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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Learn to Quilt--Project 1--Day 6

Before we begin today's tutorial, let's do a quick inventory to make sure we are on the same page:

1--candle mat--finished(yay!)
12--uncut plain squares, plus one extra
12--pieced checkered squares (I failed to mention that you had to steal a couple from your border pile)
1 pile of pieced rectangles to be used for a border
Border and backing fabric, and batting.

We will be assembling today's runner much in the same way as the candle mat, only larger. If you need to refresh your memory, you can read about it RIGHT HERE. You may need to refer back to it several times for more detailed instructions of tonights tutorial. 

Just as in the mat, start by trimming 1/4" off the right side and bottom of your 12 plain squares.
Arrange them anyway you would like as long as you have four horizontal rows of 6 squares. Here are a couple of possibilities I have:

When you choose your design, it is best to either label them, or just leave it laid out and work on two squares at a time until you are finished so that you won't mess up your pattern. Also, press all the squares in the top row to the right, the second row to the left, third row to the right and fourth row to the left. This will assure that they bump up together nicely when sewing to the row below. 

On our next tutorial we will finally use that 'extra' square. I've had people ask me about what in the world it is for. You didn't think you would have to be so patient, did you??


Nuestras meriendas y manualidades said...

Hola he visitado su blog y me ha gustado mucho sus trabajos

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

Muchas gracias. Me alegro que te haya gustado.