Block: Woven by Ruth Beeby
Size: 12″x12″ finished
You will need
(1) 3.5″ x 3.5″ square from background fabric
(1) 3.5″ x 37″ strip from background fabric
(4) 12″ assorted strips measuring 2″-3″ wide
Cut your assorted strips all different widths, or all the same, it’s up to you. In this example I used 2.5″ strips from my scrap bag.
From the left-hand side of your assorted strips, cut off a 3″-4″ piece.
Again, each strip can be different. The strips above were cut at 3″, 3.25″, 3.5″ and 3.75″.
The orientation of these cut pieces is important. It is helpful to mark the top with a pin or a dot with a disappearing marker.
Sew a strip of background fabric to the top and bottom of each small cut piece.
Strip piece for speed.
You should now have (4) pieced units and (4) strips. Choose a layout for your block by pairing the pieced units with the leftover strips. Pay careful attention to line it up like the above picture for the woven effect.
Sew each pieced unit to a printed strip. Keep the inside edges of each pieced segment even as you sew. Refer to the photo above. Press open.
Starting at the bottom right, sew the background square to the pieced segment. This first seam is a partial seam. Notice that the inside corners of the background square and the pieced segment are even.
The outside edges can be uneven and that is ok because we will be trimming down the block at the very end.
Here is a closer look at that partial seam. It should be about half the length of your background square. Press open.
Continuing clockwise, sew on the bottom left pieced segment. Notice again that the inside edges are even. Sew together. Press open.
Sew the top left pieced segment on. Press open.
Now sew on the top right pieced segment. One corner of your background square should still be unsewn making it easy to attach now.
From the back of your block, find the partial seam. Line up the last two unsewn edges and start sewing from just before the partial seam, slightly overlapping your stitching. Back tack to lock your beginning stitches.
Trim your block to 12.5″x12.5″
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