Time for our next step in the Square Dance, this month we Come Down the Middle. This step is easy, and will go really fast, so you can catch up your Do-Si-Do step if you still have some to do. Also, just a reminder, please do not pin these steps to Pinterest, they will be taken down later in the year after the mystery is done.
Pair up your 3×7-1/2-inch Fabric A rectangles with the same size scraps, and sew along the long side (come down the middle). Be careful to sew a straight 1/4-inch seam. Important, press this seam open. Do Not Trim!! You’ll find out why next month.
Pair up your 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 rectangles, putting mediums with darks or varying the colors, and come down the middle again, sewing into pairs along the long side. Press this seam to one side. I usually pick the darker side. Final size of this unit is 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches. Simple this month, so hopefully you can catch up on your nine-patches too.
Watch your seams, as sometimes sewing small bits can end up not having the true scant 1/4-inch. This is a seam that was on a block for the fire quilts project. As the piecer got near the edge, the seam line migrated toward the edge. At the end there are barely a few threads inside the seam allowance.
So, I re-sewed the seam over the first one, you can see how much off the first one was. My seam is a true 1/4-inch. It looks like more because of the zoom to get the detail. I don’t have this block anymore, or I would have gone back and put a seam gauge on it so you could see, but you’ll just have to take my word on this one. You can see to the left side, how the rest of the seam wasn’t a true 1/4-inch either.
Here’s a pdf for your sewing room – Square Dance Come Down the Middle
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