Some tips for September's Project of the Month
September's project of the month is perfect for fall holidays! The beautiful autmnal tones of the Sandy Gervais' Perfectly Seasoned fabric collection blend delightfully in her Turkey Crossing table runner pattern.
One of sample sewists, Paula, whipped up our own in-store sample from the patterns and found a few things she wanted to share with you to make it even easier when you make one for your holiday table.
The instructions, as written, are fine but there are a few techniques that could be improved upon.
The first section SQUARE IN A SQUARE BLOCK
From gold floral fabric cut one strip 3 ¼” x 12”
Sub cut into 3 @ 3 ¼”
From Orange leaf fabric:
Cut one strip 2” x WOF
Sub cut 12 @ 2” x 2”
From brown bias plaid fabric:
Cut 1 strip 3” x 22”
Sub cut into 6 @ 3”x3” Cut each of these once diagonally to make 12 triangles.
Follow the instructions to piece the block, but add these steps:
After stitching each of the squares to the corners (steps 1, 2 and 3), trim the seam allowance to ¼”. This will remove the extra bulk in the corners. Chain sew all 3 blocks at the same time, alternating sides, pressing and trimming. Then square up the block to 3 ¼”. By overcutting the squares and squaring up, you will avoid the block ending up too small due to warpage caused by pressing.
Follow step 5, then square up the block to measure 4 ½”.
CUTTING AND PIECING RAIL FENCE SECTION OF BLOCK
Cut the following:
From the cream dot, gold floral, orange leaf and brown bias plaid fabric
Cut 2 strips 2” x WOF. DO NOT SUB CUT THE STRIPS YET!
Sew Strips together as shown in illustration. Press the strips toward the brown strip. You will have 2 strip sets of 4 fabrics each.
Sub cut these strip sets into 4 ½” segments. You will need 12 of these.
CUTTTING AND PIECING THE SETTING TRIANGLES
Instead of making the square like is pictured in the instructions (Which will make your setting triangles look like they have been patched together) try this:
Cut the following:
From Solid Cream Fabric:
4 strips 2 ½” x WOF
From Orange Bias plaid fabric:
2 Strips 1 1/2” x WOF
Sew 1 cream strip to orange strip, then add a cream strip. This will make a cream, orange, cream strip set. Make 2 of these.
Cut the strip sets at 45 degree angle, rotating the ruler back and forth, you should end up with 14 triangles that look like the ones in the instructions. You will only need 12 of these. Cut the outer cream strip (the long end) down to 2 ¼” on each triangle. These are your setting triangles.
When you assemble your blocks, make sure that the inner orange strip lines up at the same point on the 4 color strip block. This will help give that cool secondary orange square stripe look square when you finish piecing the blocks.
The rest of the instructions are good to go!