Hi. My name is Trish and I blog over at notes of sincerity. I am so happy to be back at the Moda Bake Shop sharing another tutorial. Thank you so much for your kind comments left on my previous tutorials.
5 Avalon charm packs
1 1/9 yard Avalon Daisy Natural (blocks)
1/2 yard Avalon Daisy Natural (binding)
4 yards Avalon Cherry Candy for backing
*optional : starch
Our quilt today will consist of two blocks. A four patch block and a diamond block made from half square triangles.
Open and divide charm packs into two piles. You will need 128 squares for the 32 four patch blocks and 62 for the 31 diamond blocks.
Iron and cut 8 – 5″ by width of fabric strips. From these strips cut 8 – 5″ squares. You will need 62 (having two left over).
For the four patch blocks, pair and sew two charm squares together. Press with hot dry iron to set seam then press to one side = 64 pairs. Sew those pairs into 32 four patch blocks, being sure to “lock” center seams.
Press with hot dry iron to set seam, then (using a little starch – optional) press to one side. Here is an example of the back to one of the blocks.
Square to 8 1/2“.
Repeat until you have 32 blocks.
For the diamond blocks you will draw a diagonal line on one side of the neutral square. Place flat, right sides together, and pin to patterned fabric.
Sew a 1/4″ seam on either side of the line. Press with hot dry iron to set seam, carefully cut along drawn line.
Iron seams open (my personal preference).
Square to 4 1/2″.
Form a square with four half square triangles in a diamond shape pattern. Sew top two and bottom two together. Press to set seam with hot dry iron, then press to one side.
Sew top two blocks to the bottom two blocks. Press to set seam (with what??) a hot dry iron (wink), then press to one side. Square to 8 1/2″. Repeat until you have 32 blocks. **little note : pressing both of your blocks to one side will allow those blocks to “lock” together while sewing into rows, then later when sewing rows together to form the quilt**
Lay your blocks out as you would have them – into rows. Sew your rows together, locking seams as you go. To insure that all my rows locked as desired, I made sure to place all diamond block seams facing up and all four patch block seams facing down before sewing.
Now that all your blocks are sewn into rows, it is time to press your rows so that they may be sewn to become your quilt top. To reduce bulk and allow for the seams to lay flat after pressed, I pressed away from the diamond blocks.
Pin each row together and sew rows together, one at a time. I like to number each of my rows with a tiny sticky tab, that way they are sewn together in the pattern I intended, with no guess work.
When rows are all sewn together, you will quilt as desired, bind using 2.5″ strips, and enjoy.