This is a typical written pattern. Much like you'd find in a magazine and many books. And it is somewhat similar to what the rest of the blocks will be like in The Splendid Sampler™ quilt project.
If you are doing my Mysteries, like My Secret Garden, You will notice that my Moda Shuffle pattern is different. It is shorter, does not have all those photos, and it is more concise. My Secret Garden is a written tutorial style with step outs, just like my Teaching Books.
Here is how to read a pattern
At the top on the right are the Cutting Directions.
The word PRINT means the Shaded fabrics in the block. - In mine above it is navy
The word BACKGROUND means the fabric you want as a background. This is all the other fabrics, light colors.
You will pick your fabrics then cut those shapes listed.
Under the block it says 6" x 6" Finished. That means that when the block is sewn INTO the quilt that is the size.
But when you sew the block by itself it has the seam allowance. So when you are done sewing the block it will be a 1/2" bigger to account for the 1/4" seam allowance all the way around. 6" + 1/4" + 1/4" = 6 1/2"
Here I am with my Print (Navy)
and my Background (Lights)
And I'm getting ready to make the HST as the Directions call for.
The paragraph of words are the Directions. When there is more space you will often see it as bullet points
A) Draw a Diagonal line from Corner to Corner on the wrong side of 4- 2 1/2" background squares. (which means all of them since you only cut 4)
Layer a marked square right sides together on a 2 1/2" print square.
Sew a 1/4" from the Diagonal Line (see diagram in A that I circled. My Triangle book shows you how to do this in step by step photos)
Cut on the Diagonal line
Press open to make 2 triangle squares (Or Half Square Triangles HST)
*** Links to Tutorials from my Episode 292 guests Beth Helfter, Mary Abreu, and Kathy Brown
Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilts has wonderful quilt designs and a super sense of fun! We were talking about naming quilts. Honestly designer have to do it, so we all know what to call the quilt pattern. But many people love to name their quilts! You might be hanging it in your guild's show. Or you may be a playful person that names everything.. sewing machine, seam ripper.. am I right? Beth and I are going to talk about naming quilts, storage ideas and patterns to have fun with!
Let's talk about something quilters don't always use, but might have in the past… zippers… oh yes.. Zipper talk today! Maybe you've tried them, maybe you have not.. Mary Abreu and I are going to give you all the tips you'll ever need for happy zipper sewing! Now you can put zippers in those bags, on those pillows and maybe in that clothing pattern you bought but have not made yet.. yes.. I know about that!
I'm delighted to have back the super talent author, fabric and tool designer Kathy Brown, who just celebrated 20 years in business! This is the lady that has a zillion tricks for making better quilts, plus if you show her 5 fabrics, you will get a book of ideas.. yes really! Kathy recently redid her studio space and we are going to talk about that process and what worked, and didn't work for her. I can't wait because I am itching to rearrange my work space this year.
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