I left off on the last post with the center completed and moving on to the second color choice in my block – I am picking up from that spot.
8- this is where I left off. We will now add the next color. I like my little miniature design wall for this – by placing it on the felt where it will go it helps me keep my pieces in order – you do not have to do this – again do these steps as you are comfortable with. By laying pieces out you have them laying in the correct placement area – you might want to do your first block or two like this then do what you want. I like to add the second color one piece after another and then add the white pieces.
9 – I always like to start with the piece to the right as I am right handed – when I stitch this short seam I can then slide the needle through the seam and continue to the next seam – I always take a back stitch before I slide the needle through – just makes the intersection a little stronger. Again match your beginning and ending points on the front and the back (where you marked your seams)
10- Maybe it is just me but I find if I fold the piece over next to where I am working (below) that the seam area you are working on lays flatter for stitching this seam.
11- From the back – all seams are now pressed again in a counter clockwise order
12 – The front – now it is time to add more pieces.
13 – I go back to my design wall again (this a 12 1/2 inch sandpaper board with same size felt over it – I have a square ruler that sits over all of this to keep it in place when I am not working on it. What I do next is sew each two segments together and place them back on the felt until I am ready to sew – by segments I mean the 2 pieces of dark yellow, the two pieces of white etc. Now this is the place (and the center) where some people like to do machine work and stitch these seams on the machine then do the Y seams my hand – your choice.
14 – Now you can start anywhere you want to, to begin to attach these sewed pieces. I again start on the right.
15 – Again stitch from point to point –
16 – Slide your needle through the seams when you come to them.
17 – When you are done with this first segment the back will look like this. Continue attaching each around the “circle”
18 – Back to the design wall I picked up the yellow pieces in the corner and then sew them and round and round until this “row” is finished.
19 – this is what it should now look like.
20- the back – I find it helpful if I have a place to iron to press each “row” as I finish it – it can wait until the end of each block if you wish – I just find this easier to work with. If I am in the car or wherever ironing has to wait until I am home of course. I try finger pressing when I can and it I have my “design wall” with me it provides a firm support for doing that.
The next row in Part III