Quarantine Quilt Challenge Week 4
I introduce Four Corners and the directions can be found here at Quilter’s Cache.
Take time to double-check your seam allowance and prep your machine. What’s the level on your bobbin? Do you need to wind more? When was the last time you changed your needle?
When choosing your focal fabrics, make sure they have plenty of contrast. I made a second block (purple/cream), but decided to go with the original. I also swapped out the background fabric for their blue Fabric 1 to keep my blocks uniform.
For this block, there really aren’t any surprises as they are just basic HST’s with a few QST’s thrown in. If you have ANY problems, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’ll be happy to help.
REMEMBER: when cutting your fabric, keep your ruler line ON the fabric to ensure perfect unit size.
This week’s photos will be switching between both blocks, well, because I get engrossed in my sewing and forget to take pictures. The pink/yellow block is the one that will be featured in the quilt.
When cutting the Color 1 (my white background fabric) instead of cutting a 4 1/2″ x 10″ rectangle and a separate 2 1/2″ x 10″ rectangle, just cut a 2 1/2″ strip and make your sub-cuts. I didn’t realize this until it was too late for my fabric. Save what’s left of the strip for a later block.
The corner units are super easy and quick. Sew the squares together according to the diagram, press, attach the rectangle to complete the unit. Press, square them to 4 1/2″, then set aside.
Speed piecing half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles saves so much time and many headaches. Be sure to use a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. It really does make a difference. Trim on the vertical and diagonal lines as directed. Press seams to the dark side.
Sew pairs together, press and trim to 4 1/2″. After sewing two separate blocks at two separate times, I failed to get a picture of this step. *face palm*
It’s now time to assemble the block. It goes together pretty quickly. Just be sure to lay your QST’s in the correct direction according to the diagram.
Press and trim the block to 12 1/2″.
You have now completed Block 4 of our quilt along!
If you are just joining in on the fun, you can find the introduction and previous week’s tutorials at the links below:
In other news, the Stay Home, Stay Safe orders are finally starting to ease up in some areas and quilt shops are beginning to re-open for business. Yay!
I’ve had a pretty busy week of sewing trying to finish up the rest of my Quarantine Quilt in order to get it sent off to my longarmer, The Quiltin’ Lady in New Braunfels, TX. I managed to finish my Good Fortune quilt top and will be sending that one to Bonnie as well. She shipped me my finished Frolic quilt though I haven’t had an opportunity this week to put the binding on. I’m planning to try out my new Clover Hot Ruler, which just happens to be today’s Amazon Item of the Day.
If you need to create graphics for anything from Facebook or Instagram posts to business cards, check out Canva. I edit all of my photos using their FREE editor. Speaking of which, if you are on Instagram, post your progress using the hashtags #texasquilters or #qurantinequiltchallenge. I look forward to seeing your Week 4 blocks!
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