City Sampler Sew Along: Blocks 46, 47, and 48

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This post is part of the City Sampler Sew Along.
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Gina – Well here we are. Blocks # 46 47 & 48. Halfway through the Triangle chapter and so far so good. This week I was feeling a little lazy actually so I ended up cutting most of my Half Square Triangles larger than they were meant to be and cutting them down to the size needed. 
For my Block 47 I ended up using some Triangle on a Roll paper that I had laying around my sewing room. 

This stuff is great to have around for sewing precise Half Square Triangles without spending a lot of time measuring fabric. It is a continuous pattern printed on thin paper that comes on a roll with several hundred and comes in all sizes. It has the directions printed on the paper, but once you sew one you don’t even need to think about. “Layer two fabrics, right sides together. Sew following arrows. Rotary cut all solid lines. Tear away paper.” 

I roughly cut the fabric bigger than the piece of paper that I am using. Here I am using 1 and a half sheets since I only needed 9 HST for the block. Normally 2 full repeats would be easier because it would be symmetrical. I pinned the paper and the fabric right sides together with a couple pins and followed the arrows with a smaller than normal stitch. 

Here is the paper cut up completely after all lines were sewn. I used a small square ruler and a rotary cutter to cut all the solid lines and also cut most of the extra dog ears off. 

Then came time to rip all of the paper off! This part does require a little patience and a somewhat delicate touch. You don’t want to go just yanking on the paper because you might pull your stitches out. This is where the smaller than normal stitch comes in handy because the paper is more perforated and your stitches also hold themselves together a little better. I usually pinch one end with my finger and carefully tear off one side of the seam and then get the other side. After all that I’m honestly not sure it was any less work than the suggested way of cutting the squares exactly and marking the middle line. I suppose if you are doing a lot of triangles the same size all at once the paper may be easier.

Another 3 Blocks to add to the pile. Next week we will be reaching the halfway point! I am looking forward to seeing your blocks. Happy sewing!
-Gina
Sara – Hey guys! Nearly at the half-way point, and knee-deep in some triangles! I’m so glad that there were so many triangle blocks to work through in this chapter, because I could use a little practice with triangles, to tell you the truth!
I used my Pilot Frixxion pens to mark the diagonal lines directly onto the fabric. If you’re not familiar with Frixxion pens, they’re available anywhere that carries office supplies (Target, Office Max, Staples, etc.), and they even have some at my local quilt shop. When used on paper, these pens erase the ink with a little rubber molded eraser; when used on fabric, the heat from your iron will remove the ink, which makes them handy for marking when transferring marks from a pattern, etc. I’d suggest testing the pens on your chosen fabric (or keeping the marks within the seam allowance), as different colors/types of the Frixxion pens react different to different fabrics.
Here are my blocks for this week:

Block 46
Block 47
Block 48

And also here are all of my blocks so far! I’m really antsy to start sewing bits of the sashing together, but the thought of leaving a partially-finished quilt out for the next 3 months aren’t that appealing, lol!!

-Sara

Kim –  So close to FIFTY!  I am really happy that these blocks are so easy  to make.  I the quick finish fix for the week and putting them up on the wall to see how they look and where I may be going next.

The colors are very dark this week.

This is Katy’s favorite of this trio.  This one matches her runners :o)
Block #46
I was not convinced with these choices.  I am trying to go outside what I would normally do and try some new combinations.  When this block is with the whole group, it looks really really good!
Block #47

 Not sure about this one…the blue in the middle is not quite right but is growing on me.  Some of the fabric choices may have been while watching season one of Once Upon A Time in a semi dark room so learning from this i need to make certain that I am more careful checking them in real light first.

Block #48

All three together!!!!

COME ON FIFTY!!!!!!

-Kim
http://gogokim.blogspot.com

 So, if you are sewing along at home, be sure to link up ONLY blocks 46, 47, and 48 in this post (you will have time to link up your other blocks in future posts). Please link up separately for each block. As a reminder, you can link to your blog post, Flickr, or wherever else you are hosting your pictures. You must link up here on this post in order to be eligible for the monthy prize, to be awarded on September 31st!

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