This week we’ll work on round three, as well as the corner blocks of the two patchwork rounds – the sections highlighted below:
That looks like there’s a lot of sewing this week, but if you remember to chain piece it all, you’ll zip through it amazingly quickly!
What You’ll Need
– all of your 5″ squares (24 low volume, 24 red)
– all of your 4″ squares (8 low volume, 8 red)
– all of your raw HST triangles from last week (12 green/low volume)
Making The Pieces
We’re essentially just making a crap-ton of HSTs, which we already learned how to do for the center star, so no need for instructions there. You’ll match all of the 4″ squares into red/low volume pairs and all the 5″ squares into red/low volume pairs – then mark, sew, and cut them apart – just as before.
Then you’ll press all of the HSTs open, including the greens from last week, to the darker side, and trim the pressed squares to the following sizes:
– (16) 2.5″ green/low volume HSTs
– (16) 3.5″ red/low volume HSTs
– (48) 4.5″ red/low volume HSTs
Round 3 / HST Assembly
Now we’ll start putting all these bad boys together. Take the largest HSTs (4.5″, red/low volume), and arrange them into four long strips of 12 HSTs each – essentially just like we did with the flying geese. Make sure they’re all arranged in the same direction! Once sewn, your strips should each measure 4.5″ x 48.5″.
Make Corner Blocks
With the remaining HSTs, we’ll make corner blocks for the two patchwork rounds. Arrange your 2.5″ green/low volume HSTs into 4 diamonds as shown:
Then sew them together – top two together, then bottom two together. Press seams in opposite directions, then top pair to bottom pair. Press seam to one side (it doesn’t really matter which) and you should have 4 green/low volume diamond blocks, each measuring 4.5″ square.
Repeat with 3.5″ HSTs, to make 4 red/low volume diamonds, each measuring 6.5″ square.
The corner blocks you just made can now be attached to your long strips. Choose two flying geese strips and two HST strips, and attach a corner block to both ends of each. It should be obvious because the sizes match, but you’ll add the red diamonds to the green strips, and the green diamonds to the red strips. You should now have:
– Two flying geese strips measuring 6.5″ wide and 30.5″ long
– Two flying geese + corners strips measuring 6.5″ wide and 42.5″ long
– Two HST strips measuring 4.5″ wide and 48.5″ long
– Two HST + corners strips measuring 4.5″ wide and 56″ long
Aren’t they so happy?? Next week we’ll put it all together!