This week we have some fun new blocks, which include Strips and Squares by V & Co., a Churn Dash by Kathy Schmitz Studios (my favorite), and a variation of the Sawtooth Star by American Jane.
Block 4 Download –Sampler-shuffle-block04
Block 4 demonstrates how different a block can look when you change the values or placement of the fabrics such as positive / negative or just scrappy.
Block 4 in Creams and Reds – Creams as the background and reds as the secondary print.
Block 4 Scrappy – Creams as the background and scrapping up the secondary prints.
Block 5 Download –Sampler-shuffle-block05
Fussy cutting is always a fun way to add character to your block. To audition your fabric for this block, try using a 2 1/2″ square ruler to center over the area you want to cut out.
2 1/2″ square Block_Loc Ruler
2″ square cut from card stock.
I like the Precision Trimmer. The ruler is great for squaring up half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles and fussy cutting any square from 1 1/2″ up to 6 1/2″.
Churn Dash in Bonnie and Camille Fabrics.
Churn Dash in Carolyn Friedlander Doe Fabrics.
Watch those corners…or you might find yourself un-sewing.
Block 6 Download – Sampler-shuffle-block06
Flying Geese units are another one of those blocks where you can find a multitude of ways to make one. We are going to review several, but maybe you have a method you like.
The Corner Triangle – Not my favorite. I really struggle with this method of making flying geese. For one thing, I hate wasting the other half of the triangle.
You will cut 4 rectangles 2″ x 3 1/2″. I like to refer to these pieces as the bird. Cut eight 2″ squares and draw a diagonal from corner to corner. These are the wings. Sew on the diagonal line and trim 1/4″ on the outside. Press towards the small square. Repeat on the opposite side. You will make four of these units.
Make 4 at once – I love this method – Refer to our tutorial – Flying Geese for detailed instructions.
For this block, from the background fabric cut one square 4″ (bird). From the secondary fabric, cut one square 6 1/2″ (wings). Draw a diagonal line across the 4-inch square. Center the background on top of the wings right sides together. Sew a quarter inch on both sides of the line. Cut on the diagonal. Press towards the dark, or try pressing the seams open.
Lay the two squares right sides together, you will notice the squares now match up in size. Draw a diagonal line, this time the opposite direction and sew 1/4′ on both sides. Cut on the diagonal line. Press the seams open. Use Eleanor Burns 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Flying Geese ruler or the Block-loc 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Flying Geese ruler to cut 4 flying geese from the squares.
Block 6 Bonnie and Camille Fabrics
Block 6 Carolyn Friedlander Fabrics
Block 6 Reds and Creams