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Just so you know where we're headed, I've organized this QAL according to which block I think is easiest and progresses to the most difficult (the spinning centers). I chose the sawtooth block as #1 as its layout is the most straight forward, with all HSTs facing the same direction. Once this block is learned, all of the pressing and seam direction tricks apply to all the blocks to create sharp points.
|Quite the pile of HSTs.|
|Layout all of your HSTs, referring to the quilt diagram for HST placement.|
|Remember when using charm squares, the 1/4 seam is from the inside pinked edge of the fabric, not the outside.|
|Trick--I do not cut threads in sewing pairs. This chain-piecing is really valuable. It keeps my block placement and my HST orientation correct.|
|Press seams open in opposite directions. Odd rows to the right and evens to the left. Do not clip threads.|
|Now flip column 3 HSTs on top of column 2 HSTs.|
|Layering column 3 on top of column 2.|
|Chain sew the next column on without clipping seams. When column 3 is completed, sew column 4 on top of row 3.|
After the 4 columns are sewn, it is important to ensure rows are pressed in opposite directions--odds to the right evens to the left (or vice versa...whichever you choose, stick to it).
|Pressing rows in opposite directions allows seams to next.|
|The un-clipped chain-sewn threads help to align the rows to be sewn. I pin through the sharp apex in between the seams, and ensure seam nesting as shown in the above photo.|
|The highlighted lines are to show you where the seams are. To ensure the point does not get blunted, make sure the needle of your sewing machine goes right through that point (or even just to the outside of the seam-line). "X marks the spot!"|
|Here you go....block one--a Sawtooth block.|
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