Last week we showed you how to use EQ8 to design a Summerchase V Block Quilt (CLICK HERE for that post). Today’s blog post is all about how to make that Summerchase pinwheel block spin!
We will walk you through the step-by-step process we used to get our points to match up in the middle.
And with V Blocks, precision is everything!
Here’s an example of “what-NOT-to-do”:
When our first Summerchase V Blocks weren’t lining up in the middle, we found that if you don’t trim them down perfectly with the V Block ruler, then you will not have 1/4″ seam allowances.
So it was back to the cutting board.
Tools to Use for Cutting V Blocks:
Step 1: Use your V Block Ruler to cut out your middle and side triangles. We have a video tutorial that walks you through those step! (CLICK HERE for video tutorial).
Step 2: Line up side triangle point to point. Here is what it looks like on the front and if you flip it over. Super important to get those points lined up!
Step 3: Sew together with a 1/4″ seam (verify your seam is accurate!).
Step 4: Finger press the seam to the side of the small triangle and repeat steps 1-3 with the other side triangle. Press seams toward the side triangles.
Step 5: Turn your block so that the middle triangle is in a “V” shape and line up your V Block ruler very carefully here.
NOTE: If your V Block is not lining up with the ruler, there may be something wrong with your seam allowance. This is the step we missed when we first started making our V Blocks.
Step 6: Use the ruler to trim the right and top edges.
Step 7: Turn your block around, line up with the unfinished block size measurements, trim the right and top sides.
Step 8: You should have a perfectly square V Block! Having a square V Block makes all the difference for the following steps!
Step 9: Line up 2 V Blocks according to the image below and sew together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Verify you have 1/4″ seam allowance on the middle points.
Step 10: We pressed this seam open, but if you’re awesome at nesting, then go for it!
Step 11: Attach 2 V Blocks for the second row – use layout below as a guide. Verify the seams are 1/4″ and press open.
Step 12: Line up your middle points. You can use a pin as a guide, but since you have pretty square blocks, the middles should match up. (We still used a pin!)
Step 13: Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to sew two rows together. Press open.
And there you have it! A Summerchase Quilt Block!
Looking for the Summerchase Quilt Pattern? That’s dropping (hopefully) next week!
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Jenn + Linda
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