Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I've implemented some inset seam avoidance here again.

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

Foundation piece each section, following the numbers.
Trim the seam allowances to 1/4".
Cut the two unnumbered sections out of background fabric, remembering to add 1/4" seam allowance.
I cut the pattern piece out of freezer paper and iron it to the wrong side of my fabric, then cut out the shape, adding the seam allowance.

Referring to the block diagram, sew the three pieced sections together.

Lay a non-pieced section right sides together with the block, and sew the short seam.  Note that I stopped the seam a 1/4" from the edge, i.e. where the seam meets up with the seam line of the long edge.

Repeat for the other side seam.

Using a disappearing marker, draw a line 1/4" in from the long edge as in the photo.  This marks the seam line.

Fold the fabric under along this line and press.

Applique in place.
Repeat for the other non-pieced section.

Applique the small triangles into place.


  1. Great technique! I can definitely appreciate inset seam avoidance. Your block looks great.

  2. I hand pieced mine - but basically did it the same way as you, appliqueing those two triangles in the corners.