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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sweet Chain Block

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I didn’t have enough of the fabric for all the sawtooth stars for my queen quilt. Wouldn’t you know, they didn’t have any of that fabric left. I checked everywhere. I saw this online at Joann’s. It’s a coordinating fabric. I thought the pattern was smaller, but this is what I got in the mail. This will make a pretty secondary design. Finally, I can get this finished.
Chain 10'’ block. These are the cuts:
Dark Fabric
1 (5½"-wide) strip of fabric.  From strip, cut 4
(5½" x 3") rectangles.
1 (3'’ –wide)strip  
3 (1¾"-wide)strips for strip sets.
Light Fabric
1 (3"-wide) strip for strip sets
3 (1¾"-wide) strips for strip sets
*all fabric strips were cut from 44'’ width fabric.

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I cut my width of fabric 5 1/2” and cut my strips down to 3”.
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This is the 3 strips cut at  1 3/4”. On the right is the 3” strip.
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This is my 1 3/4” strip to be cut.
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It’s basically the same for both colors. Except the dark has the 5 1/2 inch strip. Then, cut that into 5  1/2 inch by 3” pieces.
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Take one of each 1 3/4 inch strips. Put right sides together. Shown here above and sew a quarter inch seam all the way down the length on one side.
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then press open.
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Then cut 1 3/4 pieces off of the strip.
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Turn on around so it looks like this
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Then, fold one over onto the other and sew 1/4 inch seam.
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This is what it will look like pressed open with the iron.
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Next, take 3 inch light strip pattern side up. Next, place a 1 3/4 inch strip right sides together on either side. You can sew this one side at a time, but I just pinned both down and sew one side and then the other. Once I sewed this strip set, I cut the white selvage. It didn’t interfere with the sewing. I am sure the picture would’ve been better if I trimmed first.
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I will look like this. That the fabric to iron.
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Press open. Then, you will cut 1  3 inch segment from the strip.
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This one is put together the same as previous one. Then, cut 2 1  3/4 inch pieces.
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I laid them out together.
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Turn your outside pieces to the inside. Do the top row, the same. Then, sew them together at each end.
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Lay the row right above middle.
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Then, put the row right below on the bottom of middle piece.
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Now lay each of the left and right pieces on the middle.
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Once all three rows are complete, you will sew the top and bottom to the middle piece. Make sure that you line your seams up well.
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The blocks will be alternating on the quilt. Pattern found on http://www.heyquilty.com. The important thing about this block is the X in the middle. I have sewn them together and the points were the wrong way. It gets frustrating.  This time I learned that  I WILL  buy all the fabrics I need  at one time. Several times, I have gone back for more and found that it wasn’t there anymore.  Even, overestimating is good. I had to rearrange the design on this one. This is when I have to really be creative. I am going do 60”x80”. This is the length and width of mattress top and add a border or two for the sides.  Hope you enjoyed. Happy sewing.

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