Penny Halgren shows how to sew the August quilt block together using freezer paper to hold the bias edges of the triangles
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Sewing triangles can be quite a challenge and recently I discovered a tip that I taught it would be kind of interesting to try and that is to iron freezer paper on the back your triangles in that way it will stabilized them at the edges, so you can sew them straight. I have tried a couple of blocks that have a lot of triangles and so this week I just decided that I would pick a block that had a lot more triangles in it and just try that tip.
Hi! This is Penny Halgren from Quiltblocklibrary.com and Quiltblocklibrary.tv and today I’m going to sew this quilt block together it’s called Augusta, and I visited the Augusta, Georgia website and discover that their whole website is in green and brown. So I decided to use those colors for my quilt block. I’m ready to get started and I’ve already cut out the pieces and ironed the triangles onto freezer paper. So when we go to the sewing machine, you’ll see how I’ve got setup. Thanks for joining me and let’s get started.
Now in sewing the Augusta’s quilt block pattern together, what I am going to do is start by sewing these little rectangular pieces. And so, I’m going to take one of these big long triangles and sew it one of the little short triangles and then sew the halves together. I’ve got his pieces just kind of started up and what I am going to do is take one of each this triangles and place them right sides together. Now because you can see through the freezer paper, you can actually lineup the raw edges of the fabric without trimming the freezer paper too close to the edge of the piece of fabric. You could have course trim so that it is even and then you can just line up all of your edges. But because I can see through this, I’m just going to line up the raw edges of my fabric and take it to my sewing machine and sew these pieces together.
Now I have my stock of triangle together. It looks pretty funny, but when I opened them up, it’s pretty cool. Plus, because of the paper, you can fold it back and it actually stays. So what I now need to do is take two of these and sew them together to complete the little rectangle. So I’ll just put these right sides together, and this is going to be a little bit more challenging to match up the raw edges, but it looks like it’s pretty doable and so I’ll just sew this straight bias together.
Now, I’ve got these pieces sewn together here, so we’ll open them up and see how they are. Well, it’s pretty cool. So the thing is well see how they fit inside the block. At this point, because all of my main bias edges are sewn into each and the outsides are fairly straight green. What I am going to do is take the freezer paper off and that will allow me some flexibility to sew the rest of them together, plus every time you have same allowance here. it’s a little more difficult to take it off.
My next step is to take the paper off and then I’ll layout all the blocks and we’ll be ready to sew the blocks together. Not that all the freezer paper taking off the back and I’m not perfect obviously because there’s still a few little tag ins, but they’ll washed out. And I’ve laid the quilt block out the way it needs to be sewn together. So because this is kind of an angle, what I am going to do is sew it together kind of diagonally in sections.
So the first section I am going to work on are the outside sections and I am going to fold these triangles onto the squares and attach them. That way these pieces will be the same size as the rectangles in the center. Now, I am going to add these triangles onto these units to complete these pieces and then we will be able to sew this rose on. Now we’ve got all this little units together so I’m just going to add these two together, and since I’m going to be chain sewing this, I can sew this together as well.
Now, these three sections are chain sewn together and I’m just going to add this section, the third section onto each one of these. Now these three sections are sewn together, so I am just going to sew—while they’re sewn together as rose and I’ll just attach them to complete the block. These two rose are sewn together and now were just going to sew this section onto the bottom and then we will be almost finish. Now the entire center section is put together and all I need to do is add this little triangle pieces on the sides.
Our Augusta quilt block is all finished and ready to sewn into a quilt. It was a little bit easier to sew this together use in the freezer paper method, ironing the freezer paper onto the pieces, the triangle pieces before I sew them together. It took a little bit more time because you have to iron the pieces on and then rip them off. However, increase in the accuracy of sewing those kinds of triangles may end up being worth it. If you’re not already there, head on ever to Quiltblocklibrary.com and get your free download of this pattern. Thanks for joining me this is Penny Halgren from Quiltblocklibrary.com and Quiltblocklibrary.tv signing off peaceful piecing.