01 September 2011

String Me Along Bee Block

It's September?!? Are you sure? Ack!

Well, it's my month for the String Me Along Bee. It took me ages to decide what block to make & which fabric to use, but I finally decided.

As many of you know, Sew Mama Sew hosts Giveaway Days twice a year. In May I won some fat eighths of Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms from Don't Call Me Betsy (who happens to be in the String Me Along Bee too). I thought these fabrics would be perfect to send out to my fellow hive members.

The next decision was what type of block to do. Since Bree just had her baby a few weeks ago I wanted to choose a block that would be easy to make, but still utilize the creativity of the group. That's when I decided on HST's (half square triangle). The basic pieces are simple, but you can create all sorts of fun patterns with them.

Here's a quick little tutorial for my block:

Gather your fabric. For this tute I'm using a 2.5" collection for Aneela Hoey's Little Apples & some solid white for the coordinating fabric. My fellow hive members will be receiving 4.25" blocks.

Cut your coordinating fabric to the same size as the other squares. Draw a diagonal line (corner to corner) along the wrong side of your patterned fabric.

Match up 1 patterned square & 1 coordinating square, right sides together. Stitch 2 - 1/4" seams parallel to the line.

Cut along the drawn line.

Press your seams open. You can cut the tails if you like. I don't because I'm lazy. :P

Play with the pattern of your 16 blocks until you find a design that you like.

Once you've chosen the layout you'd like to use sew your pieces into rows & sew the rows together. That's it! :)


CreationsForEleanor said...

Very cute, cannot wait to see more. Did you go with the last layout or is it a surprise

MamaTea said...

Cute, nice tutorial! I like the last layout and the first one as well. :)

Bree said...

You certainly didn't have to pick this because of me, but I won't say I don't appreciate an easy block! ;)

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

These are lovely!
And gosh you are lucky when it comes to giveaways :)