Welcome to my blog! I’m glad you’re part of The Splendid Sampler and I’m glad you stopped by to learn a bit more about my block, Hand in Hand.
Without a doubt, the most influential person in my life was my mom. She was a sweet, gentle and intelligent lady. She also happened to be very creative, especially when it came to needle and thread. It’s her heart represented by the red, center square.
I’d like to take a few minutes and share with you how I made my block. All the designers were sent a bunch of Moda fabric & I ended up choosing these. With Mom at the center, I knew I also needed to include blue, because I only have sons. Radiating gold represents going forward, Hand in Hand, generation to generation.
I know many of you already use the Clearly Perfect Angles, so I’m sure it’s not a surprise you’d see it in my post. But, truly, I can’t sew without it anymore, especially when it comes to 45° angles!! I haven’t drawn a line in years!!!!
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The first thing we need to do is create four half-square triangles. Here I’m using the gray bands (Alignment B) on the Clearly Perfect Angles. (Hint: please visit here to see more details or see the images on my website).
Next, simply add the small red squares to the blue corners and stitch from point-to-point. (Alignment A)
Now we’re going to move on to using the template. Press your fabric in half the long way, wrong-sides together.
Pin these gold pieces to the background rectangles. Notice how the folded edge is at an angle and the raw edges match the edges of the rectangle in the left image. Add a second rectangle, right-sides together, and pin. Stitch a seam thru all of the layers with the raw edges on the long side.
Press these seams open and then create the triangle by opening the folded fabric. Press.
Join the units you’ve created into three rows. And stitch the rows together to form your block.
Here’s a close-up, so you can see how the folded fabric creates dimension. (scroll down to the bottom of the page to see additional information for the block)
I’m fortunate to have my mom’s sewing machine. I can’t image the hours she spent here…to think, every Easter and Christmas I had a brand-new dress. Usually magically appearing in the morning after, I’m sure, sewing most of the night. 🙂
For my sampler quilt, I’m using batik fabrics from Hoffman California-International Fabrics. Aren’t the colors rich??
I’ve so enjoyed having my granddaughters in my studio. One of my most popular blogs was one I wrote for BERNINA featuring my oldest granddaughter. It’s just a sweet story about making her dolly a quilt.
One thing I mentioned in the Aurifil post was that both my mom and I were Home-Ec teachers. Although I haven’t been in the high school classroom for over 10 years, I still LOVE to teach. If your guild, show or store is seeking instructors, please check out my teaching information. How fun would it be to meet in person!!??!!
Now, back to what’s at hand…. I wanted to share with you some setting ideas using the block, Hand in Hand. Isn’t it crazy how one block can create so many different patterns?
And as an additional reference, here are instructions for creating the block using the Clearly Perfect Angles. (please use the Splendid Sampler template for correct scale of template).
It’s been just splendid being apart of this journey Pat and Jane have created. I hope you’re enjoying it as well!