Monday, September 15, 2014

Aspen Glow QAL - Block B

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Welcome to the Aspen Glow quilt along!  Over the next three months, we'll be putting together quilts based on our popular Aspen Glow pattern.  Join us any time and share your photos in our Flickr Group to be entered into drawings for fabulous prizes!  You can access any of the previous posts on our QAL Information Page.
How did Block A work out?  Hopefully it went together smoothly - I'm having so much fun seeing everyone's blocks come together!
This week, we're setting out to make Block B.  Again, it's not too complicated, but I do have a couple of quick tips to make things go as smoothly as possible.

A few people have notice the bright green tape on my sewing machine bed.  It serves as a guide for sewing squares together, diagonally, without drawing 1,000s of pencil lines on the wrong sides of the squares to serve as a sewing guide!

To do the same on your project:
  • Place a piece of painter's tape on your sewing machine so that the edge lines up directly with your needle and sewing line.

  • Pin (or just hold in place) a small square in the corner of the large square and stitch a diagonal line, always keeping both corners of the smaller square lined up with the edge of the painter's tape, as pictured below.

  • When finished sewing, cut off the extra corners, leaving a ¼” seam allowance.  PRESS (put the iron down and then pick it up to move to an new location) - NOT IRON (moving the iron back and forth).
My old sewing machine had very wobbly feed dogs, so this method of piecing always resulted in very wonky seams.  The beast handles these diagonals beautifully, and I'm definitely a huge fan of this method.  It sure does beat drawing all those lines!  (I'm sure my pattern testers are totally rolling their eyes at me right now ... am I right ladies? )

Now, some sewing machines have a top loading bobbin case, which prevents the placement of tape ... or at least makes it very irritating.  Joanne, one of my fabulous testers, ran into this problem while testing one of our upcoming projects and suggests folding each small square in half along the diagonal and doing a quick finger press to mark the line, rather than using the pencil.  Thanks for the tip, Joanne!

Now, once you've finished pressing you're technically done with this block ... unless you're like me and totally against even the tiniest bit of fabric waste.

If that's the case, stitch those tiny scrap triangles together and trim down to 1.5" squares to save for a fun project down the line. :)

Be sure to share pictures of your quilt blocks and fabric choices in our Flickr Group and stop by and introduce yourself on our discussion board, if you haven't already!  If you have any questions or would like to share a blog post about your Aspen Glow project, just leave a comment below.  See you next Monday!


  1. Oh I *LOVE* your short cut! I'm going to have to try that one! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. This looks really nice Carla. Looking forward to seeing more

  3. Thanks for sharing your diagonal trick. I'll definitely try it.

  4. This really is a great trick. Thanks fro sharing it. :)

  5. Love that painter's tape trick!!! THANKS!!!

  6. Great project and I am a fan of painter's tape too!