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Squares on Squares with Jennie Rayment

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Workshop notes for Squares on squares

 

This stitch ‘n flip technique usually leaves you with lots of off-cuts but by following Jennie’s measurements and instructions you can use those straight away.

 

She has cut the background squares at 5” and the smaller squares @ 3 ½” – you will need 4 of each for each background square you use.

 

Draw a diagonal line on the back of the smaller squares and place these  right side down onto the 5” square – making sure that the diagonal runs across the corner (and not into the square!) and you have a smaller square on each corner.


Sew along the drawn line carefully

 

Sew another line of stitching 3/8th” away (heading towards the corner NOT the middle of the square);   if you can’t set your needle to do this automatically by swinging it, you will need to draw this line.

 

Once you have your two rows of stitching, you need to cut up between them;  fold and press the larger square and its 4 corners

And press the half square triangle units

 

Use 4 of these to create alternative pattern options – pinwheels, and/or amish square in a square.

 

 

 

This is a stitch 'n flip technique that usually leaves lots of triangles for you to use up  - which of course you could do in the borders but Jennie has another great idea to share with you.

Jennie has used red and green which are sort of Christmas colours;  but this isn't essential and in her workshop she has worked out how to avoid all the waste that is usually associated with the stitch/flip method of patchwork.

If you made 4 blocks such as she is holding you could put them together in the barn raising diamond format and it would be the stunning centre of a quilt.

 

Jennie also comes up with a variety of designs which are bound to start you thinking!

 

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If you don't like all that marking then the Ultimate Seam Guide may be the gadget for you - it will also work out that 3/8th's too:  and available through the shop.

 

And don't waste your threadsaver either - check out what you can make with those little bits with just a bit of planning:   Leaders & Enders

 

and Valerie called this one a Rainbow Quilt - change the small squares to be the consistant colour (i.e. in her case blue) and the background squares can then be various colours (and you don't need to stick to plain fabrics either!)

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