If you missed the post with the supply list, you can find it RIGHT HERE. If, at any time, you get stumped on what something is, you can always look over at the right side bar. I will post the tutorial links there as well so that you can easily refer back to them at any time. Or, better yet, you can refer to THIS PAGE on MY WEB SITE, because you know that you love spending time there, having a look around. :)
You should have a pack of charms (or 42 different 5" squares), and fabric for the borders, and fabric for the backing. Set aside everything but the charm pack. That is all we will use at first.
Now, look through your charm pack and pick out 15 of your favorite squares. These squares will remain un-cut. I picked out squares that have larger scale print, and no plain squares. Here is my selection of 15:
Set these aside. Now pick one more square. It can be your least favorite. It is an extra that is needed for the pieced border. Set this extra square aside as well.
Now, take the rest of the squares and match them up. Make sure they contrast good, for example, don't put the same color squares together.
This is a good contrast:
This is a bad contrast:
As you match them up, place RIGHT SIDES (or pretty sides) together, just as I have shown in the two above photos. When you match them, make sure that all edges are perfectly lined up.
Your finished edge should look like this:
As you sew, you don't need to clip off each one to start the next. Just leave them all hooked together. This is called "Chain Piecing". It is faster, plus it works better because your machine is less apt to 'eat' your fabric at the corners.
When you are finished with all 13 sets, then you can clip the threads in between the squares:
Next, making sure that your squares are lying flat, and all sides are even, sew down the opposite edge the exact same way. Your finished squares should have two edges sewn at 1/4":
We will stop there for today. I will continue with the next step on Thursday.(We will be cutting!)
At that time, you should have:
15 of your favorite squares
1 extra square
13 square sets, sewn at 2 opposite edges.