I think I will need to do this tutorial in at least 3 parts- we will see maybe 4 parts but I will post them one after another over a day or two.
If you are using Inklingo you have purchased the pdf file for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses and have read it over and have an idea of what printing your fabric templates is all about then you are going to be doing it as I am. If you just want the book you can purchase it from Linda Frantz at the Inklingo link on my side bar or the link above. If you just want to wing it you need a hexagon template sometimes called a “honeycomb” as seen at this link that measures one inch on each sides.
I am beginning this tutorial from the point that you have the pieces cut out that you need and have marked your seams either by printing on fabric with your printer or marking you seams in the matter you wish to do so for hand piecing (although you can machine piece if you wish or a combination of both). For hand piecing I use the same needle that I use for quilting – Roxanne #11 – between – I am used to this needle and I love it – if you are hand piecing this quilt – use whatever needle you are comfortable with. Thread for hand piecing I use white YLI hand quilting thread – I love it for hand piecing – it is a sturdy thread – again – use what you are comfortable using.
I am leaving the photos small but you can click on the photo to go to a larger photo.
1 – Pick out your fabric to go with your design. This that I have pictured will have one more row of white all the way around pictured later in the tutorial. You can fussy cut any or all of the pieces if you wish to do so. If you purchase Linda’s book you will see a variety of layouts – they do not all have to be like mine are. With different placement of color the design can change.
2- starting in the center using two pins – pin at the intersections
look at the back and make sure your intersections are lined up and then sew.
3- I use a small running stitch and every 4 or 5 stitches I take a back stitch to make the piece strong.
4- now that I have both of the center pieces stitch I can join them to complete the center
5- I normally just work with two pins – use as many as you like. I again match points on the front and back – and the center seam
6 – when you come to a seam slide your needle through it and then continue sewing your seam
7-press your seams going in clockwise or counter clockwise I suppose that depends on if you are right or left handed and swirl the center so it won’t have a bump if you wish.
8 – your front of the center will now look like this and you are ready to attach your next colors.
By marking your seams and making sure you stay on the lines you have perfect 1/4 inch seams.
I will post Part II later in the day.