As promised here is how I am piecing the suspension bridge blocks.
Before I describe how I am doing it I need to explain why. I hate paper piecing…..I just hate it! I know that it has become very popular, and I know that it is a very accurate way to piece, but I still hate it. It is just no fun at all for me…printing patterns, folding and pressing, trimming and pressing, and folding …….working from the back….having paper to remove…..I guess I am way to lazy to go through all the trouble, and I can live with the imperfections to keep it fun. Having said all that here is the process.
Start by cutting 2 colors of fabric into strips, for the size of my blocks the strips are cut 2.5″
Sew them together and press the seams to the dark fabric
here is the template I use to mark the pieces
here they are marked to cut…I need to cut 28 of them for one block
cut them out
sew them together in groups of 7
press them and group your pieces together
sew the arcs to the corners…lots of pins helps
pin carefully so they come out even…I stat by placing a pin in the center and then the 2 ends and then work out from the center to the ends….
sew the 4 corners and press.
Next sew the center square to the center pieces….in this case the center square is 6 1/4″
Next sew the corners to the center…just like before lots of pins helps
So there it is finished, easy sewing and I didn’t drive myself crazy, and did NOT need to paper piece. It still needs a good pressing…next time I will do a post about how I will do the sashing….it will be something like this
I might make those cornerstones into stars