Friday, June 21, 2019

Graceful Points QAL Block 11

Today I'm releasing another block in the Graceful Points QAL, block 11.  We have just 4 more blocks before we finish up the QAL.  I can't wait to see all your finished quilts when we are done.  

Block 11 is also called in the Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #18, "A Popped V."  For this block, we will be using the BG, C1, C3, and C4 fabrics, so please refer to your color chart found in your general instructions. You will also want to download Block 11 and Blockbuster #18 "Salem Star" Instructions, both are required to make your blocks.

No new tools are being introduced this week for block 11. We are going to practice some of the techniques we have learned in previous weeks. With Block 11, we are going to make Popped V-Block, Sidekick Right, and Popped Center blocks.  So you will need your V-Block trimmer and Corner Pop® tool. 
 Please remember that you should read the tools instructions before starting if you are not familiar with this tool.  We will be making a 9" blocks for the Wallhanging and 12" for the King Size.  

Please remember that the pictures used in this tutorial are for the 9" block for the Wallhanging.  Be sure to read the Downloaded Block Instructions to get the correct cutting and trimming sizes for the 12" block, which are indicated in (Blue) parenthesis.

Unit A:  Popped V-Block

Let's do a quick review of the V-Block assembly and trimming of the V-Block.  First Layout your blocks as shown.  Making sure the long end of the side triangles match the short end of the center triangle and the bias edges lay next to each other.  

Then take the right side triangle and flip on top, so the right sides are together of the center triangle's slanted edges.  Stitch with 1/4" seam and press toward the side triangles.  Repeat for the other side triangle.

Right Handed

Left Handed
Position the V-Block® Trimmer on the unit and aligning the finished size measurement with the seam line.  Trim along the first two sides.

Rotate the unit 180° Position the V-Block® Trimmer again lining up the cut size measurement with the previously trimmed edges and "X" with the seam line intersections and trim.

Next, we are going to add the color pop to our V-Block units. This is what makes the Corner Pop® a fun tool.  

First, cut the small replacement squares diagonally once to yield two triangles.

Next, we are going to use the Cut Away section on the Corner pop® tool.  Find and Position the size line that is indicated in the pattern on the bottom right corner of the V-Block unit.  Trim along the slant.

Center the replacement corner along the long size on the trimmed corner.  Stitch with the unit on top using an accurate 1/4", press seams toward the small triangle. 

Right Handed

Left Handed

Using the appropriate, position the Corner Trim Down line of the Corner Pop® tool over the newly sewn seam.  Align the diagonal line with the seam and the edge of the unit with the edges of the tool. 

Repeat on the other side with the Cut Away, Replace, stitch, press the unit just as we did before.  

Make 4 Popped V-Block Units. 

Unit B:  Sidekick Right

Right Handed

Left Handed
We are now ready to start the Sidekick units, and we want the sidekick part to be on the right side.  So please remember when you cut out your base squares and side triangles with the rights sides face down on the cutting mat.

Layout the Base section and the side triangles just like the image above. 

Position a side triangle and base section with right sides together, aligning the edges and stitch.  Press seam away from the based section.

Position the V-Block® tool on the unit, lining up the side triangle with the guideline on the tool and trim.

Rotate the unit 180° and lining up the cut size measurement with the previously trimmed edges and "X" with the sewn seam line intersections.  Trim the remaining sizes.

Make 4 Sidekick Rights.

Unit C:  Center

For the Center, we are going to start with a base square and replacement triangles. Refer to your Block 11 instructions to get the sizes.

Find and Position the appropriate Cut Away Corner line on the Corner Pop® tool on the raw edge of the base square.  Trim away the corner.

Repeat for all four corners.  Tip: Place a pin in the fabric that needs a replacement triangle as a reminder for the corners that need to be replaced.

Position the replacement corners with the right sides together.  Assuring that the triangle long side is lined up on the trimmed corner.  Stitch with the base center is on top using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press away toward the small triangle. Repeat on all four corners

Using the appropriate mark, position the Corner Trim Down line of the Corner Pop® tool over the newly sewn seam.  Align the diagonal line with the seam and the edge of the unit with the edges of the tool.  Trim the corner, and repeat for all remaining corners.

Make 1 Center


Once you have all your units complete, its time to lay out Block #11.  Please follow Blockbuster page Download to make sure you lay out the units correctly.  Double checking you have the correct placement of all your units.

That completes Block 11, the next block will be released on Friday, July 5th.  We will be adding the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star® tool into our next block, can't wait. 

"Designing to Inspire"

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