt-A-Long. So if your out of town, or just had a busy week, no worries!!! Just link up when you can :)
And don't forget to add your Block Corners to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group!!! I can't wait to see them all :) Yippee Skippee!!!
So let's get sewing!! Oh, and if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a Happy Quilting Day!!