Saturday, September 21, 2013

Game board pattern 2

Hope your weekend is going well and your getting some sewing/quilting time in.
I have been very busy this week with work but have managed to get the next installment of the game boards small quilt patterns ready for you. I started working on it today and have a partial tutorial for you.

Here is the picture of this game board. 

This one is 24 x 24 inches (roughly) when finished. The blocks finish at 7.25 inches each. This is another one that you can alter and use up some scraps. I designed the pattern in blue but once I got looking at my scraps, I decided to go a different color version.

We will be working on the inner block first. For this you need to find some scraps that you can cut to 1.25 inches wide by 6 inches long. Longer if you want to make more pieces at time. As you can see in the picture below, I have used oranges, yellows and beige, white for my block.

Sew alternate rows of a lighter and darker shade of the color you have picked to use for your block. Each section will be ,75 inches wide by width of fabric scrap that you have used. Cut these down to make sections that are 3 inches by 8 inches. You will need 2 of the ones pictured below and also another one that is alternate with your 2nd color choice and 3 rows of white, 3 rows 2nd color, 3 rows of white.

This is what the block will look like when sewn together using 1/4 inch seam allowance.  You need to make 4 of these blocks. Also, add a strip of a darker material to the top of these blocks. Here you can alter if your strips aren't exactly the right size. The block unfinished should measure 8 inches by 8 inches.

  I forgot to take the picture before I moved on to the next step in the pattern here but you can see that I have added a dark strip to the top of the block here.

Next we need to cut a neutral color for the corner blocks. They should measure 8 x 8 inches and you need 5 of them as you will be using this also in the centre of the board. I have cut out one of the corners. (see pattern picture above)  

I measured 1.5 inches up from the bottom corner point on each side of the square and cut a 2.25 by 2.25 square, cut in half and added it in the corner.

You can see on the picture above this one how it fits onto the middle block. 

This is as far as I got today but I will continue with the tutorial for you tomorrow. 
The stars will be centred on each of the corner squares. The pdf pattern is here for you to download.

You will have to make 2 as they are in the pdf file and 2 that are reversed. 
Make another set for the bottom of the pattern, same as above and I will be posting the centre section hopefully tomorrow for you. Of course, that depends on the internet connection here, (which really sucks)

Have a great rest of the day....