Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Week 2 - Gem Collector Sew Along

Last week we covered the cutting instructions for making our Table Runner or Table Square. To create the hexagon shapes from 5" charm squares and the companion half triangle/rectangle pieces we used a 60 degree triangle ruler.
For those that asked me about this ruler - I purchased it HERE.
I purchased the 6 piece Black reproduction fabric bundle from Kelly Ann's shop found HERE.

This week we will sew our "Hexagon Squares" together.
The tutorial below is for piecing this block using rotary cut hexagon shapes. You will use a 1/4" seam allowance when sewing all your pieces together.

Let's get started.... place one of your background sections on top of the upper right side of your hexagon. Align the seam lines with the tip extending approximately 1/2" above the top edge of the hexagon. Sew 1/4" along the long side.

Press open and repeat this step on the upper left side of your hexagon.

Trim the excess fabric from the top of the block by aligning the ruler with the top of the hexagon fabric.
TIP: ALSO align the bottom edge of the hexagon along the 4-1/2" line on your ruler to keep your cuts straight and square.

Flip your block over and repeat these sewing and cutting instructions to complete the bottom half of your block.

You will need to trim up your "Hexagon Squares" to measure 5" x 4-1/2". Align the bottom of your block again along the 4-1/2" line on your ruler. Slide your ruler to the right of your block, aligning the side point of your hexagon at the 1/4" mark. Trim down the side.
Flip your block over to repeat on the left side - squaring your block up to 5" x 4-1/2".

That completes our lesson on making "Hexagon Squares"!
Your assignment this week is to sew all of your Hexagon Squares together.

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3 comments:

  1. I am going to try to work on mine tomorrow. I am working on binding my jelly roll quilt too.

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  2. What sweet little blocks and they look SO EASY to make ! I can not wait to get started on mine

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  3. Hi Doreen...running behind with my quilting lately. Hope to get back at it next week. I can't believe how fast the summer is going!

    Hope all is well...
    Hugs, Nancy W.

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