I hope you are quilting along with us for the Block of the Month! This is April’s block chosen by the quilt store, called Lindy’s Plane. The pattern is on Quilt Blocks Galore at http://www.quilterscache.com/L/LindysPlaneBlock.html
This one was a bit of a bear, with all the seams and little 2 inch squares.
The kit had pink and grey batiks. My friend Karen gave me some size 10 needles, and I used the Aurifil thread she recommended. I hoped these last two ideas would solve my batik puckering problem.
The instructions call for one long piece to be marked into squares then sewn in a zigzag to create the 20 HSTs. I do not like that method, as it is too many starts and stops to reposition, plus there is a lot more marking. I find it easier to chain piece in squares. So I cut 10 2-1/2 inch squares in pink, and 10 in grey, pairing the squares up.
Draw a single line down the middle, and sew 1/4 inch away from the line.
Turn the whole chain around, and sew the other side all at once.
Cut them apart and finger press.
I like to do this all at once with all the HSTs on the ironing board lined up for quick pressing.
Square up your HSTs. If you need to have a refresher on this technique, see my tutorial on How To Square Up Blocks.
Cut 36 grey 2-inch squares by laying out your fabric doubled. Cut rows of 2 inch strips.
Then without moving the strips, cross cut into 2-inch squares.
Cut 8 pink 2-inch squares. Now lay out the entire block. There are so many pieces that this is essential.
Sew one row at a time.
Press your seams opposite so you can nest the rows. I finger press first so I am going the correct way when I get them over to the iron.
Sew the rows together. This block really has a bunch of seams. Looking at it in the store presentation, my friends and I discussed that some of those seams could be eliminated easily, like the six in each corner or the entire corner could be one triangle.
Anyway, here is the completed block. And notice that even with all those seams there are no puckers!! Yipeee!!
Aurifil thread and size 10 needles, a must for batiks. It was my turn to learn something new, and learning something new was the reason for choosing the batiks in the first place. I am beginning to see why some people like these so much. They are still a bit difficult for me to work with, I don’t care for the stiffness of the fabric, or the prints overall. But, they do hold a nice seam line, and crease nicely too when pressed.
If you missed the first blocks, you can catch up with us. Just click on these links for the first three blocks. Remember that I started late, so two are catch up blocks.
I hope you will quilt along and show us your completed top at the end of the year.