alternating diamond quilt- Written and pictoral directions!!
I've had a few requests to post on how I made the black and white quilt for my Aunt Gracie. It's really easo so I figured a quick tutorial was in order.... did you know it's not that quick to make one of these:shock: I just about have an entire new quilt so I could explain each step and to be honest I LOVE it!!:thumbup: So here it goes and I'm starting with basics so even the newest quilter can follow.
There are two ways to make the triangle so I'm explaining what I did origionally and a quicker method I learned to do ...........after I had done the long tedious process........ which made me a bit crazy for a bit lol:p
Step one:Pick your fabrics. I chose a Fall Batik Charm Pack from Connecting Threads and a White Charm Pack from Walmart for this tutorial. For the Black and White Quilt there was a half yard each of 12 fabrics that I sorted into a mostly dark and a mostly light pile.
Step two: If working with yardage or scraps this is where you cut them into the size of squares or triangles that you need.
For the black and white quilt I used the Easy Angle Ruler and my long ruler to cut individual triangles. You would need to cut each fabric into the size strip indicated on your easy angle ruler, I believe mine where 6.5 in. Then you can cut those strips with your ruler to yeild lost of triangles, be sure to keep them seperated. The method I am using this time with charm packs is easier but makes smaller half square triangles. If you would like to do that then cut your light and dark fabrics into squares of your choice. I think 7 in should yield a similar sixe to the black and white quilt. if in doubt cut them bigger and trim them down to size when finished.
Step three: If you cut triangles then here is where you match them up one light to one dark right sides together and get them ready to sew, .If you cut squares then I want you to grab all of your light squares and decide if you want to mark a line down them or follow me and grab an iron!
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Just fold em in half and iron a crease down the middle.
Step four: For those of you that did the square method layer dark to light right sides together and I pin each side to keep them from shifting in a big stack.
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Step five: Now we sew! If you made triangles this is where you chain piece them through the machine. If you made squares put your 1/4 in foot right on the crease or drawn line and chain piece down one side of all your squares, I took the pin out on the side I had sewn down as I went.
After you finish the first side, flip 'em around and start down the next doing the same thing.
Step Six: If you made squares this is where we use our ruler and cutter to cut our squares into triangles.
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Word of warning!!! Don't get in a hurry and do what I did! :mad: It's ok I sewed back over it with a very scant 1/4 in..... It ended up being ok after it was squared up which is two steps down :thumbup:
Now we are closing in on the fun part! Since I can only attach 10 pictures per post please be patient while I finish this tute :) Hopefully it will only take 2 more posts to git er done:thumbup: