“Slant Six” Mystery QAL, Clue #2

1 07 2014

As promised, the link for Clue #2 has been uploaded to the Mystery Quilt tab. I am thrilled so many of you are participating in the Quilt-A-Long!

When working on your quilt, refer to your printed page of Clue #2 instructions and the supplemental step-by-step pictures and directions below.

You will work with the strips you cut and placed in Bag 1. My Fabric 3 accent color is bright blue and my Fabric 4 is the flip flop print. Sew each Fabric 3 strip to a Fabric 4 strip. You need 3 strip sets sewn in this manner.

A sewing strip sets

Since I want to press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric, I place the blue uppermost on the ironing board. I press the strip set to relax the fibers and help the flip flop fabric and the seam allowance “stick” to the ironing board a little bit. Then I flip the blue strip upward and push the edge of my iron into the seam to make sure it is fully opened with no tiny crease remaining in the center. After pressing the strip set, I turn it over to look at the wrong side in order to make sure the entire seam is pressed toward the darker fabric. The strip sets should measure 6 1/2″ wide.

A pressing strip sets

The next step is cutting the strip sets into 3 1/2″ segments. You can save time by stacking one strip set atop another, right sides together, Fabric 3 facing Fabric 4. Once cut, the Two Patches are already in matched pairs, so you can take them directly to the sewing machine. Admittedly, the third strip set is the odd man out, you will have to cut the Two Patches of that strip set one at a time.

A stacking strip sets

Notice that the selvage is trimmed away and the 3 1/2″ mark of the ruler is on the edge of the fabric. For accuracy’s sake, I generally measure by the lines on the ruler rather than by the lines on the cutting mat.

A ruler at 3.5 inches

Cut the strip sets in 3 1/2″ increments. You need 32 Two Patches in order to make the 16 Four Patches required for the “Slant Six” Mystery.

A cutting 3.5 segments

Make sure the opposing seam allowances of the Two Patches mesh as close together as possible; this yields sharp corners of all four squares in the center of the Four Patch. Sew the Two Patches together, feeding one Two Patch right after another under the machine’s presser foot. This is called “chain piecng” and saves a lot of time and thread. Tip: (Because you pressed the seam allowances toward the darker fabric…) If you feed the darker fabric under the presser foot first, the presser foot will push the meshed seams close together rather than giving them a chance to spread apart while sewing.

A chain piecing 4 patches

Snip the sewn units apart. Notice the dark red needle threader and thread cutter in the picture above (manufactured by Clover). By pushing the threads connecting the Four Patches down over the thread cutter, I quickly separated my sewn units.

A cutting 4 patches aparg

All that remains of Clue #2 is pressing the Four Patches. I usually press my seam allowances to one side, but you may press the seam allowance open, if you wish. The Four Patches should measure 6 1/2″ square.

A pressing 4 patches

Finally, place the 16 Four Patches in the reclosable bag marked “1.”

A pieces in bag 1

When you’ve completed Clue #2, leave a comment below!  Clue #3 will be available on August 1st. In the meantime, be a super sleuth and ponder how we’ll use the strips in Bag 2.




One response

13 07 2014

fertig! hab alle 16 4patches

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