June 10, 2018

Star Spangled Picnic Tutorial Part 2

Welcome back to the Star Spangled Picnic block Tutorial!

Part 2:  The Flag Bird.  
If you missed Part #1...click on the Watermelon Section
I used scraps to make this block... the background requires about an 1/8th yard cut, or make it scrappy too!

The Leg Section 
Cut all the background fabrics as shown above and cut the gold legs each to 1-1/4" x 4".  
Sew the legs to the 1" x 4" background piece.  Press towards the legs.

 I over-sized the width and the length of the leg unit so it can trimmed down for more accurate piecing.  Place a 3/4" ruler mark along the seam and trim a 1/4" off each side of the leg fabric.    

Trim the length of the leg unit to 3-1/2".   The completed leg unit will measure 2" x 3-1/2".

Sew the remaining background rectangles to each side of the leg unit.  Press towards the legs.  I like the seams to give the legs a bit of fullness.   
The leg segment will be shorter than the watermelon section.  Set leg segment aside.  

The Beak Section
Using (2) 3" squares of background and gold, create a half square triangle and trim it to 2-1/2".  Sew the bottom background 2-1/2" square to create the beak section.  Set aside.

The Flag Section  
Red:  Cut (2) 1-1/4" x 6-1/2"
          Cut (1) 1" x 9"
          Cut (1) 1-1/4" x 9"
White:  Cut (1) 1" x 6-1/2"
             Cut (1) 1-1/4 x 8-1/2" 
             Cut (1) 1" x 9"
             Cut (1) 1-1/4 x 9"
Blue:  Cut (1) 2" x 3"
Background:  Cut (3) 2-1/2" squares
                       Cut (2) 1-1/2" x 7-1/2"

Sew both red 1-1/4" x 6-1/2" strips to the white 1" x 6-1/2" strip.  Press towards the reds.  Place the 3/4" ruler mark on the seam and trip 1/4" off both sides of the upper flag unit.  Trim the top edge.

Sew the blue 'field' fabric to the straightened red and white edge.  Press towards the blue. Trim this unit to 8-1/2" long.  
Sew the white 1-1/4" x 8-1/2" strip to the bottom of the red, white and blue unit.  Press away from the white.
  **I finger press to determine the center of the white strip, then pin to the center of the red, white and blue unit.  Then place pins on both ends.  This keeps the upper flag section 'square'.

Place the 3/4" ruler mark on the seam and trim 1/4" off the white fabric.  My ruler looks like it has shifted a bit!  But most importantly, before you trim the white fabric strip...make sure your upper flag unit will measure 2-1/2" x 8-1/2".

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 2-1/2" background square.  Place right sides together as shown above.  Stitch on the line; trim, flip and press to create a corner triangle. Set aside.

To create the lower flag unit: 
Sew the white and red 1" x 9" strips together.  Add the 1-1/4" x 9" red strip to the top and the 1-1/4" x 9" white strip at the bottom.  Press towards the red.  Lining up the 3/4" ruler mark on the seams, trim a 1/4" off on each side, just like in the previous strip sets above. It should measure, 2-1/2" wide.  Trim the length of the strip section to 8-1/2".
Create corner triangles on both ends, using the background 2-1/2" squares.  Press, trim and flip.

I opted to press the corner triangle seams away from the strips to create less bulk.  You can open them up if you like. 
Sew the upper and lower flag units together matching seams. 
Add the Beak section last.
In Part 1 I shared a new product called Seam Align for matching seams.  If you don't have this product, you can also run a basting stitch through the seams first to make sure they line up nicely.   Easier to pull out a basting stitch then a regular one!

Sew the Leg Section to the bird body, matching the leg seam.  
I would recommend finger pressing both sections to find the center and pin, then match the leg seams and the ends.

Complete the Flag Bird by adding the 1-1/2" x 7-1/2" background rectangles to each side.  Press towards the rectangles.

See arrows in photo below for matching seams and sew your Watermelon and Flag Bird Sections together!

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and maybe even learned a tip or two while making your Star Spangled Picnic block! 
 I plan on leaving this tutorial up on my blog through July 4th and then will turn it into a pattern.  Enjoy!!

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Just in!  Susan from Henny Penny posted her finished Star Spangled Picnic block on Facebook!  Her border measurements are shared below.
Susan added a bottom and top border...which is not shown in my instructions.  I'm working on a pattern and not sure exactly what i'm doing yet...its a mental pattern right now! Lol   
But this block sure is great just by itself!  
Add a 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" strip to the top and bottom for a finished piece!   Thanks so much for the 'share' Susan!

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  1. This is so cute! I can't decide if I want to make a pillow or wall hanging...maybe both! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is just adorable--I love it--I am tiny piece challenged but may HAVE to make this one...thanks for sharing your great little quilt...hugs, Julierose

  3. Karen, I'm loving this block. Thanks for sharing the tut with all of us. BTW, I am in a Facebook group that enjoys all things 'quilty'. Do you want me to share the link to your tutorial? I don't have a blog. I'll wait to hear from you... flmeyers at Im On Mail dot com (no spaces)

  4. Gracias por compartir este bellísimo bloque. Te felicito por tu creatividad. Excelente explicación. Recibe un fuerte abrazo desde Venezuela.

  5. Thanks for sharing this cute pattern!💛



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