Thursday, October 17, 2013

Winding Ways tutorial

 Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day with little wind and I tried to sew a couple blocks and do this tutorial but wouldn't you know I sewed it together wrong for the camera so I went for a 2 mile walk and did I ever sleep good last night. Today is grey and rainy a much better day to spend in the sewing room and this time the block went together perfectly. Funny how some days are like that.

 I have a paper towel on a tray so things don't slide around and an arrow so I know which direction it needs to be. I took the parts off the wall in order. I have the parts numbered in my head upper left is 1 going counter clockwise lower left is 2, lower right is 3 and upper right is 4.

Flip the skinny triangles, the left side triangle will be sewn to 1, bottom to 2, right side to 3 and top to 4. Match the square end of the triangle with the point of the large triangle and begin sewing, gently curve the skinny triangle to match the edge of the large triangle. This is such a gentle curve that it doesn't need to be pinned. It just fits together.

 Sewn together 1,2,3,4.

Finger press the skinny triangle toward the large triangle. The directions in the magazine called the large triangle A, corner triangle B, and skinny triangle C.

  Lay them back in order.

 Flip 2 onto 1 and 4 onto 3, I like to sew from the inside point to the outside.
Shown sewing 4 and 3.

 The block will not be connected in the center. clip apart and finger press the skinny triangle C toward big triangle A.

Should look like this.
This backward S curve is the best way to seam it. I tried  a C curve and it did not sew together as nice.

 Match the cut off corner of the skinny triangle C to the inside corner of the the corner triangle B. Begin sewing and curve the right side to match the left side the center seams will butt together. Pin if you like but after sewing a couple you won't need to pin.

 It is a very gentle curve and just fit together nice. I use my finger nails to scratch the seam edges into alignment.
 Press and return to its place on the design wall.  Visual scan and the skinny triangles match in the four point stars. The magazine that was in my big box of  parts is the March/April 2004 F & P Love of Quilting. I ordered the acrylic templates from the magazine. The templates have a notch in the center of each side for matching the seams and is helpful. The piecing is not difficult. Only 88 full blocks to sew and 30 some half blocks. It is a good day to sew. --Ann--

1 comment:

Raewyn said...

You have a very well organised way of sewing these Ann :-) I have started a winding ways quilt but am handsewing the blocks. I think I'd like to change to machine sewing - that way I may actually get it done. What size are your blocks?