How to Make The Goose in a Pond Quilt Block… Block #1 2018

Hi and welcome to DDs block of the
month this is block one in a series of 12 there’s just a couple little things
that you need to do before we get started there’s a link below this video
if you head over to our website if there’s a file there for you to download
with all the cutting instructions so head over there grab that and come back
here and we’ll get started Hi everybody and welcome to DDs first block of the month this block is called goose in a pond the first one is you’re cutting
instructions so you get a sheet of paper with your cutting instructions it’s an
EQ 7a download so it’s very self-explanatory on how to do it but I’m
going to go through it in just a second with you on how to use the PDF file if
you haven’t actually used it before so I’ll just sit that aside for a moment
you can see here that we’ve got another sheet that it is a colouring in sheet so
if you haven’t used your fabric shirt you can you know you get coloring in
pencils out and and have a bit of a play around you can download this file as
many times as you want so basically if you aren’t sure if the colors are going
to go together by you know get in there have a bit of a creative time with your
coloring in pencils and and give it a really good go okay so you would have
been over to the blog and you found your supplies list and these are some of the
things that we need okay so first and foremost we need our
fabric I’m using motor motor fabric it’s grunge buy basic gray it’s a very
textural looking fabric and that’s what I’ll be using throughout this series of
blocks you’ll if not and you haven’t got anything organized you just basically
need two colors okay so one is your background and I’m using white for my
background and the other is a color so whether it be yellow or blue or whatever
the case may be I’m using blue throughout for this particular block so
you’ll need a fat quarter of each of those and you’ll have plenty left over
so you can incorporate it into another block later down the track you’ll need a
working sewing machine with a quarter-inch foot that is suited for
your machine you’ll need a rotary cutter
cutting mats you’ll need some quilting rulers this is
the one that I used to cut all the squares and rectangles and I’ve got a
link below of where you can get a pack of these it’s a 4 pack and also you’ll
need a 12 and a half inch ruler and that’s for your final measurements you
will need matching threads some best press some pins and just some sewing
notions so I’ve got a quick unpick some thread snips a pair of scissors and this
little beauty here is a presser so I don’t have to get up and down from the
sonic sewing machine to do any ironing so I’ll use that to press my seams open
as I go and then I’ll do a final press you’ll need an iron and an ironing pad
and then you’ll be ready to go so get all your supplies together and get your
cutting list and I’ll see you back here soon okay so by now you’ve downloaded
your PDF files you possibly had a bit of a play around with some coloring in
pencils I am using blue and white because you can see it on camera it’s
got a really good contrast and so now I’m going to explain a little bit about
how to use this cutting instructions okay so there is actually no written
instructions for this when you download this file on its own but you can see
here that we’ve got a B C and D now I have condensed it so it should only be
one page that prints off you’re off your printer but you may get two so you
you’re gonna have pieces a B C and D okay so can you see that there I’ll just
put that up there and then we’ll be able to see it a little bit better all right
so now let me just explain some of these cutting instructions to you now you can
see here that we’ve got a little diagram of the actual block finish block up here
and then next to it we’ve got a little graph that has ABCD in it’s in place
okay so what we’re going to do this is where you can refer to where your pieces
are going to go so it’s sort of like a little jigsaw puzzle with your alphabet
okay and then down to the next part is the cutting diagram
so you can see here there’s a shaded part and it’s giving you a measurement
of three and a quarter by three and a quarter okay so we’re going to cut a
square and then you can see that this has a line going across it that Square
is going to get cut in half okay so you’re going to end up with two
triangles and they will be the components of our half square triangles
just up here the next one is another square and okay and it is 2 and 7/8
square and then the next one down is 1 on the quarter square but see how there
is no diagonal line here so they are squares and squares alone
and then for fabric D we’ll just go over to the next page you can see here that
we have 2 and 7/8 by 1 on the quarter so this is telling me that it’s a rectangle
okay and there’s no diagonal cutting on that one and then the next column on
this one on these pages is our patch count now when they refer to patch
account they don’t mean how many many squares you’ve got to cut and then cross
cut them for this particular one up here what they’re trying to tell you here is
that you need 12 patches or twelve triangles so you only have to cut six
three and a quarter squares and then your cross cut them and that’s going to
give you your twelve patches that you need and that’s the same for the blue
okay down here it is the squares so you actually have to cut five and then this
one here it’s 20 in the white background and 16 in the blue and then for the four
patch D it’s eight in the blue and six sorry for in the white so if you’ve got
any questions we’ve got our Facebook group I suggest that you join you can
ask lots of questions over there there’s lots of lovely people in there that will
help you okay so the first thing you want to do before you start cutting is
start I’ve already pre starched wine off-camera okay so if you haven’t
starched your fabrics please go and starch them I I generally do a double
starch so I start it i iearnt first and I spray some best press or whatever
starch that you like to use and then I own it again and then I give
it let it dry and then basically give it another guy and that adds a lot of
stability into tier fabrics especially when you’re working with half square
triangles which that’s what we’re doing today I just like to make my fabric as
stable as possible so the first one we’re going to cut is number a and it is
a three and a quarter patch and we need six of those to get 12 triangles so I’m
going to cut the blue one five the blue fabric first so you can see here we’ve
got one two three and then there’s a quarter just past that so your small
increment to eights and then your larger ones are a quarter so we’re aiming for a
quarter there and we can see that it’s a quarter here and then we just cut along
and then that’s done and then basically what we do now because this is actually
telling us that we need to cut that diagonally from corner to corner to get
our triangles we lay our ruler on and I use my 45 I don’t sure if you can see
that my 45 degree angle mark there and I place it on the straight edge of my my
fabric okay so can you see that now I’ll just move it off that yellow line okay
and you can see that’s a nice straight line along there and it’s giving me a
nice straight longer line along here now that’s going to make it more accurate
for you to get your half square triangle so I suggest if you don’t have a
45-degree angle ruler with you right now duck off grab one it’s going to make it
a lot easier for you alright so now what we do is cut that in half and then that
yields to half square our two triangles out of this way and we need 12 of these
so continue cutting your three and a quarter squares and six of them in total
and then cut them in half and you’ll have 12 patches okay we’ve got all our
pieces cut now we’re from our cutting sheet
we’ve got cut a which is our triangles for our half square triangles then we’ve
got two and seven or eight squares and then we’ve got our smaller squares at
one and a quarter in both white and blue and then we’ve got D which is two and
seven eighths by one and a quarter strips okay so basically what we’re
going to do first is we’re going to create our half square triangles so I’m
going to head over to the sewing machine and we’re just going to go step-by-step
through what we’re going to do okay so now we’re at the Machine and we’re going
to sew our quarter inch seam allowance okay so you need to make sure that you
have a quarter inch foot that’s compatible with your machine on your
machine matching threads and bobbin so you’re
ready to go for that we also want to reduce our stitch length down to on my
machine it’s down to a two-point oh and that and that is small enough on some
machines it can go down to one point nine one point a it will just depend on
your machine so just do a test so to make sure that that is a small enough
stitch for you and the reason being is we’re actually going to press our seams
open and I’ll show you what I’m going to do with that a bit later and it’s just
so our seams don’t pop open now you would have seen that I’ve got this green
piece of fabric here this is what we call our leader cloth and because I’m
trying piecing today and I’m chain piecing triangles sometimes your machine
or you needle can hit it right on the edge and just push it down into the the
feed dogs a little bit so this will stop that from happening
and then the next triangle will actually work as the leader cloth so this is when
I’m first starting and I just chopped that off once I’m finished sewing all my
pieces together and then I just use it again and I just keep using it until
it’s full and it’s no longer if you so yeah it’s it’s a really good thing to
use I use it for all my sewing especially especially triangles okay so
what you want to do is get a blue piece and a white piece or whatever colors
that you are using okay and lay them right sides together on top of each
other and we are going to sew a quarter inch seam allowance so basically you
just get going you can pin if you like I generally don’t pin when on chain
piecing and the pieces are small enough to hold with my fingers but by all means
if you don’t feel comfortable not pinning
please ping all right when we grab our next one and we do the same thing again remember that your fabric goes right
sides together before we sew and just continue doing that until
you’ve seen all your half square triangles together
okay so we’ve sewn all our half square triangles together and now what we’re
going to do is we’re going to open them up and we’re going to press our seam
just finger press at this stage we can give them a good press with the iron a
bit later so basically what you’re going to do is you’re going to just flip it
over and your seams will be like this okay we’ll grab the triangle we’ll just
open that up and so we reveal the square and then with your nail or with your
finger or with a presser you can just gently run that along and that opens up
the seam and it sits nice and flat and that’s what we’re aiming for now your
half square triangles will need to be squared up and they need to be at 2 and
7/8 squared and move on to our next step which is the little 9 patch ok so we’re
going to take our blue and white one and a quarter squares okay and we are going
to make a nine patch alrighty so again we’re just using our we’re using our
quarter inch seam allowance I’ve got my leader roll in there and you can see
here that I’m just don’t know if you can see that on camera or not but we’re just
creating we’re going to create a nine patch it’s what we’re aiming for so
basically what you’re going to do is you’re going to get them all you can lay
them out like that so you’ve got your pattern and then you’re going to get
your blue square and your white square with what right sides together and you
are going to sew a quarter inch seam allowance okay so and that’s what we end
up with now the next step you’ll need for each one you’ll need two of those
okay and then you’ll need one of those these ones okay so you get a blue the
white on top so you call the same okay so now you
press our seam open again this is the reason they print pressing the word
pressing the seams open is just so that you can it goes together a little bit
easier when you’re nesting so many seams and it reduces the bulk it spreads the
the seam out over the the block okay so that’s why we’re going to do that so
basically what you’ll do is you’ll need to and you’re going to repeat this until
you’ve used up all your one and a quarter squares you’re going to make for
each 9-patch two of these and one of these and you need to repeat that and
we’re making four of these units excuse me rowdy so I have made the four units
now for the nine patch now give that a really good press press all your seams
open and when I say press I mean press don’t
iron because you will warp it okay and then just hit that aside you’ll want to
square that up to the two and seven-eighths as well okay and then just
set that aside and now we’re going to make the last component which is our
four sets of strip sets okay so that consists of our blue and white strips
and basically what you’re going to do is you’re going to take one blue strip and
one white strip and you’re going to create four sets of these okay exactly
like that so we’ve finished all our units of our
strips our nine patch and our half square triangles and now I’m going to
square them all up so I’m going to show you what to do it they need to be at two
and seven-eighths that will match the two and seven-eighths
that we’ve got here when we do the final assembly alrighty so basically what I do
is I get my piece and I pop the 45-degree angle onto that seam okay and
we want to and 7/8 so I can see there I think I need a little bit more light can
you see that there all right sorry and you can see there that I just need to
take it not too much off just a little bit so basically what I’m gonna do is
I’m gonna take that bit off and that bit off turn it around put it on to the two
and seven-eighths again and you can see there that probably alright so I just
can take off those doggies there and I’m gonna repeat that with all the pieces ok
so that’s a half square triangle and it gets rid of your dog ears and you can
see there that it’s a nice beautiful half square triangle repeat that with
the other half square triangles in that same fashion you do not want to go any
smaller than that because your block won’t end up being a 12 inch block okay
well before it’s finished it’ll be 12 and a half before it gets sewn into the
quilt so I can see here that I don’t actually have to trim these ones they’re
all good to go so just measure them all okay get rid of some of your threads and
everything to make it easier for the final assembly just with your threads
snips just cleans the block up and less chance of it getting caught up in your
machine that way – okay so you just measure all those blocks
okay so we’ve squared all our pieces up and this is our IE so we’re going to be
referring to our little diagram up here or you can use the color one it’s up to
you whichever you find easy but this is going to help us with the our layout so
we’ve squared everything up so basically what we’re going to do now is we’re
going to lay it out our half square triangles okay and I’m starting up in
the corner and I’m just following the diagram on where they need to go
pop that up right up into the corner can you give that over for you okay then we
take one of our line patches and it goes in there then one of our plain squares
and then so you can see here I’m just laying it out and what I’ll do after I
finish laying it out I’ll head over to the sewing machine and we will sew all
that together alrighty so we’re all set up at the
machine and we’re now we’re going to do our assembly so we’re going to take that
first row of our block which consists of half square triangles and a plain square
and what we’re going to do is we’re going to sew our first half square
triangle to the second one then we’ll put this the plain square onto that then
our next half square triangle and then the last half square triangle onto that
okay so there’s our first set press that seam open again with just finger press
it so if you’re getting up and down because there are a few pieces and we
just set that aside and then we say the next one all right and I’m going to
continue making this strip set and the rest of the strip set and I’ll be back
here to show you in just a moment how to put the final pieces together alright so we’ve seen all our strip sets
together we’ve got five in total and we’re going to now assemble the block so
basically what I’ve done is I’ve laid it back out exactly how it was on the
design little mini design board and I’ve put row one down to row five so now what
we’re going to do is that we only take Row one okay which is our half square
triangles with our square and Row 2 which is our first nine patch and strip
set okay and we’re going to lay that right sides together on top of one
another and then we’re going to nest these seams so you’re going to need four
pins I always pin when I’m doing this because this is when
you will actually have it move and that sort of stuff on you so what I’m going
to do now is nest these seams together okay and this is when you need to make
sure that everything’s lining up okay so we can start sewing away and I just go
over my pins I don’t take them out because I said earlier I just think – I
always muck it up when I take the pin out so I leave them in and I just go
over over my pins a little bit slower but it is all lined up haven’t lost any
of our triangle points it’s looking very good and I’m very happy with that
and basically now I’ll just continue doing that so I’ll add the next strip on
to this one and I’ll just keep doing that for the five okay so we’ve sewn all
our block together and I’ve given it a good press and I’ve trimmed off all the
straggling bits and and everything like that I’ve hit it with a little bit of
starch just to make it a little bit stable your block should measure around
about the 12 and a half mark mine’s just slightly smaller but I’m not going to
worry about that because you can see here with that quarter inch that when I
sew our sashing or sew another block to it I’m going to be able to still not
lose my points all the way around so I’m not too stressed about that you want to
aim for the twelve and a half but don’t trim it just leave it as it is and when
we assemble the block after we’ve made our 12-hour quilt when we go to assemble
it we can we can worry about that then okay so that was our block for this
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