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Julie McCluney of California has won 72 – 3.5″ Unfinished Qst Blocks in her choice of Fabrics. Julie has chosen Change of Heart – Moody Blues 4620-85 and she paired it with Vintage Rosie 2819-81. These two fabrics will look amazing together! The value of her gift is $17.99.
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Cheryl has invited me to post a little tutorial on how to create a Winding Ways block using precut shapes. These precut blocks are available from the shop and they really do make it very easy to create a gorgeous quilt.
This is my first tutorial so wish me luck! I took the photos of the first block I made and I used pins. For the rest of the blocks I used the Fons and Porter glue stick and I had good results with both techniques. When I sewed with the pins it forced me to sew more slowly and, therefore, it was easier to sew more accurately but it was more time-consuming to do all of the pinning. Using the glue stick was quick and easy and it took less time for me to sew the blocks together. Whichever process you use, please be careful to keep the 1/4″ seam allowance as accurate as possible.
Once I laid out the pieces, the first thing I noticed was that it was very easy to align the block components together because of the notches that are strategically placed on the pieces. This was very helpful in getting the pieces together with the proper alignment – it definitely made the job a lot easier and quicker. Another important advantage of using the precut pieces was that they were accurately cut and that made it a breeze to put the block together. So let’s go!
Starting with one corner, lay one outer and one inner triangular piece together and either pin or glue starting with the notched area to ensure proper alignment. Next align the outer edges and secure in place.
Once the pieces are together all you have to do is sew them along the curve. Just go slow until you feel comfortable with the process of sewing along the curved edge. When sewing the glued pieces together, I did find that it was easier to sew them with the curved edges facing up rather than trying to flatten it down.
When it came to pressing, I mostly pressed toward the darker fabric but sometimes I just went with the way the pieces wanted to go.
Once the corners of the block were made, I added one of the narrow center strips to each of two corners and that left two narrow strips remaining that will become the center strip.
The next step was to add a second corner unit to the freshly added center strip. Follow the same steps for the other half of the block. See how easy it really is! You should now have two sections ready to sew together as well as two center strips. Just make sure that both sides of the block are pressed in the same direction, it will make it a lot easier to add the next component to the block.
Take the last two center strips and sew them together end to end and press in the opposite direction of the other 2 sides of the block. This will allow you to butt the seam allowances together and will make it easier for you to join the components together accurately.
Align the long joined center strip to one side of the block by nesting the two seams together and either pin or glue the segment into position. Sew it into place.
Once sewn, check to make sure the seams align properly and if all is good then pin and sew the second side making sure to nest the center seam again.
The next step is the most important one of all – make sure you take a few minutes to admire the beautiful block that you have created.
After I got a few blocks made I joined them together and if the seams didn’t match the way I wanted them to then I just adjusted when I could.
These blocks were a lot of fun to put together and they really were not that difficult to make either and they make such a gorgeous quilt. I definitely have a Winding Ways quilt on my list to make!
Thank you Ellen. Great Job. Well Done!
Cheryl at Quilting and Applique Shop
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Take a look at the beautiful Winding Ways quilt on the cover of the American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for February. Laura Boehnke was the designer of this quilt and she used the Accuquilt precut shapes to make this quilt so there was no need to use rotary cutting techniques or purchased templates. The great thing about using the precut pieces is all you have to do is sew. The Winding Ways precut pieces have easy match and sew notches to help you align your fabric pieces together. What makes this quilt super easy is that I put the pieces together using a Fons and Porter fabric glue stick. The glue stick is finer than the regular glue sticks and I did not have to use any pins. I tried pinning the pieces together and then tried sewing but I just could not get the pieces together, the pins were always in the way. I tried the glue stick and well, it was just so easy peasy! It was so unbelievable how easy it was to sew these curved pieces. I am a fairly new quilter and I had no problem once I used the glue stick. …okay my pieces are not perfect but I am very very happy with the way that they have turned out. I decided to make this quilt somewhat like the magazine using blue and neutral fabrics. I wanted to sew another block showing what the blocks would look like using neutrals for the center flower but wouldn’t you know it I lost my glue stick! I searched high and low but to no avail, now I only have the blue flower blocks to show you.
You can purchase these blocks in your choice of fabrics or I can cut them from the fabric in your personal stash.
Click on the picture to see more details of the Winding Ways Precut Block. Please contact me if you would like to order Precut Winding Ways Shapes or if you would like your personal fabric cut into these wonderful blocks.
Congratulations to our two winners in our Free Draw for our Precut Shapes
4.5″ HST Change of Heart -Moody Blues -Northcott Fabrics – Priced At $10.99 goes to our winner Keitha Amdam of B.C. firstname.lastname@example.org
2.5″ HST Package of Dark Shades Solids – Northcott Fabrics – Priced At $14.99 goes to our winner Jane Stephens of Oregon
It was my sons birthday today and he was given the honour of choosing the winner! Thank you to my son and Happy Birthday!