Friday, August 2, 2019

Graceful Points Block 14

It's another Friday, and it's time to release another block in the Graceful Points Quilt Along.  Today we are releasing block 14, Blockbuster #25 "Winged Four Patch."  This block is so easy using the Four Patch Square up© tool, by Studio 180 Designs.

For this block, we will be making Two Colored Flying Geese with the Studio 180 Design, Wing Clipper® tool, and Four-Patch units using the Four Patch Square Up© Tool Squared and square units to complete this block.   

Make sure you download both of the Block 14 and Blockbuster #25- "Winged Four Patch" Instructions, which are required to make your blocks.

Please remember that the pictures used in this tutorial are for the 6" 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.

Let's start with the Two-Color Flying Geese 

When making a multi-colored Flying Geese, the process is the same as a normal Flying Geese up to Step 6, when you change up the color of the small squares.  Let walk through the steps.

1. Gather all your pieces.

2.  Mark two lines 1/4" away from the center diagonal on the wrong sides of the small squares.

3.  Position the red squares diagonally on the larger square.  Remember to nudge the smaller squares toward the center about 3 or 4 threads from the raw edge of the larger square.

4.  Stitch on the lines, then cut apart between the lines.

5.  Press toward the small triangles.

6.  Using the Gold small squares position the squares on each of the units. Again remember to nudge the squares.

7. Stitch on the drawn lines and cut apart between the lines.

8. Press toward the small triangles.

Right Handed

Left Handed
9. Align the diagonal guidelines of the Wing Clipper® I with the seams of the Flying Geese unit.  Centering the tool over the size specified in your directions. Trim the side and across the top.

Right Handed

Left Handed
10. Rotate your flying geese unit 180° and reposition the Wing Clipper® I to align the previously trimmed raw edge size and "X" at the top with the intersections of the seams.  Trim the remaining sides again.

Make 8 FG units. 

Four Patch

1.  Gather your Strips. 

2.  Pair the strips (BG and C2) and (C1 and C2) and Position them with right sides together.

3.  Stitch down the length of the strips with your best 1/4" seam and press toward the dark fabric.

4. Cut your strip in half crosswise.  Placing the two halves with right sides together and the colors are opposite of each other, so they nest nicely.

5. After squaring up the end subcut along the strip into the width that you cut your strips.  Refer to your Block Instructions for sub-cutting sizes for your blocks. Leave your subcut units.

6. Gather your paired subcut units with right sides together and stitch down the long side of the layered pair. 

7. I suggest for this project pressing the seams open.

Right Handed

Left Handed

8.  Locate the finished size circle on the Four Patch Square Up© tool.  Position this circle over the seam intersections of your four patch unit.  Aligning the dashed line coming from the cirlce line up on the seams.  Trim the first two sides.

Right Handed

Left Handed

9.  Rotate your Four-Patch unit 180° degrees and repositioning the finished size circle and the cleanup lines.  Trim the final two sides.

Make 2 Red and Gold units
Make 2 Red and White units


Let now stitch the Four Patches units together. Press the seams open to make 1 center unit.

Next, Stitch the Flying Geese units together.  Make sure to stitch two that have the red on the left side together and the other 2 with the gold on the left side.  Pressing the seams open to make 2 Red Flying Geese units and 2 Gold Flying Geese units.

Take the 2 red flying geese units and stitch two squares on the ends and press the seams open.  This will become the top and bottom of the block.

Stitch the 2 gold flying geese sides of the center unit and press open.  Then finish off the block with stitching the top and bottom on the block and press the seams open.

Your Block 14-Blockbuster #25 Winged Four Patch is now complete. I look forward to seeing your Blocks, and I hope you will share your photos in the comments section below or on the Graceful Points Facebook Group.  Additionally, you can post your blocks on Facebook or Instagram, making sure to use the #gracefulpointsqal and/or #quiltingaffection designs.  I can't wait to see your blocks.

Come back on Friday, August 16, where we will be making the final block #15, and I will be releasing a special bonus block.  Then on August 30th, I will be releasing the final assembly instructions to this QAL.  

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