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Block of the Week 34 Garrett Windows
August23
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Block of the Week 34 Garrett Windows

This weeks block is called Garrett Windows. We are strip piecing and then adding our corner pieces. Follow the instructions closely for marking your blocks before you sew the corners on.

I will be giving you some optional layouts for this block as well.

You will need 3 colors and a background

Fabric A - Color 1

Fabric B - Color 2

Fabric C - Color 3

Fabric D - Background

Cutting:

Fabric A - Cut 2 - 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" strips

Fabric B - Cut 1 - 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" strip

Fabric C - Cut 8 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips

Fabric D - Cut 4 - 5" squares

Sewing:

Layout the Fabric A strips and Fabric B strip as shown below.

Sew the Fabric A strips to both sides of the Fabric B strip. Press toward the Fabric A strips.

Cut the above strip set into 4 - 2 1/2" segments.

 

Grab the Fabric C strips and lay them on either side of the above segments as shown.

Sew the Fabric C strips on both sides of stripped segment. Press toward Fabric C. You will have 4 - 6 1/2" units.

You are going to mark a guide line for the corner pieces. To do this, line up the 45 degree line of your ruler along the seam between the Fabric A and B segment as shown.

Then make sure your ruler is 1/4" away from the corner of the Fabric B square as shown below.

Once your ruler is in this position, draw a line.

Then make a tiny mark where the 1/4" away from the Fabric B square is, see picture below.

Flip the square around and repeat the marking process for the opposite corner.

Cut the Fabric D squares on the diagonal.

Fold a Fabric D triangle in half to find the center of the long edge. Finger press a crease to mark the center.

Place the Fabric D triangle on the pieced unit, lining the edge of the triangle with the drawn line. Use the finger crease in the triangle and the little mark you made to line up the center. Pin in place.

Use the edge of the triangle and sew 1/4" seam.

Trim the excess corner off.

Press toward the Fabric D triangle.

Repeat for the opposite corner. 

Press toward the Fabric D triangle. Trim any excess fabric.

Repeat these steps for the 4 units. You should have 4 - 6 1/2" squares.

The above configuration is how I chose to sew this block together, however, I wanted to show you some other options you could choose.

Once you decide which configuration you like, sew the top 2 blocks and the bottom 2 blocks togther. Press the seams in opposite directions.

Sew the top and bottom together. Press the seam open.

I hope you enjoyed this block. 

Don't forget to post your pictures on the Ruth' Stitchery Facebook page to be entered in the August drawing.

Posted by Beth Spillane

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