Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And welcome to the second installment of the Glorious and Free quilt behind me. Now this quilt has been designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, but feel free to join along and make it in any color combination that you would like. Now in the first installment we made the maple leafs, small and large. And this time we’re going to make some tiny little nine-patches, but we’re going to join them together with some nice big white blocks and some red blocks. And when they’re put together it is a really nice-joining block. And I’m going to continue this quilt using the red and white. And the fabric line up is from Northcott. It is their Color Works and it’s a very true crisp white and tomato red. So let’s cut the big blocks first. From the red, you’re going to need to cut two long strips at 3½”. Then take those strips and cut them in 3½” squares. From those two strips you will get 24 blocks at 3½”. From the white you’re going to cut 3½” strips all the way down the width of the fabric. You’re going to need four strips, and when you cut those into 3½” squares you will have 48 squares, and that’s what you’re going to need for the solid blocks. And for the nine-patch we’re going to strip-piece them. From the red you need to cut eight long strips at an inch and a half, and for the white you’re going to need seven strips at an inch and a half. That’s all you’re going to need for the blocks. With the red and white you’re going to make strip sets of three. One strip set is going to have the white in the center. The other strip set you’re going to have a red in the center. When you go to sew long strip sets together, if you sew two together in one direction, so you’re going to start off at the top here, you’re going to sew that quarter inch all the way down. When you get to the very end you’re going to sew the next strip starting on this end. And by doing that it’s going to help the strip sets not curve. So just keep in mind that you’re going to sew one on one end and one on the other. Take five white and five red and sew them together using a scant quarter inch. And when that strip set has been sewn together it’s important to press that seam flat before you press it open. It’s also important that this strip remains straight as you are pressing it. If the strip is twisted like this it is actually going to retain that memory. So find a straight mark on your ironing board and press that seam down flat. Now there’s a difference between pressing and ironing. Pressing is when you take the iron and you push it up and down in this motion. Ironing is when you do this motion where the iron stays on the fabric. When you iron what happens is that steam and that heat can actually move that fabric as you are ironing. So to press you’re going to put the iron down and then lift it up and put it back down, and by doing that you’re not going to distort all of those fibers. If you find when you lay that strip down, if it doesn’t want to remain straight you can straighten it up. So you might have to just give it a little tug so that it’s following a straight line and you can just pull slightly and then press it, then let it cool down. By doing that you’re putting it back into the proper shape. What that first pressing does is it takes that seam of stitching that you’ve put and it sort of integrates it into the fabric. If you’re just to take it and open it and press it, the thread is actually sitting on top of the fabric. It hasn’t been pushed into the fabric. So by pressing it first it gives it a nicer finish. Now you’re going to be able to take that and press that seam towards the red, so I take that just with my hand and I press it down. Then I will make sure that that’s straight and I will press it again. If you’re taking the iron and you’re running it back and forth, you’re just going to stretch it as you go along. Or if you’re ironing just right down the center, you’re stretching it again. So just fold that seam down with your hands and press it. When you have the five strips, that’s done. Now you’re going to be able to sew the additional color on. So for strip set A you’re going to take the red, you’re going to sew it right on top of that white. For strip set B you’re going to take the white and sew it onto the red. You will have three strip sets A and two strip sets B. When you have that second strip sewn on you need to press it the same way as the first time. You now have the strip sets done and the seams on both of them are going towards the red. And by doing that you’re going to be able to save some time for cutting them. You will now need to cut this entire strip into inch and a half segments, but we’re going to cut them together, so it doesn’t matter what set is at the bottom or what is at the top. But you just need the opposite sets, and you’re going to be able to take them and place them right sides together. You’re going to be able to nestle those seams, which means the seam that is going in this direction on one side will be going in the oopposite direction on the other side. So those seams will actually lock together and you’re going to be able to feel them. As you match up all those seams use a line on your cutting mat and make sure that that strip is nice and straight. First thing you’re going to do is cut off this end. And when this is off, now I’m going to be able to cut each segment at an inch and a half. And if you take the ruler and you press on one side and the other It is going to make that ruler sort of bend a little bit, but it’s going to hold it down so that the fabric does not shift. You’re going to be able to do this method for two of the strip sets because you need two of one and three of the other. When you get the whole stack together you’re going to be able to take this to the sewing machine, and they’re already matching for you. You’re going to be able to sew right down the edge at a quarter inch because the pieces are already together. And when you open them up those seams are going to match perfect because they were nestled together on the back. At this point I’m just going to finger-press it, and I’m going to finger-press that seam going towards that single red block. From there you’re going to sew on another strip set, and the strip set is going to be the one with the red in the corner. So you’re going to have one red in the center and two red corners. So you’ll be able to match up those seams and stitch that quarter inch. And with that last seam done you’re going to be able to press that seam also towards the center. Now this should equal 3½”. And that 3½” is going to match the 3½” solids. You will need 36 of these cute little nine-patches. And to put these all together you’re going to need 12 red squares, 12 white squares, 12 of your little-nine patches. The second row is going to have a white on each side of the nine-patch. The last row, the red is going to go in the opposite corner, the white and the nine-patch. So you have the whites in the center, two reds on the outside with the nine-patch going through the center. Now you’re going to be able to sew them together in rows. When the rows are sewn together these seams are going to be pressed to the center; this, the seams are going to be pressed out; and this, the seams are going to be pressed in. That way they will nestle together. We now have twelve 9½” blocks with those cute little tiny nine-patches in the corner. I’ll put a link in the description to a pdf so then you can print it out and follow along. If you’re following along feel free to post the pictures on my Facebook. I would love to see what you are doing. And as always, thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time in the sewing room. Bye for now!