I’m still playing catch-up on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt block posts. I think I should be on week 5. I will do one toady and one on Saturday and then I should be back on track. I used the paper piece pattern available free download on the Yahoo Group…Farmer’s Wife, for the Bat Wing block. Check out the earlier Farmer’s Wife posts for the link.
This was one of the easy blocks with only nine pieces. It would be a great one to start with if you are just getting into paper piecing. You make these three sections and then sew them together. I went out of my fabrics and pulled in this darker grey dot, since it said “bat wings”.
I have been pressing the seams open to help with removing the paper.
To make the Big Dipper block I used Triangles on a roll.
These are the instructions that are printed on the roll.
This is what the triangles look like after you sew them on the lines and then cut them. As you can see by this picture I was looking at four blocks and made four sections. I only needed two sections to make the four quarter square triangles. I will use the extra half-square triangles in a future block. Silly Me!!
Now you need to layer the half-square triangles with the colors reversed. In this case, yellow on white and white on yellow with the seams butted together in the middle. Mark a line down the center and thenl mark the 1/4 inch seam allowance. Now sew 1/4 from the middle line on both sides.
This is a little hard to see, but you will cut on the middle line and then open up the sections and you will have two quarter square triangles.
Before you cut, press the block open. To help keep the block square, press back the seams on the sewing lines before you cut the on the middle line. You can see by the picture that is looks like the top is bigger than the bottom. That is because I haven’t cut the quarter square triangle apart yet.
Trim these blocks to 3 1/2 inches and then sew them together… 2 more blocks completed….8 down,,,103 to go!!!