Part 1 of this Typing Paper Quilt article is here
Part 2-A is here Part 3 is here
Sew your Blocks
1. Take one of your 16 squares of your paper and lay one of the Center Strips of fabric diagonally across the paper from corner to corner as shown with right side of fabric up. Hold it in place with a pin, a bit of tape or a little glue stick.
You may want to draw some diagonal lines on your blocks as shown here, or just work with blank paper. The lines are not necessary, but may help you to sew more evenly. The white square in the diagrams is the paper, the brown-gold color is your working surface, not part of the block.
I have slightly exaggerated the rough edges of the fabric to show you that they do not need to be cut perfectly straight.
2. Add a 2nd strip of fabric in Family A and build one side of the block. This strip will be laid right side DOWN on the first strip with the edges lined up or slightly overlapped as shown below.
You will sew in a straight line a healthy 1/4" inside the raw edges of the two pieces through both pieces of fabric and the paper foundation.
After sewing flip the 2nd strip up and over so the right side is uppermost and press. If you have areas of the seam which are much wider than others, trim them down a little with scissors, being careful not to cut through fabric front or paper. Seams should not be cut to less than 1/4 inch.
After pressing your first two strips will look like this:
3. Now you can continue and add a 3rd strip in the same way in the Family A group. Each strip as you work out toward the corners can be a little shorter in length than the previous strip. It will look this way:
Here, above, I show the 3rd strip laid to make it more narrow when sewn and you would want to trim away some of the excess from the seam. Again, flip it over and press and trim seam so it will look something like this:
4. Continue in this manner adding 2, 3 or 4 more strips to reach the upper corner with Family A fabrics. Remember that you can use shorter and shorter scrap pieces as you get close to the corners.
5. Now flip the block upside down and sew the opposite side of strips out to the corner with Family B fabrics until you cover the complete square of paper.
6. Press the entire block and turn it over to the paper side. Trim all around the four sides of the block carefully along the edges of the paper to have a perfect square. The paper is your guide to make sure all your blocks are exactly the same size.
MAKE SIXTEEN of these blocks with Family A fabrics on one side of the Center Strip and Family B fabrics on the other side of the center diagonal. The fabrics should be mixed in each family. The Center Strip of fabric should be the same.
7. Here are 2 possible ways your blocks can look after you finish sewing the strips and trim them around the edges.
Above block: Family A is black and white and B is made of reds. The Center Strip fabric is solid black.
Above block: The A Family is made of sunny yellows and the B is scrappy blues. The Center Strip is a bold yellow-black stripe.
In NEXT Part 3:
Ways to assemble your blocks:
different looks in sample quilt tops
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