Thursday, October 20, 2016

Vice Versa Block of the Month - October

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Striped Corners

Since our blocks for this quilt are in strips placed on the bias, we need to create some triangular shapes to turn this into a square. The striped corners let us pull out some of our favorite colors from the blocks to tie the whole thing together. This is how we chose to piece our corners:


      

You can find the instructions for the Striped Corners on pages 72-73 in AnneMarie Chany's book, Sister Sampler Quilts

Since we're sewing the version of this quilt with 12" blocks, you'll need to strip piece two panels with your prints and sashing for the WOF. Be mindful of which direction you cut your diagonals! If done correctly, you should have extra fabric strip pieced to set aside and use for another project. If you're like me, and aren't paying close attention, you'll need all of that fabric to make up for a silly mistake you made.




Another thing to keep in mind is that these blocks will be trimmed on the bias so they have to potential to stretch out of shape if they're mishandled. You should be careful with these sections between cutting them and the assembly next month--just stow them away in a safe place so they won't have the potential to stretch!

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,
Hayley