This is the first group of 9 blocks – sewn together. There will be a total of 36 blocks – 3 more sets of 9.
In this first group I joined each block – one at a time. I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like – it was exciting seeing it come together. I wasn’t sure the secondary circles would show up – but they do – just enough!
When I finished a row of three blocks I joined them to each other. When I finished the middle row I joined it to the top row and the same for the bottom row.
I haven’t posted any progress on the Alabama Beauty blocks for awhile – but I have been working on them. I discovered that sewing the same pieces together on all 9 block makes it go much faster – I get into a rhythm when I do the same thing over and over.
This picture shows the 16 pieces that make up one block.
1) I sew the two trumpet shaped pieces to the four purple pointy bits. First I have to clip the concave curves on the purple pointy pieces. While I’m at it I clip the trumpet shaped pieces too – because I will have to do it later anyway .
I press it open like this. I do this for all 9 blocks before I move on to the next step.
2) The next step is to sew the four purple pointy modules to the four orange peel shapes. Press and repeat for all 9 blocks.
This is what it looks like from the back after pressing.
3) Now I sew one set of two orange peel modules together.
And then the other – on all nine blocks.
The last step of course – is to sew the two modules together to form a completed block. I start sewing at the center and work out – I find it makes the points meet more accurately.
I am just finishing step two on the ninth block.
This is my method – using Inklingo of course – I cannot imagine sewing a 16 piece block – every single piece is curved – any other way!
Other Inklingoists undoubtedly approach it a bit differently – it took me a few blocks to discover my favorite way of doing it.
Cathi at Quit Obsession is a master at hand piecing – with a special fondness for curved patterns. See Cathi’s wonderful very well illustrated tutorials on hand piecing here and here. Whether you use Inklingo or not these are excellent instructions.