Now we all have our squares and we are ready to go!
(Please note: If you are using novelty squares, I will provide you with extra instructions soon so don’t start!)
BEFORE WE START TO SEW:
Attach your 1/4″ foot or general purpose foot and do a check seam on scraps so you can check the distance from the stitching to the edge and make any adjustments.
Take a cutting board or some solid tray (I use an art canvas) and lay out a 9 patch and layer another 9 patch on top until you have your 16 blocks organised in piles.
I labelled them 1-9
Separate the column 3,6,9 – we will come back to it later.
Turn your board around so that 7 and 8 are now at the top. (I have turned the numbers up the right way too)
Take number 7 and flip it over to be on top of number 8
We will now sew the seam on the right hand side but do not remove it from the machine.
As you flip the next one just add it and keep sewing:
Repeat this for Numbers 4 and 5
and then numbers 1 and 2
You will now have a ‘chain’ of joined squares!
Repeat the whole process over and over until you have completed all of those piles, chaining as you go and you will end up with a really long chain of joined squares. It looks a mess but all of the squares are kept in order by the chaining process!
Now we will take that separated row of 3,6 and 9.
Turn the piles over
Take the chain and starting with the end last sewn sit it beside the column 3,6,9.
This time we will NOT flip but rather we will slide the number 3 square over the one beside it
and sew down the right hand side (keep chaining again)
Repeat with number 6
and then number 9
Continue as you work through the 16 blocks.
Now take a break – you deserve it!! (and I need it!! )
Until next time