Welcome everyone to Lesson 8 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.
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Our Volunteer Prize Coordinator, Amy Gay of Butterfly Angels Quilting, will choose winners on Monday and will announce the winners on the prize blog post, in our Facebook Group and send emails. Please be sure to check your spam folder as Amy has been having difficulty reaching some of the winners from previous lessons.
Lesson 8 – Units A3 and A8
This block is made up of two (2) HSTs, rectangles and large & small squares. It is based on a 4×4 grid and finishes at 12″ square. It can easily be made larger or smaller in increments divisible by four. It is one of my favourite blocks in this quilt.
While only three prints plus contrast are required, you’ll want to take some extra time in choosing your fabrics. They all need to have good contrast with each other so that the block design shows up correctly.
Cut your fabrics using the following cutting instructions. There are lots of pieces, so take your time.
With the two (2) 4″ squares in the P1 and contrast fabrics, create two (2) HST units. Trim the HST units to 3.5″ square. Refer to the HST tutorial if needed.
Layout your units following the block diagram closely. It’s easy to get the corners of the block mixed up.
You can stitch this block by rows, if you like, but I would suggest first stitching the four-patch units, and if pressing your seams to one side, be sure to spiral the seams for a flatter, more accurate block. Stitch the rectangles together too.
Stitch your units into three rows.
Stitch the three rows together to complete the block. This block should measure 12.5″ square.
Attach the A3 unit created above with the A1/A2 units created in Lesson 5 to complete the A8 unit. Remember to fold the blocks/sashing strip in half to find the centre, pin at the centre and the edges and as often as needed to secure the block for stitching. Also, don’t forget to align the non-sewing edges of the block too and secure the block with additional pins as needed to keep it from shifting.
Completed Unit A8 = 32.5″ W x 12.5″ H
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Be sure to check the blog on Sunday evening to share your photos and enter the give-aways. You’ll be submitting the completed Unit A8 to be eligible for prizes from this week’s lesson.
Disclaimer: This quilt design, tutorial and all photos are copyright Michele Foster of Mishka’s Playground. Please respect my copyright and do not copy this tutorial or republish it, for free or for sale, in print or online. You may use this tutorial to create quilts for your own personal use for free or for sale. However, please credit Michele Foster of Mishka’s Playground for the design. No mass production is allowed.