Friday, 20 September 2013

Summer Beach Quilt Tutorial - Part 3 - Water Row

This is part III of my Summer Beach Quilt tutorials--the Water row. 

Here's what you'll need:

2 - 5.5in x 3in white rectangles
33 - 3in x 3in white squares
1 - 8in x 3in rectangle
16 - 5.5in x 3in aqua rectangles (I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture aqua) 

The first step is to make the 16 flying geese. If you've never made flying geese before it's really fun and easy. 

First, draw a diagonal line on the back of 32 of the 3" x 3" squares.

Place the square on your aqua rectangle as pictured in the diagram making sure it is flush with the outside edge.

Sew along the drawn line. 

Trim off excess fabric on the outside of the line leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

Press towards the white fabric. 

Place a second square on the opposite side as pictured. 

By the way, I just notice my cutting mat needs a serious wipe-down!
Anyway, sew along the drawn line on the second square.

Trim leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

And press towards corner and square to 5.5" x 3". 

Note: Squaring up IS SO IMPORTANT. I cannot stress this enough. Whenever I get lazy and I don't square up the blocks I always regret it later because of the amount of frustration it can cause:) 

Now just make 15 more flying geese. 

Lay out 10 flying geese and sew together. Press seams open.

Lay the second row of water out in the following order:
3" x 3" white square, 1 flying geese block, 5.5" x 3" white rectangle, 3 flying geese, 5.5" x 3" white rectangle, 2 flying geese, 8" x 3" white rectangle

Sew the second row of water together and press seams open.

and now sew the two rows together. This should measure 50.5" in length. 

In the next tutorial, we will be making the sailboats:) Please refer to the layout diagram for sashing/assembly instructions.

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