Block: 12 1/2"x 12 1/2"
(finished size 12"x 12" square once sewn into the quilt)
all seams 1/4", all seams ironed open
(If your scrap selection is not that extensive, you can repeat the same body twice and place them so that they are not directly next to one another within the block.)
|Layout in desired order|
Pull just the A blocks and place them FACE UP on the cutting board. Using the cutting board lines, locate from the corner 1 1/2" and 3 1/2" to position your Ruler for the first cut and then the second cut as shown with the arrows.
|First Cut A stack FACE UP|
|Second Cut A stack FACE UP|
|Second cut B stack (FACE DOWN)|
that all the rectangles in stack A are Right-Side-Up & stack B are Right-Side-Down. This will result in the necessary mirror image & correct orientation.
|Cutting the TIPS|
|four 4" squares for TIPS|
NOTE: the tips are easily mistaken for one another so pay attention to be sure they are correct before attaching to the body A & B.
|pre-sew Mock Up - it should look like this|
|Flip Right Sides Together to sew|
|Sew TIPS 1/4" seam to the BODY|
Chain piecing is great, however...if it's your first time with this technique... it may be a good idea to make the first block all the way from start to trim to be sure the tip placement is on target.
I attached all tips to one side (took a picture of it on the design wall to show you-see below), snipped them apart and chain stitched the other side.
|TIPS attached to the first set|
|Four A & Four B with TIPS sewn on|
|Blocks with seams open ready to trim|
Iron all seams open
It's OK that the tips look crooked and the blocks are askew. They will not be shaped like true rectangles at this stage but as long as the width can be trimmed to 3 1/2" and the height 6 1/2" you're good.
Notice in the picture below that I've positioned the ruler to trim the right hand side but am also checking to be sure there is fabric under the 3 1/2" line of the ruler on the left hand side.
TRIM TIME: a 6 1/2" ruler is ideal, but any will work.
Trim each block to 3 1/2"x 6 1/2" by cutting about the same amount off all four sides. Doing so helps the TIPS remain a similar size.
|One 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" square Tassels Block Complete|
This is my very first time to write a tutorial so please let me know immediately if you see any errors or have any questions. Thanks so much ! Karen
Update: the lovely ladies of Friends+Fabric=A Modern Stash Bee (F+F=AMS) created blocks for me and I sewed them together along with a few more that I made. It was the perfect project for our first annual Modern Quilt Retreat.
|Tassels top finished at our MQG Retreat Nov 2012|
|Completed Quilt February 2013|
|Close Up of Finished Tassels|
|Back of Tassels|