Hi everyone! How are you going with your squares? I hope you now have a huge chain of squares joined together .
Today we are going to cut through the chain thread after every third one – that is, we will cut each set of 9 squares off, keeping the 9 squares chained together. If you find this awkward, of course you may cut them all apart – whatever works for you 🙂
Press the seams. We start by pressing the seams as they were sewn – this way, then open the fabric and
we then usually we press the seam towards the darker of the 2 fabrics. So on the top and bottom row I will press the seams towards the outside and I will press the seams towards the centre in the middle row. Once again, if you prefer to do it another way, that’s fine – this is just how I did it!
Then press on the right side:
Fold the top row down over the centre row and you will see why we press the seams in opposite directions. This enables us to ‘lock’ the seams together when joining that seam (a bit hard to photograph with one hand…)
Stitch the seam, locking your seam joins together (you may pin it if you prefer). Repeat with the bottom row and press your seams.
and then press the front and admire your 9 patch block!!
Don’t be too hard on yourself if the seams don’t match exactly – like anything you will get better at this with practice and it won’t spoil the overall effect!
I’ll leave you to finish sewing your 16 blocks together!
Until next time