So lets take a look at piecing a block.
Now here is where the putting together the block gets more interesting. You need to find a small piece of fabric to put in the center of the block. It should be anywhere between 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Now lets talk about the center piece. I usually start with one that is the shape and color and texture that "tickels my fancy". This goes back to my grandmother and her put a piece of fabric in the middle and sew around and around. Some times this piece has four sides sometimes it has five sides.
Lets now talk about sides and today's standards. Today and maybe even in my grandmothers day the standards say start out with a middle piece that has five sides. As you can see from all my pictures I sometimes start out with a four sided piece. That is my bad habit from my grandmother. Is it wrong? I am not going to debate that but for all purposes in today's CQ you will need to start out with a five sided piece. One day when we do have CQ standards and guidelines for show quality quilts they more than likely say that your middle piece needs to have five sides. So DO NOT get into my bad habit in picking up a piece of fabric with four sides. Start out right and choose one with five sides.
After it is in the center of the block that is where you find another piece of fabric and sew it on the edge of your center fabric. You can see here in the picture what I am talking about.
Turn over your block and with a rotary cutter cut off the excess fabric from around your base block. As you can see from the picture below my guide lines. After you cut the excess fabric off you want to stitch those guide lines. You can do it by hand or by machine. I stitch them by machine.
After it is all done you have a perfect block for stitching. As you can see there really are just a few rules in piecing a block. They are there to make things easier on you and your stitching.
For my next post you are going to find out what you are going to do with the composition book and colored pencils!
Please if you have any questions on the post just ask. I will be happy to answer them. You can either post them here on the blog or email me privately.