Saturday, April 23, 2011
Week 17 of Barbara Brackman's Civil War sampler uses the Free Collection ! at least for the 6" block.
But both sizes are Inklingoable.
The greatest problem with the 6" size, is the weird size rectangle you need for the outsides of the block, but they too are easy to make ... using Inklingo :-)
Read on, and click on the picture if you have trouble seeing the lines on the print-out.
The rectangle for the sides of the block needs to finish at 1.32 x 3.39"
The size is seriously weird, but here's what you do :
Print the 5 x 8" piece of fabric with squares. You'll have four partial squares on one side of the fabric, and that is as it should be !
To get the weird length, you need two complete squares, WITH seam-allowance, PLUS one extra seam-allowance. Look at the picture.
Red line (which is originally a cutting-line), is your new stitching-line.
Green line (which is originally a stitching-line), is your new cutting-line.
Cut into 4 strips, each with 2-squares plus 1 seam-allowance.
The trick is basically the same for the 8" block, only, you add 0.5" to the 'two-square' unit, not just 0.25", so you need to get out your ruler for that.
Check piecing-directions on Brackman's post
P.S. For the inquiring mind, that wonders how I came up with this one, here's the math :
1.32 + 0.5 + 1.32 + 0.5 + 0.25 = 3.89 (cutting lenght)
3.89" minus seam-allowances (3.89 - 0.5") = 3.39" ... the weird length you need.
and for the 8" block :
1.75 + 0.5 + 1.75 + 0.5 + 0.5 = 5" (cutting length)