This was one of the first blocks I designed. It takes a more modern approach – ignoring lines that define the border and corner blocks. It is not difficult, just a little more involved so the instructions are a little longer than normal.
Once again we are using the 12/13″ Arc ruler. This is the 4th block we have made using this ruler, which shows just how versatile this ruler is.
Here are the particulars:
- RULER: 12/13″ Arc
- LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: 101, Beginner Ruler Quilting, some experience Free Motion Quilting (FMQ)
- cross hatch kite, square
- leaves, border of inside square
- cross hatch mountains, border
- gentle waves, border
- surf wave, border
- vase, corner
- spider, corner
Step 1: Make the basic markings on your quilt sandwich
- Mark your 18″ square (these will be your seam allowance lines), A1, A2, A3 and A4.
- Mark the 4 lines that are 3″ in from the seam allowance, lines B1, B2, B3 and B4.
- Mark the diagonal lines from B1 to B3, and B2 to B4 (C1-2)
- Find and mark the center of your block (D)
- Find the center of each B line, top and bottom (E 1-4)
- There will be a few additional markings that we will mention as we get to them.
Step 2: Stitch all your B and C lines.
Step 3: Start by making one of the larger circles (outline of the surf wave). Using E1 & E2 as a guide, stitch from one seam allowance to the other. You will need to move your ruler as you go. I did that at the C line. After you do the first row of stitching, make a row of echo stitching 1/4″ outside your initial row.
Step 4: Make another large circle using E2 & E3 as your reference points. Make a row of echo stitching outside of this semi-circle as well. (note: the picture shows the needle on the inside of the curve but that is not where you want to stitch. You want to stitch on the OUTSIDE of the curve, with the ruler positioned on E2 and E3, as shown in the picture)
Step 5: Stitch the other two semi-circles from the seam allowance of E3 to E4 (just to the B line, not to the seam allowance this time) and then continue to the seam allowance of E1. Repeat the row of echo stitching. You now have your center kite.
Voila! We are done! This will be my last block in the 101 beginner series. I hope that you stuck with me to the end, and that you enjoyed your ruler quilting experience.
Next week I will show you my six block sampler quilt put together. It will be hung in my sewing studio as a visual reminder of the many ways my few rulers can be put to use.