Slow Days are Hazardous

26 08 2011

Slow days while working in a quilt shop can be hazardous!  If one is a quilter, one tends to shop if there are no customers present, or one comes up with other ideas.  It was a slow day and a couple of us were looking at a bolt of fabric wondering about the best way to showcase it in a project.  I like a challenge and started sketching. By the end of the day I had cut all the fabric to make a store sample.  Making the sample is probably time-consuming enough, but since I came up with my own idea, I wrote the directions as I worked.  Here’s the finished sample.

The challenge fabric was the border print from the Hearth and Home Collection by Henry Glass & Co.  If you like the quilt and you can obtain the directions by clicking on this link Autumn Row Quilt.

I  mention splitting the seams to press a four patch block in the directions.  Here are a few pictures to make that process a little more clear.  (Or maybe everybody already does this?)

This first picture shows where the seams intersect in the middle of the four patch.

Gently grasp the seam allowances on both sides of the first seam sewn and pull in opposite directions to pop the unsecured stitches in the seam allowance.  This picture is a little blurry, but shows this process.

When the  seam is separated a small four patch will be created in the seam allowance.

When pressing the seams to the side a pin wheel effect will occur around the center of the block.

This method reduces  bulk at the center of the block.  Notice  how flat the intersection is on the right side.

If anyone uses the pattern, I’d love to hear back from you.  I think it is pretty detailed, but it is hard to be sure it is clear for someone else.



2 responses

8 10 2011
Barbara Greene

I was about ready to send you a note to see if you were o.k. This new post says it all. I downloaded the pattern now to collect all the fabrics. Thanks so much. Thanks for the tip on the four patch, will try this tomorrow. Glad you are back.


9 10 2011

Love the row quilt– it is a perfect way to showcase that fabric. It would make a great tablerunner too!

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