Friday, February 2, 2018

February 2018 Block Lotto

Charleston Square
8.5" unfinished
8" finished





Step One
What you need for one block:
2 solids in the same color family
Low Volume

Step Two
For one block:

* There is an error in the photo above.  Each label that says 2" square  should say 2 1/2".

1 - 3 3/8" square (low volume)
4 - 2 1/2" squares (low volume)  *

1 - 3" square cut on the diagonal (light solid)
4 - 2 1/2" squares (light solid)  *

1 - 3" square cut on the diagonal (dark solid in the same color family)
4 - 2 1/2" squares (dark solid in the same color family)  *



Step Three

Place one triangle face down on a side of the diamond.
The dog ears overlap the diamond 1/4" on each side.
Sew the triangle to to the square using a 1/4" seam.
Repeat with a triangle of the same color on the opposite side.

Step Four


Repeat Step Three with the remaining two triangles.
Open the triangles and press.
Trim your square to 4 1/2" if necessary paying careful attention to the 
corners where the diamonds and triangles touch.  
Look at this next photo:


Step Five
Lay out all of the pieces for the block noting how the light and dark solids are grouped.


Step Six
Sew the top row of squares together using a scant 1/4" seam.
Sew the bottom row of squares together using a scant 1/4" seam.

Step Seven
Sew the two solids on either side of the center square together and press the seams.
Then sew these  two sets of side solids to the center using a scant 1/4" seam.  Before
sewing, put an anchor pin through both layers of fabric at the intersection of the seams.
Then put a pin on either side of the anchor pin.  If you stitch on the wrong side of the
center square, you can see exactly where to sew through the seam intersection and not
cut off the points.

Step Eight
Sew the three rows together.  Again, put an anchor pin in, and side pins in, and sew on the wrong side so you can see exactly where to sew through the seam intersections.   Press.




1 comment:

  1. During January's meeting I described how I cut and strip pieced Charleston patches. It's a different way to work. I couldn't have gotten to it without Margaret's directions.

    My images are here as well as a foundation pattern for you to download
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BR1D86TKDnYY2jcR3Qw9e8L7lihIXqCu?usp=sharing

    Try not to do as I did. My meeting block was partially upside down, which I didn't notice.

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