Many of our favourite blocks are the ones where the basic square is completely covered
by Step 2. In fact, just a little bit ago, I was helping my Mom make Night & Day,
and she was having considerable trouble getting the centre points to meet properly.
With a bit of “unsewing”, we managed to get things right, but, while I was mulling
it over later on, I came up with a way to make it easier for quilters without a tutor
in the family.
For Blocks like these...
Night & Day
Wild Geese Variation
Old Maid’s Puzzle
Birds in the Air
Try this simple trick:
For Step 2 squares,cut
4 3/8” squares instead of
4 1/2”. By cutting these squares just 1/8” smaller, your points will meet in the
centre and the raw edges will stay inside the basic square, making it easier to see
that the pieces remain in place as you sew.
Dutch City is on the list because, like the others, its Step 2 pieces butt against
each other. So instead of
3 3/4” x 4 1/2” rectangles,
cut 3 3/4” x 4 3/8”.
(Note that any patterns we print after May 2011 will have been adjusted accordingly.)