We’re back from our fabulous trip to Israel, and I’ve prepared the second session of our Midnight at the Oasis quilt along. I hope you’ve all selected your fabrics, and are ready to get to work. And this quilt is quite a bit of work, I must say. Here we go!
Preparing templates for cutting:
The last page of the pattern are the templates that we’ll need to add 1/4″ seam allowance to before we use them to cut out the pieces.
I like to trace each shape onto template plastic with a Sharpie fine point permanent marker before I add the 1/4″ seam. It is easier for me to add the seam allowance when I have it already on the plastic.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the sew along, I encouraged you to read the entire pattern ahead of time. As I read about the center square, I decided not to cut the fabric of template E. Instead of piecing E to the four pointed star, I would rather cut a 15 ½” x 15 ½” square, and applique the star on that. This is my personal preference, if you want to piece, please do whatever technique you like best. (Obviously, I will need a little more fabric if I’m going to cut a larger piece of the primary background than the pattern calls for.)
Once my templates are ready, I need to decide the fabrics that I’ll use in the Center Square.
-Primary Background – one 15 ½” x 15 ½” square
-64 of a variety of fabrics for template A
-Multi red for small borders – template B
-C & D, I’m not too concerned, as long as they look pleasing.
-8″ x 8″ square for circle appliques – secondary background
When I’m ready to applique the circles (and eventually the four point star), I don’t want to needle turn and I don’t want raw edge applique. I have found a happy medium when I use a thin non-fuseable interfacing. The finished piece has a little more depth than using raw edge applique with Steam-A-Seam. Once you have your piece ready for applique, place it face down on the interfacing,
and stitch all the way around using a 1/4″ seam.
On curved pieces, clip up to, but not past the seam, so when you turn it right side out, it will lay flat. Make a small slit in the interfacing, and turn right-side out. Press so you can’t see the stabilizer.
Begin assembly of center Section.
Press lowest layer of A’s to left, next layer to right, then left again. This will allow your triangles to nest together more easily.
When you are piecing triangles, one of the most difficult steps is ensuring the points meet precisely. One way of doing this, is to insert a flat headed pin from the back of the second layer from the bottom at exactly the spot where the points of the triangles meet. Insert the pin through the point of the triangle you are piecing it to.
Pull the pieces together on the pin, and place a pin on either side of the seam to make sure it stays in place. I also like to put a dot on the seam where I want to be sure my stitch intersects. I will use the same applique technique for the star points
After you have made the star points, you will be ready to applique the circles (B, C, & D) onto the 8″ x 8″ center square. Find the center of your square by drawing diagonal lines from corner to corner.
Trim square to 6″ x 6″ and attach a pieced triangle to each side. This is the time where you piece E between the points, or applique the star onto a 15 ½” x 15 ½” square.
Once you have you star on the center square, add the tiny borders.
Cut 2 strips 1″ x 15 ½” and stitch to top and bottom
Cut 2 strips 1″ x 16 ½” and stitch to each side.
Whew! That was a bit of work, wasn’t it?
Next session is on or about November 14 and will be about Border 1: Orange Peel
Homework: Finish Center Square