Road to Brenham #9

Today’s instructions are another example of lots of words and pictures but it isn’t as difficult as it may seem at first glance. Please take one step at a time and you’ll be grinning when you realize how easy this is.

Fabric 1:
8 – 3-1/2″ squares
8 – 4-3/4″ x 5″ rectangles

Fabric 4:
8 – 3-7/8″ squares.  Cut on the diagonal once to yield 16 triangles.

For all the steps below, you will be making everything in groups of 8.

Step 1:

Fold the Fabric 1 rectangles in half lengthwise (it’s very close to being a square so be sure you’re folding lengthwise – so that the fold goes from the top to the bottom of the 5″ length).  Align the 45 degree line along the fold line (left side in the photo below.)  It doesn’t matter if you have right or wrong sides out.

Cutting Angle

Cutting Angle

Cut along the top line to create a point.

Cutting Angle

Cutting Angle

Step 2:

Align a Fabric 4 triangle on top of the point of the Fabric 8 rectangle and sew along the top right s shown.

Adding Fabric 4 Triangle

Adding Fabric 4 Triangle

Sew a Fabric 4 triangle to one side of a Fabric 1 square.

Triangle to Square

Triangle to Square

Press the seam allowances towards Fabric 4.

Step 3:

Align the pieces so that the seams meet and butt up to each other and sew these units together.  There will be 8 of them.  Press the seam allowance away from the unit with the Fabric 1 square.

Joining the Pieces

Joining the Pieces

Step 4:

Attach the side units to the center unit.  Make sure your seams meet up but don’t worry that the Fabric 1 rectangle rectangle is a bit longer.  We’ll trim that once these side pieces are added.

Attaching Sides to Center

Attaching Sides to Center

Pay careful attention so those points all match up.  It’s really easy if you just take a little time and pin.  Press the seam allowances toward the outside (triangles).

Sides to Center

Sides to Center

The bottom of your Fabric 1 rectangle probably needs trimming.  Trim it off even with the side pieces.

Trim the Bottom

Trim the Bottom

Step 5:

Attach the piece from the previous instructions to complete the side setting triangles.

Side Setting Triangles

Side Setting Triangles