Thursday, February 13, 2014

BOM 2014 - Block 1

Warning : Photo heavy post.

So, I finally finished all of the items for the 2014 BOM -- it has been quite an adventure. This BOM is designed as a learning quilt. You will learn a series of techniques throughout the process...including the following techniques : HSTs (Half square triangles), Flying Geese, on-point placements, and pieced borders. I hope you will join us every month as we release a new block, or technique. This BOM is 12 blocks, but we are going to run it for only 10 months, so you will have some months with multiple blocks! All in the name of finishing by December 2014.

So, without further ado, here she is.....

And here is how to make block at a time.....

 Cut the following :

1 - 6 1/2" square (center)
4 - 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 rectangles of background
4 - 3 1/2" squares background
8 - 3 1/2" squares accent

Now, draw a diagonal line on the back of the 8 - 3 1/2" squares of accent.

Now place the 3 1/2" accents on the left side of the 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" backgrounds.

And then sew on the drawn line. Do this for all 4 background pieces.

Now, you will trim off the extra, 1/4" from the sewn line. 

Now, press towards the newly added accent piece.

And repeat the process for the opposite side of the flying goose.

Your piece should now look like the one below. You should have 4 of these units.

Now, lay out the remaining pieces until they look like this.

Now sew into rows, and press away from the geese. Pin the rows (with seams nesting). 

And sew!!!!

And now, your block should look like this!!!

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