Welcome everyone to Lesson 6 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along (A4AQAL). If you’re new here, check out the main QAL page where you’ll find all the information so that you can join us on this QAL adventure.
We have weekly prizes that everyone can enter. Each Saturday, there will be a blog post available on the Quilting Gallery site, where you will upload your completed photo for that week’s lesson. Check the main QAL page for the link. You’ll have until the following Friday evening to enter. For those that have completed Lesson 5, submit your photos here before midnight on Friday (tomorrow) (EDT).
Quilting Accuracy Lesson: Ripping out Seams
Ripping out seams is never a fun task, but a necessary one in quilting/sewing. Don’t think it’s just beginners that need to rip out seams, I’ve ripped out at least one seam for each of the lessons completed so far.
Start with a good seam ripper, not your dollar store variety. You want one with a thin point and a sharp blade. Personally, I love my Clover seam ripper.
Vanessa from Crafty Gemini created this great video tutorial on how to rip seams.
This is how I do mine. It’s quick and easy, tho a little messy. I keep tweezers beside my sewing table and use those to take out the little bits left over. Here’s a photo tutorial that shows the same thing.
Lesson 6 – Unit B1
This block is made up of both HST and QST units. It is based on a 3×3 grid and finishes at 12″ square. It can easily be made larger or smaller in increments divisible by three.
There should be good contrast between your background and P1 fabrics and between the P2 and P3 fabrics so that the block design shows up.
Cut your fabrics using the following cutting instructions.
Note: the small black square shown in the photo is the incorrect size.
With the P2 and P3 5″ squares, create (4) HST units. Trim the HST units to 4.5″ square. Refer to the HST tutorial if needed.
With the P1 and contrast 5.5″ squares, create (4) QST units. Trim the QST units to 4.5″ square. Refer to the QST tutorial if needed.
Layout your units following the block diagram.
Stitch your units into three rows. When stitching the HST and QST units to each other, pay close attention to the diagonal lines, so that once stitched, the 1/4″ seam on the outside edge is as accurate as possible and the two diagonal lines intersect nicely.
Stitch the three rows together to complete the block. This block should measure 12.5″ square.
To complete Unit B1, attach the 1.5″ x 12.5″ sashing strip to the right side of the block.
Completed Unit B1 = 13.5″ W x 12.5″ H
My first six lessons complete:
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