Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING: CLUE # 4

A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING:
CLUE #4
PIECEMAKERS GUILD 2013/2014 MYSTERY QUILT
A mystery quilt in 5-6 installments (6 if you do the larger quilt)
Finished small Quilt 57” sq. with borders
Small quilt without borders 45 ½” sq.
Larger quilt, 64 ½” sq. without borders)
 
Thank you for participating in this mystery. I hope it will be fun, easy, and educational.  Beginners should be comfortable working on it.  Quilting Newbie’s may need a little help.  If you understand how to sew a quarter inch, and a scant quarter inch you should do fine.  If you have just found this clue and need the introduction to this mystery you can find it here:
 
Introduction:  http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-mystery-in-making.html
Clue 1:  http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-mystery-in-making-clue-1.html

Clue 2:  http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-mystery-in-making-clue-2.html
Clue 3:  http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-mystery-in-making-clue-3.html
 
CLUE # 4 
THE BIASED BLOCK

No fabric cutting this month.  We’ll be using units already cut.
Read through the instructions before you begin.  Use accurate ¼ inches constructing this Unit.
 
1.  Cut each of the 4 remaining Fabric “E” 5.5 inch squares in half,
diagonally, making a total of 8 Triangles.

2.  Sew the triangles to adjacent sides of (4) Fabric “A” 5 inch squares (cut in Clue # 1).  When pressing open, be careful not to stretch the bias edges.
 
 
 


On the left you see the Unit that is above, pressed open.  This is the first triangle added





Above  is the unit with the second triangle added and with the unit pressed open.  You will have made a larger triangle.  (You will notice I did leave some selvage on the edge of one of the fabric pieces.  When you are working from the stash and it is slim pickings, you use every scrap.  I even pieced pieces in some areas to have enough fabric for the piece, literally a patchwork.)

3. Trim the long edge of the resulting triangle.  Making sure you leave ¼ inch beyond the point of the “A” square. {Where the two small triangles cross each other}.    You will be trimming the tabs off.

If you look close, A line on the ruler was used to square with the "A" square.  The edge of the ruler is 1/4 inch from the from the point of the "A" square.










4.  Place the unit made in STEP 3,  Right Sides together, with the large Fabric “F” triangles made in CLUE 3. Stitch on the long side of the triangles. Line up the bias edges of the triangles, Do not line up from the square corners.

Notice in the picture on the right, the Fabric "F" triangle is peeking out from behind the pieced triangle. The edge to be aligned is the biased edge of the unit. 

DON’T STRETCH THE BIAS EDGES WHEN STITCHING 
 
HINT:  You’ll be sewing on the bias edges. Put the solid fabric on the bottom and the pieced unit on the top.  Don’t pull on your fabric, guide it.  
 

5.  Press unit open towards the “F” Fabric triangle.  Picture on the right is the pressed open finished Unit. 

6.  Trim your four units to 9 ½ inches.  Label Clue 4 and set aside for next month.

HINT:  When squaring up and trimming
use the bias seam for a guide.
 
This is the last of the units.  When you finish these you will be ready to assemble your quilt next month.
  
NEXT MONTH: ASSEMBLY, BORDERS
and LARGER QUILT, INSTRUCTIONS


Check back for Clue #5
March 19, 2014

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