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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Blog Sampler Next Door Neighbour

This week’s block is named Next Door Neighbour. It’s a bit more complex than the others we’ve done so far.


Cutting instructions:

Dark Fabric-                      cut 4 rectangles @ 2 inches x 3 1/2 inches
                                          cut 8 squares  @  2 3/8 inches
Medium Fabric #1-           cut 1 square  @ 4 1/4 inch
                                          cut 2 squares  @ 2 inches
Medium Fabric #2-           cut 1 square    @ 4 1/4 inches
                                          cut 2 squares  @ 2 inches


Begin by drawing a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the medium fabric 2 inch squares. Pair each of these squares right sides together with the dark 2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles. It is important that the lines be going in the direction shown in the picture below, from top right to bottom left, and on the right hand end of the rectangle. 
Sew on the drawn line of each of these squares. Trim 1/4 inch away from the drawn line and press towards the triangle.

Next you’ll be making some flying geese. These can be made using a stitch and flip method, however I personally don’t like the amount of waste involved using that method, so I’ll be doing the “no waste” method here.

Take your 8 dark 2 3/8 inch squares and draw a diagonal line through the centre of each one. Position two of these squares right sides together on each of your 4 1/4 inch squares as shown in the picture below.

 My fabric is really dark, so the line doesn’t show up in the picture very well, but it is there. The line should go through the diagonal of the 4 1/4 inch square. It will overlap in the middle. Pin these squares in place to keep them from moving if you need to. A corner of each square will overlap in the middle. That’s OK. Sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line through both of the small triangles. Cut these apart on the drawn line. Press towards the dark triangles.


 You’ll end up with four funny looking partial geese units like those shown below. Take your remaining dark 2 3/8 inch squares and position them as shown on your partial geese units.
The drawn line on the dark fabric will go from the point of your medium fabric square and down to in between the dark triangles. Sew 1/4 inch on either side of the drawn line, as shown. Do this on all four partial geese units. Cut them apart on the drawn line and press towards the dark triangles.

You will now have eight flying geese, four of each medium colour. You’ll use two of each for this block. Set aside the other four geese for the next block in the series.
Arrange your pieces as shown below and sew together.
Go here for the finishing instructions, keeping in mind that the light fabrics are the outer triangles on this one.









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