I started working on a BOM quilt a long time ago. I got two blocks done and then started another project and didn't get back to my BOM. Now I have motivation to get back to it! My sister-in-law has gotten a group together to make a BOM quilt and they are going to do this one. Some are quilters, some are beginners. I'm going to try to do some tutorials to help out, since I live in another state. So here goes. If you want to join in, here is a link to the pattern.
The center block for Patchwork Panache is huge! 34" square - almost the size of a baby quilt all by itself! But, that is why this large quilt that goes together quickly. There are many ways to do all of these quilting steps. I'm just giving suggestions to anyone who is interested.
Many of these large pieces are going to be sewn on the bias (diagonal) . Bias edges stretch easily, and to avoid distorted seams I starch my fabric before I cut it out if I know I'm going to be dealing with bias edges.
When your fabric is ready you will want to cut your "E" fabric (refer to pattern). Most fabric for quilting is between 42 and 45 inches wide. Folded in half and laying on your cutting mat you want to use a rotary cutter and cut off two strips that are 9 3/8" by the WOF (width of fabric).
Before I make any cuts I straighten the edge of my fabric so I can get precise cuts. Accuracy is really important so that your seams and points all match. Now cut one 9 3/8" strip from the "A" fabric, turn it and cut again so you now have two 9 3/8" squares of this color.
Now you will need to cut all these squares diagonally. Again, accuracy is important, so use the 45 degree line on your ruler, match it up with the edge of the fabric.
Now you have your first pieces all ready to sew!
Get those leftover "E" pieces and lay one so that it covers half of the large triangle you just cut. Line up the bottom and the long side,
but let the corner of the smaller triangle go past the top. Don't try to center your top piece so that it has a little of the point over on each side, put it all at the top point.
Press open and trim off the tag. Now you can see why you want the extra at the top! See how I have exactly 1/4" of fabric above my point? Now when I sew it to another piece my point will be just right.
Whew, this was a long post! This center block of the quilt is actually made up of 9 smaller blocks, you have just made 8 of them! In the next post we will make the center of the block and sew all of these together. Please let me know if you have questions! I know what I am thinking when I type this - but maybe you can't read my mind....?