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THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT TIP!
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So now go trace your templates on your fabrics and cut out your pieces.
As detailed as I am being in this post I know that for some this may not register at first. It’s ok. We are only human. Don’t give up.
I am putting a link here for the piecing post I did for the Castle Wall Block back in September.
Since that block is a little less complicated,if the following steps cause you panic, go back and read this blog and then jump back here and reread… sometimes seeing the same thing done two different ways/sequences makes things clearer.
Onward we go!
And now you are at your first intersection. An intersection is where three or more pieces meet.
The trick in hand sewing to accomplishing nice neat intersections resulting in sharp points and no pin holes is making a circle around each and every on when you reach it.
If you have roundabout traffic stops, or have ever encountered on, it’s like that. You literally go around in a circle.
At this intersection we are joining Pieces #8-7-6 shown in the diagram above.
OK. somewhere I lost a picture so this direction is just going to be written.
Stab Stitch thru Piece #8 to #7. Pull your thread thru.
Now pin Piece #6 to the opposite side of #6, right sides together (see next pic).
Your needle should now be between Piece #6 and Piece #8. Continue stab stitching thru TWO pieces of fabric at a time…ie, now go thru 6-8, then 8-7, and finally 7-6 where you will start to sew your second seam along the pins shown in the picture above.
Don’t forget to back stitch and finish off with a knot.
Now we will tackle Pieces 1-5. Refer to the graphic above with the green arrow for your sewing sequence.
Sew your seam!
Keep sewing until all intersections have been circled and all five pieces of this triangle are together.
Next up ….PRESSING MATTERS!
With this block I have found that pressing the units (ie. triangles) really makes a difference when sewing them together to make the quadrant square.
My tip: PRESS the center triangles seams out on both pieces! You make think this contradicts the traditional one in and the other out for nestling of seams but with and sewing you have control over those seams and with circling the intersection it really doesn’t matter like in machine piecing. Press in in this fashion allowed me to really match up the points.
Sew these triangles together along the center. I press this seam towards the Piece #6-7-8 Triangle. This square should measure 5.5″. If you are too small, which is common the first time you hand piece sew your seams another thread width or two above the drawn line. Just as in machine piecing. Keep measuring and adjusting until you find your “sweet spot”.
Once you have four quadrants sewn then arrange them following the line drawing of the block and sew together two units. Press these seams in opposite directions for the traditional nestle. Now joint the these two units together (think large 4 Patch).
DISCLAIMER: That center is going to be ugly. It’s 8 points coming together. Take your time circling it, go slow and even do it twice if you feel your block needs it. You can do it. The first block is always the hardest…just push thru.
Now I once my final block seam is sewn take a look at that center. If I like what I see I give the mess in the back a slight trim and then I press that final seam open and the wad in the center into submission. Best Press is my friend and will be yours to!
Here is my hand pieced Paris Flight Block!
Whew…I need a nap. 🙂
Can’t wait to see your blocks. If you have a question please post it in the comments or on the facebook page and I will do my best to answer them in a timely manner. I have a full day of travel tomorrow and lecture in the evening so it may be a day or two.
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