Hello everyone! It's time for the second block in our Charm Square Sampler Quilt Along.
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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). For today's entry, we are working on #4, the Diamond in a Diamond
STEP ONE: Lay out 16 of your half-square triangle (HST) pieces.
STEP TWO: Sew the blocks using this column orientation (as shown in the previous tutorials). Sew rows 2 to 1, then 3 to 2, then 4 to 3.
STEP THREE: Do not clip threads. This will keep your squares in proper alignment. This block is the first block where we encounter different pressing in the seams. In the past, we have simply pressed rows in opposite directions, which can work here, but it would risk pressing the "X" closed. As you recall, this shows us where to sew when connecting rows to avoid blunt points. To avoid this, I press my seams to show the "X".
|The top row is under this, the second row.|
|Here is the center of the block. Yes, the right and left side seams are going in the same direction. This is because on the row previous to it, it needed to be pressed this way to show the "X marks the spot" to avoid blunted seams.|
STEP FIVE: Sew through all three rows paying attention to the "X" spot. Pin-matching when necessary.
STEP SIX: Press open rows and you are done!
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