Sunday, June 3, 2012
Newby Quilting Bee - Old Maid's Puzzle and Sister's Choice
Two Blocks this week! Old Maid's Puzzle on the left and Sister's Choice on the right. Since we will be making two blocks in class, I would like you to come with your fabric already cut out and ready to sew. I am going to suggest that you cut a small snippet of fabric and paste or tape or staple or pin it to your instructions below, so that you don't get confused about what you are cutting out. Or use a color crayon to mark the color prominently next to the cutting instructions for that part of your block. And then check them off once you are done.
Here are your cutting instructions for the Old Maid's Puzzle Block:
2 strips of your background fabric (the white in the sample) to measure 5 inches by width of fabric 44". Cut these strips into 5 inch squares. You will need 15.
(now don't freak out if you don't have 44" wide fabric, if you are using fat quarters for your background or scraps, just make sure you end up with 15 of your 5 inch squares.)
Of your secondary color (the gray in the sample) you will need 4 of your 5 inch squares.
Of your primary color (the purple in the sample) you will need 2 of your 5 inch squares.
Of your primary color (again the purple in the sample) you will need 1 square measuring 9 inches.
Please pin your squares together by size and color and label them with a small piece of paper. Enclose them in a zip lock bag and bring to class.
Here are your cutting instructions for the Sister's Choice Block:
From your background fabric (the white in the sample) you will need 8 pieces measuring 4 inches square and
8 pieces measuring 5 inches square.
From your secondary fabric (the gray in the sample) you will need 5 squares measuring 4 inches.
From your primary fabric (the blue in the sample) you will need
8 squares measuring 4 inches and
4 squares measuring 5 inches.
As with the block above, please pin your squares together by size and color and label them with a small piece of paper. Enclose them in a zip lock bag and bring to class.
In our class Friday we will be focusing on a technique called chain stitching. This is a great time saver when you are doing several pieces that are exactly the same. When you are piecing a quilt, you will want to look for opportunities to use this technique.
Looking forward to a great class with lots to share! See you Friday, June 8th! Directions for making the blocks will be posted on Friday afternoon after class.