This month the LQS picked Wild Waves from Quilter’s Cache. This is a pretty simple block as all of the parts can be chain-stitched each step of the way.
The colors chosen by the quilt shop are a really pretty blue/green variable, a darker blue watermark, and the standard grey that has been the background on all the blocks.
Once again, I do not like the instructions given, and have used another technique to sew the elements of the block.
Start by cutting eight squares 3-7/8 inch square.
Cut these in half on the diagonal. Don’t these look pretty! I want to stop and make them into flying geese. Ah, but we move on with the block.
Cut a strip of blue and a strip of grey, 4-1/2 inch’s wide, then cross cut your squares. I stacked my blue and grey to go faster. ( In the link, it says to mark lines and start sewing here, but the sewing line is so convoluted so I have changed it to a chain piecing technique.) I like to put a piece of painters tape along my measurement line to make cutting go faster.
Stack the grey squares on top of the blue squares and cut each set on the diagonal twice so you have four quarter-square triangles.
All the QSTs fit together in the same way, so all you need to do is take one of the stacked QSTs, and begin sewing a scant quarter inch seam on the side that is pointed up with the flat across the bottom. Sew all of them on this side and you’ll have it done perfectly.
Chain piece to save time. Note that I used a leader on this group, believe me it will make it easier to start a chain of those little points.
Keep going with more triangle sets.
Press to the blue side.
Chain piece here too.
Press to the HST, and square up to 3-1/2 inches.
Lay out the design. Although this is a simple block to make, the position of the colors can make a difference with that blue and green variable color, so lay it out and play with it a bit until you are happy with the color layout.
Slightly different placement yields this –
Then this –
Sew the units in rows. Press toward the variable color HST. This time I went in vertical rows as the pattern suggested.
If you missed any of the previous Blocks of the Month, you can still catch up, just click on the Block of the Month Category on the right sidebar. We have three more to go, and will work on putting them together in January. You have time to catch up!
If you missed August, click August 2014 Block of the Month.