Autumn has officially arrived, and to celebrate the season, we’ve put together a quilt along celebrating all the things that go bump in the night. This week we’re making the Waiting Web block!
30″ x 30″
This week, we’re making the third block: Waiting Web! To find all the fabric requirements and more information about the quilt along Click Here to go to the main post.
Block 3 – Waiting Web
9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ unfinished
Fabric Requirements for Waiting Web
Background – ⅜ yard
Web – ⅜ yard
*Everyone has their own amount of fabric they like to use when Foundation Paper Piecing. The cutting instructions note in the background fabric which pieces are for the frame around the block, and the rest is use for FPP and are generalities to be used as a guide.
From the background fabric, cut:
(1) 2″ x WOF strip subcut into:
(2) 2″ x 8″ for frame
(2) 2″ x 10″ for frame
(1) 3″ x WOF strip
(5) 1 1/2″ x WOF strip
From the web fabric, cut:
(10) 1 1/4″ x WOF strips
Waiting Web Block Assembly
Print 1 copy of the pattern for the block. Measure the 1″ square to ensure the page printed the correct size.
To brush up on your FPP skills, click here.
Supplies & Setup
Because of the small pieces this week, a few supplies and a handy setup are strongly recommended.
A small cutting mat, rotary cutter and small ruler, scissors, and glue stick are strongly encouraged.
To streamline the sewing, set the cutting area up as close to the sewing machine as you can.
Assemble the sections starting with section A and following the pattern in numerical order. Use the strips, subcutting them into usable lengths. Because of the small pieces, repeated pressing risks scorching the fabric. Instead, use glue as shown below!
Use a water soluble fabric glue pen to adhere the A1 piece to the paper pattern. Place the web piece over the background piece, right sides together.
Sew on the marked line with a short stitch length (1.8 or lower). Try starting the seam where the small web lines meet the long web line on the side, take a stay stitch and sew through the seam allowance on the other side for a stable seam.
Sewing through the seam allowance on the side without a long web piece helps stabilize the fabrics.
Fold back the paper and trim a 1/4″ seam allowance.
If the strip has a lot of excess hanging off the edge, fold the piece right side up and trim with a pair of scissors.
Using the glue stick, run a line of glue in the seam allowance.
Run the glue the entire length, even where it is not sewn.
Fold the fabric over the glued seam allowance and finger press into the glue to set the seam. Allow to dry.
Continue sewing the pieces onto the section as described above to complete the sections. Press the section once at the end before trimming. Trim the sections.
Taking the paper off before joining the sections is recommended for this block just because the paper pieces are so small and the section shapes are fairly uniform. Use your best judgment.
FPP Block Assembly
Following the assembly guide (last page of the FPP pattern), lay the block out using the sections.
Assemble the sections in quadrants by sewing A/B/C/D into a square, E/F/G/H into a square, I/J/K/L into a square, and M/N/O/P into a square.
Sew the squares into pairs and the pairs together to complete the Waiting Web FPP block.
Adding the Frame
Sew the background 2″ x 8″ strips to the left and right side of the FPP block as shown below. Trim even to the edges of the center.
Repeat with the background 2″ x 10″ strip on the top and bottom.
Use a ruler and a marking tool like a chaco liner to measure the FPP block and from the FPP center through the frame and mark.
Use a ruler and measure 4 3/4″ from the marked center line, and trim with a rotary cutter. Turn the block and measure 9 1/2″ from the trimmed edge, and then trim. Repeat this for the top and bottom of the block to create an evenly trimmed 9 1/2″ square block. Watch the video below to see this method in action.
Check back next week when we’ll make the cat block. Until then, join us in the AQS Project Parade Facebook Group, ask questions, share your progress and piece along with us!