I joined a small quilt club on Yahoo groups and Facebook hosted by Kathleen Tracy.
|This small quilt is made with 4" unfinished blocks and finishes at 12 1/2" I did a bit of hand quilting.|
When I heard about the blue and Cream/White challenge...
|... it appealed to me because I haven't got to do much sewing this summer and this small project was so doable!|
|I've been wanting to sew some log cabin blocks so pulled out some blues and creams and cut 1" strips and began to sew!|
|I designed a little blue bird block to go along with the log cabins.|
4" Bird Block (3 1/2" finished)
Cut these pieces: (Please note change of 1 1/2" background square to 2" square)
Trim as shown leaving 1/4" seam
Press open and square up.
|You can see I've laid out the pieces, showing how they will go.|
|Sew the leg pieces and background together into a strip (I didn't sew the right background piece on here, but recommend to do it.)|
|Sew together as directed above by the numbered steps (note: do sew the right hand background piece to the leg section which I didn't do in the picture)|
|Your bird section is now complete other than the background with the beak. |
1. Sew the beak/background piece and the left hand border piece on
2. Sew the top background piece in place
|Your finished block! Note: this version has a bit of a hunch back. To correct that, I changed the square size used to angle the wing.|
|Here is the sample block I just tested on the tutorial Note: I used a 1 3/4" background square to curve the wing, but I think if you use a 2" background square (as I directed in the above cutting diagram) it should take the hunchback away completely.|
I'm including these photos I took as I just tested the tutorial and they show how to make the bird face the opposite direction.
|Cut out all the pieces as directed above|
|Draw a diagonal line on squares as shown and then sew on that line to round the corners.|
|Press all rounded corners open.|
|Sew the leg pieces together with the background pieces.|
Sew the head to the background piece.
|Sew the head piece to the wing/body.|
|Sew the front bird body to the main wing-body/head section|
|Sew the leg section onto the wing/body|
|Sew on side pieces as shown, then sew on the top border piece. Square up to 4"|