I've managed to resist the Granny Square block from Blue Elephant Stitches, until today. I wanted to make a red, white and blue candle mat, and remembered this tutorial by Jolene. So I opened my 2 1/2" squares scrap drawer and pulled out some red and blue squares:
(Why, yes, that is only a small portion of my 2 1/2" squares.)
I laid out the red and blue squares and added some white squares to get this block:
Rather than use a straight sashing, I decided to add triangles to the four sides and get a square mat. Adhering to the "right tool for the job" policy, I pulled out my Omnigrid 98L ruler. Since my granny square block is 9" raw-edge to raw-edge, I placed the 98L ruler on a regular ruler and found I needed to cut the setting strips 5" wide. Then it's easy to line up the "9" on the 98L ruler with the edge of the 5" strip:
Now pin the setting triangles to the opposite sides of the block and sew:
It's easier to sew with this side up, so you can see where the seams on the squares meet:
See? Nice, sharp points!
And here is the finished block:
Placemats and hot pads are a good way to use up scrap batting. With the increased price of cotton, I save every scrap nowadays! If the scrap isn't big enough for the whole block, sew two pieces together. First, place one piece slightly over the second and cut a curvy line through both pieces:
Then place one piece slightly overlapping the other and sew together with a three-step zigzag stitch, set to the widest stitch width.
Now we're ready to quilt the placemat. I love sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive for basting, it's much easier than pinning:
I quilted with my new Superior Threads King Tut in color #919, "Freedom" at 1/4" from the seams of the colored squares:
Tune in Tuesday for a tutorial on Susie's Magic Binding and the finished mat.
Today it is holding my blue candle, lit in honor of the sailors on the USS George Washington who are preparing to depart for their summer patrol of the Western Pacific.
24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
King James Version (KJV)
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