|This and the following two from Judi|
|All squares from me|
|In the Pink from me|
|DNP variation from me|
|One for a little boy from Mary I., the centre sewn by her son|
when was younger.
|At the Fair: NFS Christmas quilt in the background|
|In the making|
|A Dragonflies quilter donated a large quilt which Maggie cut into four smaller ones.|
|MaGGie has pinned the binding ready to sew.|
|This one had an unusual ruched border|
|Blue and white positive negative|
|All squares 36x45"|
|Join two tumbling block units and press to one side.|
Unpick any stitches in the centre seam allowances.
|As before place third unit on the unpressed unit, pin and sew. Unpick.|
|Wrong side up and the final open seam away from you, bring|
seams two and three towards you so that the centre TB unit is
folded up between the side units.
|Pin, sew and unstitch.|
|Now you have three gaps and three obtuse units to insert.|
|Place obtuse diamond on the unpressed side . . .|
|Pin and sew past the edge, then unpick and turn wrong side up with unsewn seam away from you|
and fold, pin and stitch as before.
|Cut in half evenly |
from the side;
using two rulers helps.
|Two pieces with|
acute centre diamond
points; two with obtuse.
|Sharp acute point units|
in the centre
|Obtuse units ranged in the gaps to form a hexagon shape.|
|A tumbling block unit - you will make three|
|First join the acute units using thread you can see (seam 1). |
press gently to one side. Place an obtuse unit on the unpressed piece so that it covers it exactly. sew from the outside edge
all the way crossing the raw edge slightly (seam 2).
|Turn over and unpick the stitches in the seam allowance.|
Use the back of your unpicker so you don't cut the stitches.
|Now with the unit wrong side up and the unsewn seam 3 away|
from you, pull seams 1 and 2 together so the first diamond folds up inside and piece 1 and 3 are on top of each other .
Sew the seam and again unpick the stitches in the seam allowance.
You should now have a lovely tumbling block unit as above
and minimal bulk where seams meet.
This is an extension of the way four patches are sometimes sewn which also involves unpicking stitches in the seam as described
here. I had never seen it applied to diamonds and hexagons till I saw the wonderful Gyleen Fitzgerald introduce her invention of it on The Quilt Show no. 1403. I took a class with her and was so impressed with the accuracy of this method. Check out her pdf here and her website here.
I'll post more pictures as I sew.
|Each diamond is quartered through the sides.|
|The top two have acute angles the bottom two, obtuse.|
|Rearrange as shown|
|Lovely blocks from Colette|