Monday, May 4, 2009


Teenie weenie little sections...

Print or trace the block diagram onto foundation paper, number and cut out as in the photo.

Foundation piece all the numbered sections and trim their seam allowances to 1/4". Cut the unnumbered triangles out of fabric, remembering to add 1/4" seam allowance to them as well. I ironed them onto freezer paper to stabilize them and make it easier to cut the seam allowance.

Sew together the small pieced sections as in the photo.

Sew the shortest sections to opposite sides of the center square.

Sew the longer sections to the other two sides of the square.

Attach the four corner triangles.

Cut out and applique the corner diamonds using your favorite applique method. I have a really hard time appliqueing these so if anyone has some wonderful advice, please let me know.


  1. I love your detailed tutorials for these blocks! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my dear jane's definitely going to be a challenge but I'm looking forward to it. Keep up the great work!

  2. Yikes!! It's a good thing we had a break so we could tackle this block. So many little pieces. Yours turned out beautifully.

    Could you remind me what width the sashing is supposed to be, please?

  3. Wow for the block! And thanks again for a wonderful tutorial!

  4. I had a feeling this would be one of the blocks this week. Yours looks spectacular!

  5. I hated all those appliqued diamonds (past tense! Yay!). I drew lines and FPFP'd them. It's not even noticeable in the finished quilt.

  6. Those little pieces with sharp points are super tough. I found the tutorial that Carrie P. has over on her blog really helpful... I am now a HUGE fan of toothpicks!
    Needleturn pointsFreezer-paper pointsYour block looks lovely with those polka dots. :)

  7. Grats! you were on :)

  8. I use the double freezer applique method. Trace the shape onto the dull side of a single layer of freezer paper then iron that onto a second piece of freezer paper. then trim the piece without seam allowance. Now iron the shiny side of the freezer paper onto the wrong side of your fabric. I spray some regular starch into a cup and use a small cheap paintbrush to paint the starch onto the seam allowance. Use a small iron (Clover or Hobbyco) and a stiletto to iron the seam allowances over the edge of the freezer paper. When this is done, pop the freezer paper out and you have a perfect shape. I use Roxanne's glue baste to glue the piece on, a few dots on each side is enough. I use my seam ripper or the tip of an old scissors to tuck in the points, smooth them out and put a dot of glue on to hold it down. Then applique away...I have appliqued this way for years. It is a little more time consuming but you get perfect shapes! Try it.

    P.S. I really love your blog. I finished this block last week. It was a crazy little one!

  9. hi, Anina..
    I've just pop out from Katie's blog and visit here. Thanks for the tutorial, I'll try soon :)
    You said you scared to sew curvy blocks. I have a tutorial of it at my blog if you wanna try.

  10. amazing work! That scares me just looking at it!