Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Potholder #1 - Squares -

For the first block/potholder - 
Take 4 strips 2" wide by at least 8-1/2" long - 

Layer them on top of each other - right sides up - 
Four layers deep - 
Using the LEFT-EZE Rule™

Line up your strip on your cutting mat - 

And - starting at the RIGHT end of the strip - 
Turn the ruler on its side - 

And trim the end to make it straight -  

Then line up the 2" line at the cut edge of the strip - 
NOTE - The 2-1/2" line is the one between the 2 and the 3 - LOL - 
I didn't "label" it because I didn't want to garbage up the design - 
And I figured you guys were smart enough to figure it out -

Make sure the line is ON THE FABRIC - not on the mat - 

Cut straight UP the left side of the ruler -

And slide the ruler to the LEFT - 

Then cut the other 3 squares -

You should have 16 squares - for a 16-patch - LOL - 

And you can lay them out any way you want - 

I chose this layout for mine -
The GREEN STRIPE ones go in different directions - 
Because the potholder will be on the DIAGONAL - 
When it is hung - 
And I wanted it to look like this when it is finished - 

Sew the squares into rows - 

And press alternate rows in different directions - 
I flipped my rows over - 
And pressed the top and third rows to the RIGHT - 
And the second and bottom rows to the LEFT - 

Sew the rows together - 
Nesting the seams - 
And press it - 

It should measure 6-1/2" square -
It will be bigger when I add borders to two sides - 
I'll show you that part - 
And the rest of it - 
After I show you how to cut HST and QST - 
For now - I put mine up on the design wall -
And have more strips on a cookie sheet - 
Ready to go -
Tomorrow I'll show you how to use the LEFT-EZE Rule™

To cut HST - Half-Square Triangles - ;))
If you'd like to make several potholders at a time - 
You might like this post - HERE - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


Gene Black said...

I think I could figure out that the line halfway between 2 and 3 is 2 1/2..... If anyone has problems with that - the person is the problem, not the ruler.

Barbara said...

I skipped any sentences with numbers. Lol! Love the result though!

Jeanna said...

Those are pretty fabrics you are using. The potholder may be too nice to use LOL.


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