|Cactus Flower - a 12 inch finished block.|
Inset or y-seams are used when three pieces of fabric need to be sewn together and a simple straight seam won't do. Faith from Fresh Lemons wrote an excellent tutorial about y-seams. Her pictures and explanations are very clear and I would encourage you to read her post before starting this block.
Background Fabric (white):
3 - 2.25 inch squares
2 - 2.75 inch squares cut on the diagonal
1 - 5.25 inch square cut on the diagonal
Flower Fabric (reds):
4 - 1.75 inch diamonds
Leaf and Stem Fabric (green):
2 - 1.75 inch diamonds (use the process outlined above)
1 strip of fabric 1.25 x 6 inches cut on the bias
Inner border fabric (red):
4 - 2x7 inch strips
Border Corner Pieces (green):
2 - 4 inch squares cut on the diagonal
Lay out the pieces as shown.
|Do as I say - not as I do.|
Make sure the ruler is at the correct angle by lining up the inch line from this corner, through the middle of the block and to the opposite corner. Cut off excess fabric. Center the border triangle along the newly cut edge and sew. Repeat for all four corners. Press towards the border triangles. This square should measure 9.5 inches square.
If your block measures 9.5 inches square, cut strips of fabric 2.5 inches wide and sew them to all four sides of the block. If your block is smaller than 9.5 inches square, cut the strips of fabric 3 inches wide.
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