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Oct 7, 2013

Scrappy But Classy Block Tutorial

Oct 7, 2013
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Here is a simple tutorial to make this little block - Scrappy But Classy.  It's great for scraps, charm squares or those little bitty bits that you can't bear to throw away.  Together the little bits are sewn into a classy patchy bow tie.  Enjoy!

Finished Block Size:  12"

Cutting Instructions.
  • Cut (18) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares for the nine-patch blocks.
  • Cut (4) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares of the same fabric for the center knot.  (Fabric B)
  • Cut (2) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares of background fabric.  (Fabric A)
Piecing Instructions.

*Use a scant 1/4" on all seam allowances. See the Scant Rant series for details.

1.  Make Nine-Patch units.  Select 9 of the 18 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares for a nine-patch block. Layout the squares as shown below in three horizontal rows.   Sew together each of the rows, alternating the direction the seams are pressed with each row.  Then sew the three rows together.  Make 2 nine-patch blocks.



2.  Stitch and Flip the center knot.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the Fabric B squares.  Layer a Fabric B square atop a Fabric A square with right sides together.  Stitch on the drawn line. (I actually like to stitch a thread or two toward the corner to allow for squaring up the block after the flip.)  Trim away the excess fabric by cutting 1/4" away from the stitched line as shown.  Flip the triangle open and press toward the triangle.  Make 2.  Repeat the same stitch and flip process with the two nine-patch blocks made in Step 1.  Make 2 also.





3.  Assemble the block.  Layout the blocks as shown below.  Sew together each of the rows, alternating the direction the seams are pressed with each row.  Then sew the two rows together.  That's it!




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2 comments:

  1. What a fun block.....I'm already looking for scraps!

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  2. so enjoying your tutorials, you give such clear instructions to us beginners, thank you

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