Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hive 5 - June tutorial

Hi it's Abigail from cut&alter here and I am so excited to be Queen Bee of Hive 5 this June.  I went back and forth a dozen times when deciding which block to request, truly I find that the hardest part of belonging to a Bee, but finally settled on the block below .... 

I first saw it in a local quilt shop where it was called Kisses and Crosses, but have since seen it on the Stash Bee referencing Lori Holt's Cross Roads Block.  Whatever it's called I loved the look of this quilt, which is a Stash Bee finish from last year (and Cyndi was a Hive Fiver too!).
Fabric requirements:
- 8 squares of low volume fabric cut to 4 1/2"

This was my initial choice for the low volume squares, but I ended up swapping the square with the X on it for a white on white print.  Whilst it looked OK, when I turned the photo to B&W on the camera it read as mid volume and was just too dark.
- 48 squares of scrap fabric cut to 2 1/2"
I really want a colourful scrappy quilt so really anything goes .... apart from brown please!  As you can see on my example I have used almost 48 different fabrics (there are a couple of repeats).  If you can do that it would be great but if you don't have a scrap stash like that then don't worry and repeat fabric but please try to keep it away from each other.
Sew 4 small squares together into a 4 patch
Iron seams to one side and interlock seams when joining rows
This block will measure 4 1/2" square
Make 4 and set aside

Take 16 small squares and mark the diagonal line on the back
Place 2 small squares in opposite corners of the large square

Sew along the line - I find that I get a better finish when I sew a needle's width to the outside of the line
Press to set the seam and then iron open

Trim the excess fabric away
This block will measure 4 1/2" square
Make 8 blocks like this

Take 2 triangle blocks and join together matching the seams
Press seam open

This block will measure 4 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Make 4 blocks like this

Using the remaining 16 small squares make four 4 patches and then join together to make a 16 patch
Lay out as a 9 patch formation - ensuring triangle blocks are facing the correct way

Join together as rows

Press seams in the direction shown by the arrow below

Join top and bottom rows to centre row

Press seams in the direction shown by the arrow below

And that's it!!  I do have another request ...... I was wondering if you would all be happy to make a signature block for me to piece into the back?  It would be a lovely reminder of all my wonderful Hive mates.  I have made an example which fits with the front very well (!), which you can see below, but you could do your own thing if you want.   It just needs to have you name and location on it.

Any questions please do ask and I am so looking forward to receiving your lovely blocks!  Thank you very much in advance. x

1 comment:

galinkamih said...

Спасибо за чудесный мастер класс!!получается красивый блок...