Friday, June 22, 2012

Rolling Stone Tutorial

The artist of Lillian's Stitches can now be found at Walking With Feathers.

At long last, my month approaches for the Orange You Glad Bee! After much contemplation, I've settled on the Rolling Stone block.

First, credit where it's due. The interwebs have no lack of Rolling Stone block tutorials. So why am I reinventing the wheel? Well, I wanted to avoid paper piecing, mostly (though if you like it, check here or here). Also, the video tutorial has some discrepancies with the way measurements are communicated, and furthermore, not everyone wants to watch a quilting video.

Thus, I bring you MY version of the Rolling Stone! 

Good for gathering no moss and roosting angels.

You will need:

16 2.5 inch squares of background fabric (grey)
4 4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangles of background fabric (grey)
4 4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangles of focus fabric (orange)
5 4.5 inch squares of focus fabric (orange)
marking pencil or hera

Start by matching each background rectangle with a focus fabric rectangle. Stitch 1/4 inch seam along one 4.5 inch side. Press seams open.

With your marking pencil, draw a diagonal line across the center of each 2.5 inch square. Align 1 of these with a corner of 1 of the 4.5 inch squares. Stitch along these marked lines. Repeat with 3 other 4.5 inch squares.

Press along the stitched line, flipping the background fabric up so it aligns with your original square.

Trim off the excess background fabric and focus fabric, leaving about 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Repeat with 4 more background squares, sewing onto the corners across from the initial corners.

Repeat with remaining 8 background squares. The photo above demonstrates the order in which you attach your 2.5 inch squares (clockwise from top left). Once all 4 background squares are attached, precision dictates to be sure your piece is still 4.5 inches square. (Clearly, some of mine are not, but clearly, I care not.)

Lay out your pieces so the background fabrics form a "ring" around your remaining 4.5 inch square.

Stitch rows using a 1/4 inch seam. Press top and bottom row seams towards center, and press middle row seams away from center. This will help "lock" your block and make it easier to keep your corners aligned.

Stitch top to middle to bottom using 1/4 inch seams, then press these seams open.

Hopefully you can tell by these blocks that (a) I am no stickler for perfection and (b) the center square is a great place to demonstrate my off-beat humor ;-) If you have questions, let me know! Thanks OYG ladies, and enjoy!


Staci said...

Oh, I have been so curious to see what we'll be making for you! Yay! I've never made this block before, so it will be a fun adventure.
Can't wait for my squishy to arrive!

Beezus said...

So glad you posted this. I have wanted to make a quilt out of these blocks for quite some time but didn't know what they were called. ;) Now I have two options, paper-piecing (ahem), or NOT! Guess which one I'll choose!