Here are my finished hourglass blocks. I completed them late Friday morning.
I promised myself I’d have them done before I read the next clue. That was tough as I knew the clue HAD to be up already! I love how the blocks turned out. I can’t sing the praises of Inklingo digital templates enough on how easy they made the blocks come together perfectly–no blood, no sweat, no tears. Just perfectly sized blocks with perfectly matched points… sigh…
I wanted to share a technique from garment sewing that I use to make my string blocks lie flatter, be smoother and be more flexible–grading seams.
Note: If you are unfamiliar with how grading seams is used in garment sewing, you can do a web search and find many tutorials. Basically it involves trimming one fabric in the seam allowance shorter than the other. When pressed, the edge of the fabrics do not lie in the same place so the transition is smoother–t’ain’t no big lump next to the seam! Sounds like too much work to many, but it REALLY makes a big difference in the finished project.
Grading a seam is done after the fact in garment sewing. With string blocks, I do it as I am constructing the block. I stagger the new string I’m sewing about 1/16th of an inch to the left from the edge of the previous string edge, then stitch.
Then press as usual.
Another thing I do differently than many others when string piecing is to use the smallest sewing needle possible for the thread I’m using (with 1.5 stitch length). Think micro perforations. I do use a slightly lighter weight thread too. In my experience, it all holds up the same.
Off to sew more of these small string blocks. I do like the small size of these.
’til later, Jillian