Augusta Block – How to Part #1

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First thanks for waiting for the “how-to” blogs on Augusta.  If you follow me on Facebook you will know that over the holiday weekend I landed up seeing an urgent care Nurse for what turned out to be a sinus infection.  I am on the mend but those first few days under the antibiotics…well I slept…a lot.   Not one firework was viewed this weekend.  I promised myself that next year I will make up for this fact.

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I am anxious to share Augusta with you as I am enjoying piecing the blocks already.  Yes I started one during the holiday weekend.  Didn’t get very far but can’t wait to work on it some more this week.

I am not going to go over marking your fabrics using the acrylic templates as that has been covered already under the general info blogs at the beginning of the year and a very detailed blog here (yes it is for the Castle Wall block but the same info applies to all blocks).  But you will find some quick pics below of the process for a quick reminder.

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There are five shapes in the Augusta Block.

Fabrics chosen for the block.  Remember what is tying together all my block in my 2015 On The Road Project is the use of red in each and every one.  Augusta BlockI have decided to put the red in the triangles indicated on the graphic.

You will find an Acrylic Template Orientation Guide PDF on the OTR 2015 page to download and print out.   Here is the graphic so we can follow along during the blog.

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And here are all my pieces cut and ready to go.

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We are going to start with the E-B-E-B-A units.  You will piece four of these.

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First you will piece B to E along the edge that they meet.

I am starting with the green triangle to the right hand E piece.

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Remember you want to match up your sewing lines not your edges for the most accurate piecing.  To do this I push a pin thru each point/end of the triangle lining up the drawn seam line points on piece E.  Then I place a small pin (these are the new short version of Karen Kay Buckley’s pins you can find them in my shop under notions) thru both seam lines.

Start each new seam with a back stitch and then back stitch very 4-5 stitches.  You will make a running stitch.  I rock my needle back and forth taking small bites of fabric.  This is a skill and your stitch size and ease of sewing will improve the more blocks you make.

VERY IMPORTANT: sew one or two threads ABOVE your drawn seam line.  this will make up for the unintentional width added to the drawn line by whatever drawing instrument you used.   The templates have a 1/4 inch seam line.  Thus when marked that becomes slightly larger.

Knot off at the end and repeat for the second triangle B (red in my case) and second piece E.

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Press your seam allowance towards piece E.

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Now it is time to sew these two B-E pieces together down the long center seam.  Your first “roundabout” will happen at the center of this seam. We will cover each move in detail   But don’t knot off when you are done you will pivot and sew piece A onto the edge of your outer edge triangle B.

Red circles in illustration indicated where Roundabouts will be made.

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Let’s line up that first part of the seam line but matching up our corners.

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The pin goes right thru the corner on the other unit.

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I have pinned each end and the center point/seam matchup perpendicularly so the pins can remain in right up to the moment I am sewing thru the roundabout.

I also pinned the seam lines on each unit 20150629_193651

Make a backstitch to start your seam and begin your running stitch just above the drawn line.20150629_193753

Finish off with a back stitch at the end of this first leg of stitching and it’s time to make a roundabout.  This move will draw all four corners together giving you a nice crisp intersection when you open up the unit. picP20150629_194213

picPush your needle thru B (green) to adjoining E at the very corner of the seam line. As if you were aligning the points.  Pull your thread thru. 20150629_194311

Same move but this time from E to the opposite triangle B (red).  Pull thread thru. 20150629_194412

Repeat move again this time from B (red) to adjoining E.  Pull thread thru20150629_194429

Push needle from E to B (green triangle).  Pull thru thread20150629_194452

Right back where we started. Repeat just once more to get to the remainder of the seam to sew.20150629_194507

Make a backstitch and sew the rest of the long center seam joining both B-E pieces. 20150629_194614

But don’t knot off you can join piece A immediately.

Make a roundabout joining A-E-B sew the seam and end with another roundabout on the opposite edge. 20150629_195236

So here is where I have to leave you.  I have run out of space to post the final unit picture but I think you will be fine.  I did actually go back and remove a few pics just to get all these in.   Thursday we will tackle the C-D-C units and the sewing of all the units and center triangle together.   And on Friday we will have some fun designing with the Augusta Block.

Thanks again for hanging in there with me and few free to post any questions you may have.

Enjoy the day,

Mickey

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6 Responses to “Augusta Block – How to Part #1”

  1. Love your word “Roundabout” and great photos of that process. I just call it “connecting” the pieces but Roundabout sounds so much cooler!

  2. Carole Sullivan says:

    wow–I bet it took a lot longer to make the tute than it actually took to make and design the block…impressive!!!!! thanks for shairng everything you do!

  3. EDITH says:

    Great tutorial, love the block. Thank you.

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