Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tuesday Tips, Chic Country Square Up

Our Chic Country pattern continues to be one of our most popular patterns, for good reason! It's amazing!! :) We've taken a wonderful traditional design and simplified it using the Quick Curve Ruler!! 

Many quilters have had a lot of success and satisfaction with our Chic Country pattern and the quilts they've been able to make using our pattern are breathtaking! 

Some of our customers have had questions about a few steps in the pattern and in particular the "square up" step. 

Here is a picture tutorial of a few steps in this pattern, including the square up. 

These first few pictures show the process of sewing on the background pieces and directional pressing for one block.

 Right sides together, sew on first background piece. Begin with the ends meeting, as shown...

Press towards focus fabric

Right sides together, sew on second background piece, begin with top piece down about an inch.

 Press towards the background piece that was just sewn on.

 Right sides together, sew on third background piece, beginning down about a 1/4 inch.

Press towards third background piece that was just sew on.

Your block should resemble this.

Place 3 small dots on your Quick Curve ruler with a sharpie marker (these marks can be easily removed with rubbing alcohol). These dots will help when squaring up blocks. Be sure your ruler is face up with the "1's" in the upper right hand corner. Place the first dot down and in a 1/4 inch.

 From the upper right hand corner count over 4 3/4 inches and down 1 3/4 inch and mark your ruler with another small sharpie marker dot.

 From the upper right hand corner count down 4 3/4 inches and in 1 3/4 inch, make another sharpie marker dot.

Place your block under your ruler (as shown in the picture below) with the three points of your "petal" shape sitting under the sharpie marker dots that were previously placed on ruler. Line "petal" points up under the dots as close as possible. 

Some of your blocks will sit under the dots almost perfectly.

However, some if not most of your blocks, the points will be off just a smidgen or more. Don't let this concern you. Just get the points as close as possible under those dots then square your blocks to 5" x 5".

Press all seams open.

Four 5x5 blocks sewn together should resemble this flower shaped block.

Do not let points that do not match up perfectly, concern you! In the end, all the blocks will come together beautifully and the inconsistent points will not matter or take away from the finished quilt. 

As you can see in one of our Chic Country quilts, some of the points match up perfectly and others do not. However, the overall finished quilt is gorgeous and the inconsistencies are not noticed! 

The mesmerizing and beautiful interconnecting circles are definitely the signature look of this traditional design!! Everyone, including us, loves it! Each Chic Country Quilt is breathtaking!

We have taken a relatively difficult and time consuming traditional pattern and simplified it using the Quick Curve Ruler! What used to take quilters months if not years to complete, quilters are putting our Chic Country quilts together in days! :)

We hope these Chic Country tips have helped! We know many have enjoyed and been very satisfied making our pattern and we know many more of you will as well! :)

Here are some more recent Chic Country eye candy that we've seen popping up on InstaGram recently! (Credit is under each quilt)








We are excited to see all of our customer's Chic Country Quilts! Please hashtag #chiccountry or #chiccountryquilt or #sewkindofwonderful on Instagram or Facebook. 

Happy Quilting Everyone!

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~
Jenny, Helen and Sherilyn


Leeanne said...

beautiful! I love the straight line quilting too. I haven't made this pattern but I have made Urban Birthday and Metro Rings, both fabulous patterns!

Glenda said...

I love seeing the quilt sewn with all the different splendid fabric choices. What a difference value placement makes! Beautiful. Thanks so much for the inspiration.