Block 1 – Stripes

The Urban Sampler Quilt

Cutting Instructions

Unfinished block size: 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
There are 8 Stripes blocks in this quilt.

These are the instruction for making one block.

Fabric A
4 (1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) rectangles
Fabric B
4 (1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) rectangles

Sewing Machine Set-up

Every sewing machine is different and in order for me to get a scant 1/4″ seam allowance I need to move my needle one position to the right of center. Thread and fabric thickness also factor into producing a scant 1/4″ seam – so do a test, especially for this block which has many seams. If you lose even a couple of thread widths with each seam you will end up short. I also use my 1/4″ patchwork foot with guide.

Sewing and Pressing

I pin at the beginning and end of each seam, it really helps with my accuracy.
As you see below, I have pressed my seams open but you can press yours to the side if you prefer.
It’s really important to press your work as you go. I have found that my accuracy increases when the fabric is pressed well. You can never press too often!

Happy to answer your questions, leave a comment below and I will get right on it.

(Copyright Diana Vandeyar. For personal use only)

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