Lesson 4: Moving right along! Here is Lesson 4 of the Perfect Points Sampler.
Ohio Stars: This week's lesson focuses on maintaining straight diagonal, horizontal and vertical lines within and between the two Ohio Star blocks. Quarter-square triangles (QSTs) are made with the grid method. Please feel free to experiment with other methods and share your experiences with the group.The two blocks are framed to fit in the 8" finished grid of the sampler. The framing strips are a slightly oversized in case your blocks are a little small. Square-up to the stated unfinished size. Check out the CT tutorial on QSTs called Stars - QSTs Variable Stars.
Pinwheel: This simple block will give you practice with intersecting diagonal lines and four quadrants that come together in points. To review how to "swirl" the seams on the back to help the block lay flat, watch the CT tutorial Intro to Half Square Triangles.
Resources: Please revisit the list of CT tutorials and related products in the posting notes for the Lesson 3 on March 20th for information on HSTs and QSTs.
Members' Photos: We will post more of your photos today in the members' photos slide show. Click on the link under the Perfect Points slide show or under the list of group members...both in the introduction area of the quilt along site.
Have fun! Thanks to all of you who have supported each other with complements and suggestions. Also, I feel excited and gratified when I hear someone's piecing is improving!Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing your photos.
PDF: This content is available as a PDF below called PP Sampler Lesson 4 Posting Notes.
I've found that when piecing a block like the Ohio Star or the pinwheels, if I take and lay the pieces on my sewing table right by my machine in the placement/direction they are to be sewn I make less mistakes and have less unsewing to do. In laying them out I can look at the pattern two or three times to make sure they are placed right before sewing. This also gives you a little insight into the best method for sewing them together. Pick them up, sew them, when you lay them back down you can check to make sure you've laid them in the correct position so it really does make things a little easier in the long run for you.