I am working on a quilt and pattern to share with you all once its written and tested by a very generous volunteer. The Pattern Writing Series put on by Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is really, really good. Its a nice place to start if you have no idea what to do or where to go.
Here is a little tutorial I have put together on the stitch and flip technique used for sewing up the Snowball blocks in the pattern.
Step 1: Place 1 piece of background fabric cut for the Snowball block on your design board. Place 4 pieces of main color fabric and/or background fabric in corners of Snowball. I like to iron the corner pieces into triangles by folding the square (wrong sides together) and pressing. I then open the folded triangle and press again. You will not have to mark the diagonal now as you will just sew along the pressed line.
Step 2: Sew each corner piece along the pressed line. You can use leaders and enders here (in this case I used the cut-off portion from previous snowball blocks) when starting and stopping sewing.
Step 3: Press to set the 4 corner seams. Trim the seam-allowance to 1/4 inch. Repeat for all 4 corners.
Step 4: Finger press the seam out, and then press with your iron. And voila, a Snowball block is born!
Weekly sewing round-up:
- another Geranium dress
- minimini rainbow quilt
- another dress no. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing
- another section of my Snowball Nine Patch quilt