We are now half way through the blocks for our 9 Patch Sampler so I thought I might take the dog for a walk and show you how to make a Formal Garden block from Charm Squares – I love the little paw prints and decided to pair them up with the string or leash – I just know what a little dog would do to a formal garden!
NANNY NOTE: Our first Nannycraft4u Quilting Retreat that was scheduled for this weekend has had to be cancelled due to the flooding associated with Cyclone Debbie. We are therefore holding an online ‘Retreat’ on my facebook page and I have decided to publish this post early so that members can complete it during our sew in. Our overseas friends are welcome to join us!
WHAT YOU NEED:
DARK: 4 x 5″ squares
LIGHT: 4 x 5″ squares
OTHER: 1 x 5″ square
1. Pair up the LIGHTs and DARKs 5″ squares and make HSTs – you will be HST queens after this!
- diagonal line
- scant 1/4″ either side of line
- cut between the lines
2. Trim all squares to 4.5″ and press.
3. Organise your squares
NANNY TIP: You will notice as you join half square triangles in different ways , it is not always best to press the seams the same way. Experiment a bit with your seams – you may find it less bulky if you press your seam open. There is no rule – you do what works best for you!
NANNY TIP: If you want to press a seam open, press it to one side first and then it is easy to get the tip of the iron under one side to press it open without burning your fingers!
4. Sew your 9 Patch and press.
I think my little dog has behaved perfectly as we walked around the garden – he stopped and checked each corner and continued on his way!
Until next time