100 Days – Week of Collaboration – Tutorial

For today’s tutorial we welcome back John Adams, aka Quilt Dad, as he shares a great way to celebrate your collaborative quilting efforts.

Collaborate and Commemorate Mini Quilt / Signature Block

by John Q. Adams

Are you in a virtual quilting bee, sewing circle, or some other type of community quilting group?  Looking for a way to create a lasting memory of how much you enjoyed collaborating with others?  To wrap up our week of collaboration, I’m sharing my idea to make a commemorative mini quilt where your fellow group members can each write their name and hometown, as well as dates and any other memories, funny stories, or notable quotables from the journey you took together.  Or, you can piece this as a large block into the backing of your quilt for a lasting record of who you worked with to create the quilt together.

The pattern comprises 12 blocks, each measuring 6.5” square each.  You can make the blocks yourself and send one to each member in your group (along with your fabrics, if participating in a VQB); or, simply share this tutorial and ask each person to make their own.  Be sure to use scraps, bits and pieces of the fabrics featured in your quilt to make this block.

The 12 blocks are split evenly among 2 different block patterns, which I’m calling Block A and Block B.  So, you’ll need 6 each of Blocks A and B.  Each block is essentially a signature block, featuring a wide strip of white fabric in the middle.  This is the perfect place for your fellow collaborators to sign their name and any other information they  might want to include – such as the date they made your block, their hometown, and any message they may want to share with you to help remember the time spent working together.  Be sure to advise your friends to use a pen or marker whose ink can withstand the many washings that a quilt will endure.  Many quilters like Pigma Micron pens, but I’ve always preferred ultra-thin Sharpie markers.

Once you have collected all of your blocks, determine your preferred design for laying them out and piecing them together.  Their subtle design differences should provide numerous ways to arrange your blocks in interesting ways, each resulting in a unique piece of modern patchwork.

I arranged my blocks in a 3 x 4 layout and, although I originally intended to alternate my blocks so that the white signature strips rotated in a more traditional way (i.e. alternating between horizontally and vertically oriented from block to block), I ultimately decided on this more unique layout that would give my collaborators lots of room record their information.

Enjoy!  If you use this pattern, I’d love to see your version.  Please add your pictures to my Flickr group, Quilt Dad is my Homeboy.

Block A

Block A is a very simply pieced block.  It’s made up of only 5 components: 3 – 2.5” squares and a 2.5” x 6.5” rectangle of colored or printed fabric and a 2.5” x 6.5” rectangle of a solid white (or other light-colored fabric).  Arrange these pieces per the diagram below, and piece together.

Block B

Block B contains a few more steps, but is equally simple in its construction.  You’ll need:

  • 2 – 2.5” x 3.5” rectangles of colored or printed fabric
  • 1 – 2.5” x 6.5” rectangle of colored or printed fabric
  • 2 – 2.5” squares of white fabric
  • 1 – 2.5” x 6.5” rectangle of white fabric
  1. Begin with your 2.5” x 6.5” rectangle of colored or printed fabric
  2. Lay a 2.5” white square atop one end of the rectangle, aligning all edges and corners.  Be sure the square is sitting atop the right side of the rectangle.
  3. Stitch a seam from one corner of the square to the opposite corner, as shown in the diagram below.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 on the other end of the rectangle with your remaining 2.5” white square.  The seam on this end should be parallel to the first one sewn.
  5. Trim the corners off of your pieced rectangle with a ¼” seam and press open.  Your rectangle should now look like the one shown in step 5 of the diagram below.
  6. Arrange all of your pieces as shown.  Sew your 2 – 2.5” x 3.5” rectangles together along their 2.5” side, then join the three block components together.

We’d like to thank John for joining us during the Week of Collaboration! We hope you’ll make a special Collaborate and Commemorate block for your next virtual quilting bee quilt.

100 Days – Week of Collaboration – Featured Quilt 7

Today’s featured quilt is this beauty brought to you by Rossie Hutchinson and the Mid Mod Bee.

Kelp Quilt by Rossie Hutchinson and the Mid Mod Bee

Tell us about your quilt:

“This quilt was made by members of the Mid Mod Quilt Bee, a bee that Cheryl Arkison and I started after a funny exchange in blog comments about mid-century design. I call this quilt ‘The Kelp Quilt,” but I realize the shapes no longer resemble kelp very closely. I guess that’s what happens when you take a piece of inspiration and run with it! The kelp is a recurring design in mid-century design. I hand-dyed the red/orange fabrics–a method I plan on covering shortly on my blog. My instructions to the bee included the following picture and the following text:


‘This is going to be a twin-size bed quilt. I’d like everyone to please make a 9″ tall, 65″ wide strip. As you can see in the picture, I would like your kelp shapes to be in the center of the strip height-wise (don’t stress, just aim for the center, okay?) Try to keep the plants less than 4″ tall and the stems no more than 1.25″ tall.
Anything goes as far as how many plants you’d like to put in your strip, how long the plants are, and where you position them in the strip width-wise. I love subtle wonk, but nothing crazy or forced.'”

Tell us about your bee experiences.
“I have been lucky in that I’ve ended up in bees where I’ve been asked to work improvisationally. I don’t like to follow patterns.

What makes it worth it to me is the pooled inspiration and interpretation and ideas. I love this quilt and all the blocks that I received. It’s so much fun to see what people did and how the different styles play off of each other.”

Based on her bee experiences, Rossie has some good tips to remember if you plan to join a bee:
1. Send more fabric than you think your bee mates will need. Seams eat up fabric and it’s frustrating to not have enough fabric to make your members something they will love.

2.  Reserve some fabric so that you can add to your quilt if you need or want to.

3. Follow-thru on your commitment. When you join a bee you’re making a commitment to follow the rules and timeline of your bee. When you send out fabric, you want something in return.

4.  Life happens, and if you can’t continue, let your members know. They will understand.

Tell us about you as a quilter.
I’m an unworried, unhurried, improv machine.

You can find Rossie and her quilts on her blog.

100 Days – Week of Collaboration – Tutorial Round up

When participating in a bee, the number one question seems to be, What block do I want my collaborators to make for me?  Many of the tutorials that have been featured during the 100 Days of Modern Quilting series could be options for a bee block. In today’s tutorial round up, we’ll share 4 more blocks that you could use in a bee or to make a quilt for yourself!

The Crazy Scrappy Block from Aneela at Comfort Stitching.  This is the block that Jessica used for her bee quilt.

The Improv Chevron from Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie Studio

The Wonky Quarter Log Cabin block from John at Quilt Dad (also sometimes called a half log cabin)

The Sun Rays block from the Jessica and Jennifer at Twin Fibers

100 Days – Week of Collaboration – Featured Quilt 5

This week would also not be complete without a word or two from Erin.  Erin started the Quilting Bee Blocks flickr group and she has helped folks from all across the world either start, organize or connect with a bee.  Her group is a great resource for everything bee related.

We’re happy to feature her quilt made in collaboration with the members of the Bee Tweet bee.

Tell us a bit about your quilt:

I knew I wanted my Bee Tweet bee members to help me make a scrappy quilt.  I had them use Aneela’s crazy quilt block tutorial to make me  giant, crazy, scrappy blocks using a bunch of my favorite fabrics as well as their own scraps if they chose to use them. (We’ll share her tutorial in this week’s tutorial round up!) I wanted a quilt that had little bits and pieces of lots of my favorite fabrics and the best way to get them all to go together was to just go wild and make it as colorful and crazy as possible.  This quilt definitely isn’t for everyone, but I love it and all the friendships it represents.

Tell us about your experience with virtual quilting bees:

I love the online sewing community and virtual quilting bees!  I started the Flickr group, Quilting Bee Blocks, for that very reason.  I wanted to have a central place where people could look for inspiration for bee blocks or to find other people that are wanting to join up with them in a bee.  But I confess, I’m a terrible bee member.  I am a perfectionist and sometimes the pressure to do my best work for my bee members is paralyzing! One of the most fun experiences I’ve had was meeting 9 out of the 11 members of Bee Tweet last October in person at Sewing Summit!

Tell us about yourself as a quilter:

I consider myself an intermediate quilter..  I have tons of ideas and sketches down in books, but not always the time and patience to execute them exactly how I want to.  I love fabric, though, and I think I’ll collect it forever, even though I can’t make quilts fast enough to keep up with the fabric purchasing!

Thanks Erin for all you have done to support growing the quilting bee community.  You can find Erin on Flickr and on her blog, Two More Seconds.

100 Days – Week of Collaboration – Featured Quilt 4

Remember, if you want to be in a bee, you don’t need to wait to be asked.  Ask your friends online or through your guild.  Find a partner and organize your own version of a virtual or in person quilting bee!  There is lots of help to get you started here.

Today’s featured quilt is this beautiful version of a wonky star quilt by Jessica and the members of the Pieced Together Bee.

Wonky Star quilt by Jessica Kovach and the Pieced Together Bee

Tell us about your quilt:

Well, this quilt has been finished up for quite a while now, so I’m trying to think back to when I was pulling together fabric and thinking of what style of block that I wanted made for me.  I remember thinking that I wanted something with a “modern” edge to it and I wanted a block that would be simple enough for anyone to make.  I’m not sure it that was true with what the other participants thought.

I see now that it’s really intimidating to have so little direction because you really want to come up with a block that the host is going to love.  I asked for 12 1/2″ blocks and for the ash colored fabric to be used as the background.  I was so impressed with what everyone sent back to me!  I love the mix of more simple blocks and the ones that have a little more detail to them.  I think that’s what really makes the quilt interesting…it was fun to see all the different interpretations of a wonky star block.

Tell us your thoughts on virtual quilting bees and about your bee experience.

When I was first in quilting bees it was a great way for me to challenge myself to try different things/techniques that someone would request.  It was a wonderful way to “meet” others online and join in the emerging popularity of online quilting and blogging.  After being in several bees at one time, I realized that I could only really handle being in one bee at a time.  That way I could have time to sew things that I want to work on and still participate in a group and enjoy that aspect of quilting, too.  Most of the time, my experience in bees has been great.  I’ve always tried to give people something simple to make for my month…I just want them to have fun working with blocks for me and enjoy using fabrics they may not have chosen for themselves.

Tell us about you as a quilter:

I’ve thought a lot about the things I’ve made in the past and what some of my favorite projects are.  It’s funny because my favorite things tend to be some of the first quilts I made several years ago when I was first bitten by the quilting bug.  The quilts were simple and fabrics had a vintage feel to them.  That seems to be what I’ve been drawn back to over the past few months.  This year is going to be all about simplifying things for me and really enjoying what I sew.

Thanks to Jessica for sharing her quilt and her bee experience with us.  You can find Jessica and her work on her blog, Twin Fibers.

100 Days – Week of Collaboration – Featured Quilt 2

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of a virtual quilting bee, it works like this:  there is usually a hostess or leader who runs the bee.  The leader forms the bee by inviting other quilters to join.  The leader or the group decides how the bee is to work, whether it has a theme, deadlines, and who goes first. Typically a bee has about 12 members and runs for a year.  Each member is designated a month and during that month sends out fabric to the other members and maybe some instructions or inspiration.  The members in turn make a block for him/her during that month and send the completed block(s) back.  The member then has blocks to turn into a quilt.  Most bees start blogs or flickr groups to keep track of the bee, to share their blocks and finished quilts and to communicate with each other.  If you’d like to read more about virtual quilting bees, be sure to check out the Block Party book by Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks.

Today’s featured quilt is an improvised sampler from Nettie of A Quilt is Nice and the Cottage Quilting Bee.

Cottage quilt by Nettie Peterson and the Cottage Quilting Bee

Tell us about your quilt:

My Cottage quilt was a collaboration with all my friends in the Cottage Quilting Bee.  I joined this bee back when I was brand new to quilting bees.  It was one of my first.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted when it was my month to select fabric and pattern.  At the time I was really into wonky-ness, so I pulled fabric together (oranges, browns and aquas) and came up with nothing…so I asked my bee-mates to do whatever they wanted.  I expected to get a lot of random pieced blocks or wonky log cabins, but I got so much more.  Each block is so different, and it was then that I realized how different we as quilters are.  As I put the blocks together, I loved that some blocks were complex and some were really simple.  They all complimented each other and came together in a really fantastic sampler quilt that was so much more unique than I thought it would be.

Cottage quilt close-up

Tell us about your experience with quilting bees:

I jumped in head first with the bees.  It was about 3 years ago (or so) when they really caught on and I joined 3 at one time!  I loved it, but have since slowed down with bees. I found I needed to be spending that time on other things.  I also found I wasn’t putting as much thought and effort into those blocks as I felt the owner deserved, so I am currently on a virtual quilting bee hiatus.  Being away from these bees has opened my eyes to what they provided.  They are where the conversation is!  I feel like I got to know so many of my online “friends” through these bees.  I got to see their personalities (as much as you can on the computer) come through as I saw their styles and choices.  Also the comments and threads were so fun to read.  If you want to be challenged join a bee.  Someone is bound to ask you to do something you swore you’d never try…hexagons, circles, etc…

Cottage quilt back

Tell us about you as a quilter:

I don’t really know how to describe myself as a quilter.  I really feel like everything is “my style”. I tend to think I am a modern quilter, but lately I am really drawn to the patterns of traditional quilts, especially when paired with modern fabrics.  Speaking of fabric, I love it!  I think it’s what keeps me quilting, so I can invest in more fabric.  I like simple and I like complex (although I am not a very precise piecer).  Sometimes I think I have decided on what my style is, but then see something totally different that I love and have to try.  Some days I want to be challenged with my quilting and piecing, and other days I just want to do a simple patchwork made entirely of squares.  I am inspired by so many things, but mostly from the beautiful quilts I see online lately!  I want to try just about everything out there!

You can find Nettie on flickr and on her blog, A Quilt is Nice.

100 Days – Week of Collaboration – Featured Quilt 1

Today’s featured quilt is by John Adams, known affectionately as “Quilt Dad”, and the folks in the Sew Connected Bee.  The Week of Collaboration wouldn’t be complete without John.  He is the ambassador of collaboration in the modern quilting community.

Sew Connected quilt by John Adams and the Sew Connected Bee

John’s Thoughts on Collaboration
Allow me to cut right to the chase: the whole reason I started my blog, the whole reason I am on Flickr, and the whole reason I am quilting and sewing at all is because I was drawn to the idea of collaborating — and creating works of art collaboratively — with quilters and crafters around the world.
Let’s rewind a bit.  Four years ago, I first became interested in fabric, sewing, and quilting, but I was spending a lot more time in front of my computer than in front of my sewing machine.  I had discovered the world of sewing sites and blogs, and in many ways I was teaching myself how to quilt based on the tips and tutorials of others.  The blogs I had found were inspirational, for sure, but a whole new world opened up to me the day I stumbled across a new and — at that time, unique — Flickr group called The Virtual Quilting Bee.
Today, virtual quilting bees are very common within the modern quilting community.  At last count, according to the master list in the Quilting Bee Blocks group, there are over 180 virtual quilting bees organized in Flickr alone!  To my knowledge, The Virtual Quilting Bee was the first.  As I learned exactly what a virtual quilting bee was and how it worked, I became enamored with watching (from afar) this group of 12 very talented women develop not only 12 charming and unique quilts sewn together from bits and pieces that each created, but also a friendship that spanned the miles between them.
Quilting alone at home is great and all, but I knew that this was something I wanted to get into.  The idea of creating something with other members of our virtual community — and actually producing a physical artifact that represents that collaboration and the many individuals that had a hand in creating it — was the very idea that jump-started my engagement with other quilters in every part of the world.
However, as I mentioned earlier, I was barely a quilter, much less a blogger at that point.  I knew that if I waited around to be invited to join a virtual quilting bee, I might be waiting for a while.  So in September of 2008 I took a leap of faith and reached out to many of the crafters and bloggers whose work I admired and invited them to join my own virtual quilting bee, which we named Sew Connected.  I honestly didn’t even know if anyone would be interested in joining me in this adventure, and I still remember the small thrill that I received as each of my invitations was accepted.  Together with this amazing group of people — Jacquie, Amy E., Meg, Stefanie, Dee, Amanda Jean, Amy D., Audrey, Buffy, Sarah, Rita, Tracy, Lyssa, and Jessica — I embarked on a 15-month journey that remains one of the highlights of my quilting “career”.
And that whole part about creating friendships at the same time that we’re creating quilts?  I can attest to the fact that it’s very true of virtual quilting bees.  In fact, many of the SewConnected sewists remain some of my closest quilting buddies.
Tell us about your quilt.
The quilt that I’m sharing today is the quilt that my friends in the SewConnected group helped me create.  I sent each of them a selection of fabrics that, to me, seemed to be a very happy assortment of prints in bright, primary colors.  It contained many prints from some of my favorite fabric designers and lines, including Denyse Schmidt (Katie Jump Rope and Flea Market Fancy — which, at the time, I had no idea how “special” it was, as I was casually picking up fat quarters of it from a small local shop that had every bolt in stock!), Sandi Henderson, Tula Pink, Sandy Klop, and more.  I asked my bee-mates to make log cabin-inspired blocks in a variety of sizes, which I later pieced together into the vibrant patchwork quilt you see today.  My group members over-delivered against my wildest expectations, helping me to create a truly unique — and very special — work of art.  I am blessed to be able to have a keepsake that represents the camaraderie we shared, as well as the skill, talent, and hard work of every person who contributed to its creation.
Since then, I’ve been hooked on any and every collaborative project that comes my way.  The SewConnected family grew to include two more bees — SewConnected 2 and SewConnected 3.  I’ve participated in over 10 more virtual quilting bees since then, along with a round robin, a row robin, and countless swaps.  I’ve just embarked on my newest collaborative adventure — The Traveling Quilts, which I like to think of as a mash-up of a virtual quilting bee and a round robin.  I’ve got an amazing group of quilters traveling along with me, and I invite you to come watch what we are able to create together.
My blog readers are constantly asking me how I can participate in so many different bees and swaps, but the truth is that I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I’m definitely one of those quilters who is in it for the community and the people.  My fellow quilters are what keep me happy, inspired, and excited to keep working, growing, and developing as an artist.  If not for the chance to collaborate with others, I truly believe I would have stopped sewing a long time ago.
John can be found both on flickr and on his blog, Quilt Dad.

100 Days – Week of Collaboration – Introduction

This week we’ll be spotlighting quilts that are the result of our quilters’ participation in virtual quilting bees.  Traditional quilting bees, where quilters come together to piece or quilt a quilt, many times for a special occasion, are a long standing tradition in the quilting community.

Profit Margins by Jacquie Gering and the members of the Block Party Bee

Modern quilters have refashioned this tradition by coming together virtually and connecting through the internet and the postal service.  Virtual quilting bees have brought quilters together across states and nations.  Quilters have inspired each other, shared tips, learned skills, made quilts and best of all, forged friendships.

Some bees have themes, some are focused on charity, and many are simply a group of quilters who have a desire to connect and quilt together.

A virtual quilting bee is an opportunity to mix an inspiration with a group of diverse quilters…

to create a collaborative quilt like this one.

All About Jon by Jacquie Gering and the Sew Connected Bee

If you’re inspired to  start a bee of your own, the Quilting Bee Blocks group on Flickr has information on how to get started.

We’re kicking off the week with a special man who is the “dad” of collaboration in the modern quilting community.

100 Days – Week of Techniques – Featured Quilt 7

Jill Collins has an unusual quilt making advantage in that she has a laser cutter for making acrylic templates in her basement! She used it to make the templates for this beautiful quilt, featuring curved piecing.

Here’s what Jill had to say about her quilt and working with curves:

“I’m always trying to think of ways to make a block that would seem nearly impossible to construct with fabric – but make it easy using templates. It’s actually just a very simple geometric block consisting of concentric circles with portions of some of the circles omitted to make it more interesting. It was one of my first attempts at curves, but if your cutting is precise, and you use a 1/4″ foot (and go slow), curves really aren’t hard – even for a beginner. I didn’t glue, pin, or mark, I just put one piece on top of the other and took off. It did however take me 8 solid hours to cut and piece this top. I’ve gotten way faster at curves with practice though. I really think the key is in the cutting.”

 

100 Days – Week of Techniques – Target Practice Quilt Block

Target Practice Quilt Block

This fun and versatile 20″ quilt block utilizes the Pinless Piecing Method for piecing circles (known more frequently as the Six Minute Circle) coupled with half square triangles to create a dynamic modern block.

Supplies
1 – 22″ x 22″ background fabric
8 – 10″ right triangles
8 – 7″ right triangles
2 – 18″ x 18″ freezer paper sheets
1 – acid free glue stick (like Scotch Craft Stick)
1 – push pin
1 – 11″ x 4″ sheet freezer paper

Directions

Half Square Triangles
1. The first step of making this quilt block is to make Half Square Triangles (HST’s). For the purposes of this tutorial we wont explore all the methods for creating half square triangles. There are some great methods out there but, most of them create 2 or more identical sets of HST’s. This tutorial will simply have you sew right triangles together to create the HST’s. It’s pretty easy you just have to make sure not to stretch the triangle along the long side while sewing. You can help this by pressing it with an iron using starch. To cut the right triangle you’ll need a piece of fabric at least the height and width of your right triangle. In this case it needs to be at least 10″ on either side. Make sure that you have a  clean 90 degree  corner. This simply means that if you use your cutting mat as a guide you cut a line straight across following the horizontal  lines and then you cut a line straight down following the vertical lines. Then from that corner you count the number of inches that you need your right triangle from that corner in both directions and lay your ruler down on this diagonal. In this case, you will cut out 8 – 10″ right triangles or 8 – 7″ right triangles. Cut.

2. Lay the 10″ right triangles out in the order that you like. These will form your outer ring.  Position them with the diagonals pointing to the center as shown. Sew each pair of HST’s together. Repeat with 7″ right triangles.

3. Square up the HST’s. The larger HST’s that started with 10″ right triangles should be squared to 9 1/2″ square. The smaller ones to 6 1/2″ square.

4. Next we will sew each set of four HST’s together. First sew the block together across the row.


5. Then sew the two rows together.

6. Repeat with the other set of HST’s

Template
7. Press the two 18″ squares of freezer paper sheets together to form one thicker sheet. Lay one on top of the other both shiny sides down. Press well using steam to make sure that they stick together well. This thickness will give more stability in the cut out circles. Fold the sheets in half lengthwise and crease, open up. Then fold the sheets in half width-wise, crease  and open up. This will help you to find a center point as well as give you guide lines for lining your block up.

8. Take the 11″ x 4″ freezer paper and fold lengthwise once and then twice to have four layers of thickness.

9. Using a pen or marker mark a dot about 1″ from the end. Using a ruler and your pen mark at 4″ and 8″ from the first pen mark.

10. Using the push pin, push a hole into each pen mark wiggling around a bit so that the tip of your pen or marker can fit through the 4″ and 8″ holes. This will now be referred to as the compass.

11. Place the double layered freezer paper on your cutting mat shiny side down. Stick the push pin through the first hole in the compass and push through the center of the double layered freezer paper and push lightly into your cutting mat. With the other hand put the tip of your pen through the 4″ hole and draw a circle on the layered freezer paper. Repeat in the 8″ hole.

12. Carefully cut along the two circle lines. Start cutting with the paper folded and then open up to finish cutting.

13. Discard the middle circle and you will have your outer ring and inner ring.


Outer Ring

14. Press the background fabric in half lengthwise and then in half width-wise. Open up and place right side down. Place the outer freezer paper ring on the back of the background fabric. Line up using the press marks and the crease lines.

15. Keeping it centered, press the outer freezer paper ring onto the background fabric. Using a rotary cutter or scissors cut out the center circle  leaving 1/2″ to 1″ seam allowance. Discard center circle.

16. Using small scissors or embroidery scissors cut tabs into the seam allowance cutting every 1/2″ to an inch making sure not to cut all the way to or through the freezer paper.

17. Lightly apply glue stick onto the freezer paper underneath the tabs and then press the tabs back with an iron.

18. Now apply a heavy coat of the glue stick on top of the tabs.

19. Using the press lines and the seam lines center the large HST block in the background circle. Press into place lightly and then press with an iron on the back of the block to dry the glue and secure.

20. Remove the freezer paper ensuring the tabs stay glued down. First lift the background fabric from the shiny side of the freezer paper. Then carefully lift the freezer paper from the other side  being careful that the tabs stay glued down. If the tabs do lift you can simply dab a little glue stick on them and press into place.

21. Fold the backing fabric to the center of the block and using an open toe walking foot, sew in the crease line around the perimeter of the circle.

22.Trim excess fabric from set in circle. Press seam.

Inner Ring
23. Press the middle freezer paper ring onto the back of the block centering the circle lining up the crease lines with the seams. Press with a hot iron to secure.

24. Cut, the center circle out leaving 1/2″ to 1″ seam allowance. Discard center circle. Cut 1/2″ tabs around the perimeter and lightly glue onto the freezer paper. Press into place with a hot iron and then apply heavy glue on top of the tabs.

25. Center the small HST block in the middle of the block by lining up the seam line. Lightly press into place. Turn over to make sure everything is aligned properly and then iron to dry glue and secure into place.

26. Remove freezer paper and sew together in the crease. Trim. Press. Square up block  to 20.5″ 20.5″.