I don't like hand sewing either when I can use my machine and another first was that I decided to use colours that are out of my comfort zone. I spent an afternoon making one square in browns (ugh!) and lime green and when it was finished I HATED it. Oh, and I had no instructions how to make it.
|I wasted a lot of fabric making this one|
Then lying in bed the next morning I had my light bulb moment (I get all my best ideas in bed!) and started again using MY colours and working with more time and motion.
|The pattern traced onto light Vilene|
|This is the back of the square|
I repeated this three more times as I was going to work on all four squares together - time and motion!! The centre is a 1½" square so I cut a strip 8" long and 2" wide and chopped it into 4 pieces - the centres were now sorted with ¼" seam allowances. Each segment is ¾" wide so I cut strips 1½" wide (slightly wider than needed but just in case I went crooked).
The production line was now ready. The centre squares were placed, on the right side:-
- the first strip was added, right sides together -
|Ready for sewing|
|Stitch along the line|
|First side sewn AND pressed open|
|Next piece in place ready for sewing on the other side.|
|Pressed open ready for the next piece|
|Stitched on two sides|
|Third side added -|
|- fourth side|
|1st twist sewn on and trimmed|
|Pressed and ready for the next piece of blue.|
When I took my WIPs (Work in Progress) to group they liked my lime green and browns so I may finish them after all
Just realised that I haven't said why I need four squares - well it is going to be a cushion for the raffle at the Exhibition.
I will show the final result here when I have time to complete it, so it is currently a UFO (UnFinished Object)!