June 25, 2011
Modular Cathedral: Little spinner block
A simple little modular cathedral block this week. The fabrics were pulled by a leprechaun. True story.
I've been finding my layers shift a lot while stitching the two halves together and so when I have seams to match with these bulky blocks I align them and start sewing the seam right in the middle where the points meet. I stitch to the end and then come back and sew the other half of the seam. It takes a little longer than sewing it straight from one end to the other, but not as long as ripping the stitches out and starting again!
Edited to add full block info/instructions:
The block finishes at 9 inches without a border, and 11 inches with a border. (I find it easier to roll back the bias edges with a border already sewn.)
Requirements: eight 5 inch squares, four in the focus fabrics (you will see relatively more of these) and four in the contrast fabrics (you will roll these back). 1.5 inch strips for border.
Press the contrast squares in half along the diagonal.
Lay a folded square over each backing square with the folded edge along the diagonal. Use a dab of fabric glue within the seam allowances at each corner of the folded triangles.
Sew the block together using an extra scant 1/4" seam allowance.
Pin back the bias edges and topstitch. I did this in two "S" shaped diagonal passes, from outside corner to the opposite outside corner.
Posted by Christina at 2:21 PM