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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