I am by no means an expert on anything, Im self taught and have learned the hard way (lots of unpicking, hair pulling etc) about the importance of proper preparation and patience. Of course, regardless of whether your working on a 24" block or a 3" block, the same principles apply. If you have any other tips to share with fellow quilters, please leave them in the comments section to add to this tutorial.
Firstly, make sure you are well prepared, press all your fabrics, pop a new needle into the machine, threaded with a good quality thread and ensure your rotary blade is nice and sharp for accurate cutting.
Just a few other important things to remember along the way...... read all the instructions carefully before proceeding, ensure accurate 1/4" piecing throughout the block, press seams in alternate directions for easier seam matching, measure all the units along the way and trim were necessary, being careful not to cut into seam allowances and take your time, enjoy the experience :)
I like to cut all my pieces and lay them out as units, according to the order in which I will sew:
4 x 1 1/4" white squares for the corner blocks
1 x 2 3/4" white square cut diagonally twice to yield 4 triangles
2 x 1 5/8" blue squares cut diagonally once to yield 4 triangles
2 x 1 1/4" blue squares
2 x 1 5/8" green squares cut diagonally once to yield 4 triangles
2 x 1 1/4" green squares
Take extra care cutting squares on the diagonal, ensure that you are cutting from corner to corner.
Starting with the centre 4 square block:
Ensure you press your seams in alternate directions, for ease of matching:
Press each seam towards the blue fabric. At this stage each unit should measure 1 1/4" x 2" (trim if necessary using your seam as a guide to the centre of the unit). Join both units together, carefully matching the centre seams, to form the 4 square block:
The top and bottom units are pieced in the same manner with the addition of a white corner square on either end and seams are pressed towards the white square
I am still working on my "Fairground" quilt and I will work on a tutorial for the template piecing for this quilt at a later date :)