I really love this little quilt. The blocks look more complicated than they are, and there is tremendous potential for variations. But the pattern... right now, I'm not really in love with that. It's been a long, challenging summer and it seems as though little things are being omitted from patterns... or worse, one misplaced " can really confuse things.
So first, my apologies for the the omissions and additions. Here is what the bottom of Page 1 should say - Mercerie Clarification
To help clarify, I thought a little explanation of the block and my favorite Open Gate ruler - okay, one of my favorite Open Gate rulers... maybe my real favorite ruler! - the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 and Companion. It does the absolute best job for quarter-square triangles, for square-in-a-square units, and for this unit which I've always called a Shaded Four-Patch.
Random block from the quilt. Each block is made with two (2) fabrics and the background. To make this block, I needed two matching (2) grey charm squares and two (2) matching cream floral print charm squares. The charm squares need to measure 5" x 5". For the cream floral print charm squares, only three (3) of the strips will be used for the blocks. The 4th strip is a leftover - pincushions?
The seam is clipped roughly in the middle - a little bit one way or another doesn't matter. It also doesn't matter if you nick the seam allowance because it's likely to be cut off in the seam allowance of the next seam/step.
Flip the piece around and draw a second line in the same manner. The two lines will be at least 1/2" apart but don't worry if they're more than that, or less than that. The only thing that matters is that the line is straight... crosses the seam junction of the corner square... and is at a 45-degree angle to the sides of the rectangle.
The drawn lines are your stitching lines. These are not guides for seam allowance, you will be stitching on the line.
After you've stitched on the line, cut the rectangle apart leaving a scant 1/4" seam allowance from the stitched line. And pretend that I didn't cut the white background rectangle a little larger than necessary.
Just so you know, I wanted to cut these larger so I could show you Monique's - Open Gate's - Fit to be Quarter ruler but I forgot to cut some of the pieces to the required larger size. Oops. It was that kind of a Friday.
I like to press the diagonal seam open because it makes the point of the square nice and sharp but toward the background/large triangle is fine.
Now for the trimming part - I recommend placing masking or GloLine tape to mark the lines for the "cut" size of the square - in this case, 4" x 4". If you're young and have perfect eyesight, this step may not be necessary. I'm not so it is.
This is why I love this ruler - there are so many guidelines and reference points to help you wind up with a "perfect finished square." And I do mean p e r f e c t.
Because the size of this square will be 4" x 4", the lines for the corner square will be at 2" x 2". Pretend that I had pieced this larger instead of to size.
The diagonal line of the half-triangle should line up on the diagonal line of the ruler.
After you have trimmed the first two sides of the pieced square...
Flip the square around and trip the two remaining sides. Again, line up the diagonal seam with the diagonal lines on the ruler. This is where I found the tape-markers to be especially helpful. Did you notice that the square is still exactly on line? Yeah, yeah... Monique is a genius.
Scant 1/4" seam allowance - press toward the four-patch. Yes, I did "pop" the seam on the four-patch though one seam will get flipped back at some point. But "popping" the seams on the four-patch squares - and the blocks - does help when the quilt top is assembled.
But... what if you wanted something a little scrappier?
Add two very scrappy four-patch squares.
This is the ruler. You don't absolutely positively need one to make the blocks but when the results are so good - so p e r f e c t - it's kind of hard not to use it. To help with that, I have two rulers that I am going to give away. Since I know you want to get started with this, this is a quick drawing - leave a comment before Midnight on Sunday night - 12:01 AM Monday morning and you're too late - and you're entered to win. I'll pick winners on Monday - two of them.
I hope you have a terrific weekend - I'm hoping to stay inside and work on a binding or two. And pack some patterns. And finish up some patterns. But mostly I want to get the binding on this...
And yeah, I need to learn how to do one of those draped quilt-y pictures. Mine looks like its wadded up on the chair getting ready to fall off... which it basically is. Is there a class for that sort of thing?