the grape thieves l PROJECT One (1) of blackbird C reversed. Three (3) of stem reversed. Three (3) of leaf A. Three (3) of leaf A reversed. Three (3) of leaf B. Four (4) of leaf B reversed. Q Q Q 13 From mixed darks, blues or greens, cut five (5) of the vine template and five (5) of the vine template reversed. Q Q Q 12 From the dark charcoal fat quarters, cut the following using the templates: One (1) of blackbird A. One (1) of blackbird A reversed. One (1) of blackbird B. One (1) of blackbird B reversed. One (1) of blackbird C. OS side block OS centre block Piecing the Odd Scraps (OS) Blocks Fig 6 Make two (2) side blocks and two (2) centre blocks ( You will be making the units for all the blocks at the same time. Q 14 Fig 6). Take two (2) 6in cream squares and pair them, right sides together, with two (2) 6in blue squares. Make HST units eight at Q Q Q Q TECHNIQUES Making HST units eight (8) at a time Now cut each HST unit diagonally perpendicular to the seam. You will have two (2) mirror-image QST units per HST ( the row. Butt/match the seams at the points and stitch together. Take two (2) squares and align them right sides together. On the lighter fabric square, mark a line diagonally in each direction. Stitch a scant ¼in from this line on both sides. Cut apart through the centre both horizontally and vertically, then cut apart on the lines. Press seams towards the darker fabric and trim and square up units if necessary ( Pieced triangles Fig 3). Using slightly oversized HSTs helps with accuracy when making pieced triangles, but this also means it’s important to align them correctly when stitching the cut pieces together. Align the top edge of the square unit with the top edge of the right angle on the cut triangle. The bottom corner will overhang the edge. Flip the triangle over onto the square and stitch a scant ¼in seam. Press towards the triangle, taking care to avoid stretching the bias edge. Repeat with the second cut triangle, again aligning the edge of the right angle on the triangle with the edge of the square. Flip over, stitch and press towards the triangle. Lay a ruler along the new hypotenuse (the edge opposite the square) – it should be straight and fall ¼in away from the point of the square. Trim if necessary for a perfect pieced triangle ( Fig 3 Setting blocks on point Fig 1). Check that you have the correct triangles for each part – side triangles (A) are QSTs (with the straight grain on the long side) while end setting triangles ( B) are HSTs (with the straight grain on the short sides) ( Stitch two (2) end triangles to adjacent sides of each block that will be at the end of the row, then add a side triangle to each; make sure they are all oriented the same way. Stitch two (2) side triangles to opposite sides of each block that will be in the middle of a row, making sure they are all oriented the same way. Press all seams away from the blocks. Rotate the end and middle blocks to form Fig 1 Fig 4). Making HST units two (2) at a time Take two (2) squares and align them right sides together. On the lighter fabric square, mark one diagonal line. Stitch a scant ¼in from this line on both sides. Cut apart on the line. Press seams towards the darker fabric, then trim and square up units if necessary ( Fig 5). Fig 2). B A Fig 2 End block Middle block Fig 4 Making mirror-image QST units Make two (2) HST units. Press your seams towards the darker fabric, then trim and square up units if necessary. Fig 5 54 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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