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Thread: Anvil Block

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    So, here as promised is the next block, it is a 9 inch version of the one before, different black for sure, and the red I think, some got doubled up and I tried to keep them in seperate blocks but I might have missed in one or two.

    last nights block
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    So we first cut our strips as accurately as we can, our cuts today are

    Lights:
    1- 3 7/8 " sqr cut to HST
    2 - 2 3/8" sqr cut to HST
    2- 2" sqr
    Dark :
    2- 3 1/2 sqr
    4- 2 3/8 SQR cut to HST
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    I like to do my HST next, but it is personal preferance.

    I open my strips up and layer them right sides facing, cut the 2 3/8 square and then do the angle cut, I find this quick for me for when I sit down to sew them, I just peel the two up that go together (sometimes needs a little straightening) and sew them together, they are already matched.

    You need twice the dark as light, so you need to make sure that you have the extra strip or two depending no how many you are doing to continue cutting the dark.

    So then continue to do the rest of your cuts.

    Accuracy here will help a lot when you go to sew them together!!!!!!!

    all the pieces are cut.
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    matching strips
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    HST cut from strips
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    so now we get to move to the machine.

    if you haven't already, check that your 1/4 inch foot and or guide is indeed 1/4. The pieces are measured for that seam allowance, especially with the angles that we have, it can throw things a lot as you go if you are even just a little out.

    Sew together your small HST, one dark and one light, giving you a square, check your seam when you are done, you don't need to check all of them, but especially if you are having trouble with your points, this is a good place to start checking. 1/4

    Open them and press seams to the dark side (though this is as well personal preferance) You should have 4 per block.

    checking the 1/4 with the lovely tool that Overlander sent me.
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    chained pieces
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    pressed, seams I did to the dark side.
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    We are going to add on to those pieces now, seperate them into two equal piles, the next step the HST's are put on differently between the two piles. check the pictures below.. Line up the corners before sewing, yet again, accuracy is the key to keeping your points.

    If you think you will have a problem keeping them seperate so you don't mix up the way you are doing them, do them in two batches, if you are doing a lot all at once you may want to do this anyway.

    I put a piece on either side of me and lay it the way it will be going on the block, this helps when doing a bunch without having to recheck all the time.

    *HST= half square triangle

    laid out so you can see the differences. If you do them all the same you will be picking some of them out.
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    you can spread them out to make it easier to grab the pieces
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    Press the points out, and check your 1/4 on a few of them to make sure that you are staying where you are supposed to be. you now have one of your points, is it where it is supposed to be?

    yet again using the lovely talented tool that Overlander sent me in a squishie.
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    So since things are going so well and our seams are where they are supposed to be, we are going to take a break, grab a drink of choice and take an animal break!
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    wonderful tutorial, cutebuns!

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    so we are back, I hope you all enjoyed Kate (lab puppy) and Puff ( cat)

    so where were we, oh yes,

    I yet again put the piece that I put on top on my right and the other piece on the left, it doesn't matter which piece you pick to do this two, just make sure that they are all the same ones. set the other ones aside so as not to get them mixed up. sew your 1/4 seam again.

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    check your point again, it should be a 1/4 inch from the side.
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    Take the other pieces and the square. line up the pieces so that the point goes down along the edge and the corner lines up. sew the 1/4 inch seam once again. You can stop and press now or continue to do the opposite side and then press, I leave my chains together and they get pulled up to the machine, but again, you can snip them apart if it makes it easier for you.

    Press and do that spot check again, once you figure out what it looks like you can do a visual as you press them.

    * Press the way that you started, either open or to the dark side.

    **note, I do not use pins at all as a rule, there are a few exceptions, feel free to use them if you need to.

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    line up corner and point hangs off of the end.
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