If you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram last week, you saw the blocks I have been working on for the last few weeks.
I made 36 of these! The block has 4 black pieces I call the spokes that are made with the stitch and flip method. It’s also referred to as folded corners. The key to success in making these units it to maintain the size and shape of the original piece you are adding the stitch and flip corners to.
You can do stitch and flip on anything that has a 90 degree angle like a square or a rectangle. I was working with black squares here so the following photos will show that.
I started with a 2 1/2″ black square and a tan 1 1/2″ square. Draw a line on the wrong side of the tan square as a guide for stitching:
Next, lay the small square face down and line up its edges with the edges of the bigger black square as shown. I like to pin it in place for stitching so the small square does not shift. Then I stitch on the line.
Now comes the important part. Do not cut off the excess fabric in the seam allowance yet. I like to finger press the small square open and measure the unit to make sure it still measures 2 1/2″.
It still measures correctly! So now I can trim off the excess fabric in the seam allowance and take the unit to the iron for pressing.
You can repeat this step as many times as needed. For my “spoke” I only have a stitch and flip corner on two sides. You can also do this on all for sides or only on opposite sides to make different types of units.
After I’ve measured the finger pressed unit above, I then trim the excess, press the unit and make a final measurement.
Finally, press these and other stitch and flip units carefully. Do not iron! These seams are on the bias and if you iron instead of pressing you can stretch the unit out of shape. Here’s my pressing mini video I did last year:
That’s all there is to it! My blog drawing continues through this week. Share your thoughts on stitch and flip or other interesting techniques in the comments below and be entered in the drawing for a copy of my book!
The drawing will be next Monday, January 27th.