Hi Everybody! Welcome to week 5 of the New York Beauty Quilt Along hosted by Sara at Sew Sweetness! Today I'll be walking you through Block 7, which can be found here!
simple square from Quilter's Cache! Definitely check out Faith's star tutorial too, her photos are awesome!
I hope you'll try this out! This block honestly is way easier than it looks! Everything is pieced together in sections, and paper piecing makes it a lot easier to be accurate. I won't lie, I was a little afraid of this block when I first started, but quickly realized it's doable! It even came together quickly too, once I got into a groove! So, let's get started!
Materials for one block:
- (8) 5"x1.5" pink prints
- (5) 2.5"x1.5" navy prints
- (9) 5"x2" gray prints
- (4) 2.5"x2" gray prints
- (1) 3"x3" square of yellow print
- (1) 9"x9" square of background fabric
- Template found here.
*If you plan on making all four, you'll need four times the fabric. For the background, I got all four pieces out of a 1/4 yard.
- Paper (I use Carol Doak's Foundation Paper)
- Acrylic ruler
- Add a Quarter Inch ruler (optional)
- Rotary cutting tools
- Note card
- Rotary Cutter/Mat
*I like to use foundation paper over regular printer paper because it is slightly see-through, so you can see the printed pattern from the other side! It's also easier to tear off at the end!
templates. Make sure to print them without scaling! As you can see above, mine cut a bit of the corners off, so I just drew them in with pencil!
Before you start sewing, set your stitch length down a few notches. My machine's stitch is 2.4 normally and I set it down to 2.0 or smaller. This makes it easier to tear off the paper!
*This is where the add a quarter inch ruler really comes in handy. It has a groove on the edge that fits nicely up against the fold, so it doesn't slide around when you're cutting!
7. Stitch along the line between shapes "3" and "4".
12. Take your background, center, and two arc pieces and fold them in half, pressing with your iron so you have a crease.
Do you want to know a little secret? My blocks were all a little smaller than 8.5", so I ended up trimming them down to 8.25". No harm done!