Finally, we get to start sewing! It seems like forever since we cut fabric, doesn’t it? Not to worry, with one clue a month, it is easy to catch up if you are just getting started.
This month we will begin to make the first element, and use those jelly roll strips and charm squares if you have them. So get out those bits, or all your 2-1/2-inch squares, we are going to make nine patches. To begin using charm squares, pair up a light and a dark charm square and sew with a quarter-inch seam on one side. Use about half of what you have.
Then, without pressing or cutting, sew the opposite side.
Now, cut them apart down the middle, at the 2-1/2-inch mark on your ruler, and press. You’ll have two strip sets that can then be cross-cut into 2-1/2-inch units. Half the sewing done already! Then cut the others into two strips 2-1/2-inch wide to complete the nine-patch rows, using a dark or a light as needed. Cross cut into three square units of 2-1/2-inches wide.
If you are using jelly roll strips, pair them with a light-dark-light configuration, and a dark-light-dark configuration and sew long strips. Then cross-cut at 2-1/2-inches to get three units.
For those using scrappy squares, make nine-patches with the squares. This would make a fun leader-ender too. Press to the darks, nest and assemble.
Important – All nine patch units are the same, with four lights and five darks as shown.
Here’s your pdf with the number you need to make for each size – Square Dance DoSiDo
Just now finding this quilt along? Find the cutting instructions on the first post – Square Dance Begins!
Ready for the March Step? Click on March Come Down the Middle.
Tomorrow is the last day to enter the drawing for the Quilter’s Dream Orient queen size bamboo blend batting. See the post on my Sakura Tsuki quilt for entry details.
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