Marny and I are following up our Picnic with tutorials that will be helpful, just in case you run into a snag. A couple of issues have arisen with the Condiments block so I'll fast forward (and then we'll return in order of appearance). These are issues that I did not incur while designing or testing so trying to recreate the challenge is challenging.
It would be good to run a test of this section of the block before proceeding with the entire block. Seam allowances, cutting and pressing practices could make a difference in how these intersections match up.
|Cut and layout three box portions as illustrated.|
When cutting the angles and sizes, pay close attention to the measurements. I found that when I established my angle and added the second ruler to the left side (to allow cutting from the right) , I added a very small amount to that measurement. The reverse could also occur with subtracting just a fraction of an inch. Just be aware.
I've arranged the "cuts" according to the directions, keeping in mind that these come from two different strip set widths. Follow the measurements carefully using the appropriate techniques illustrated in the book. This is just a section of the total block. The issue of matching comes into play when the blocks are staggered.
It's the staggered edge ( here in the center) that is the challenge. Once these fit together, the other sides will sew into place as the match will be more obvious ( triangle to triangle, lid to lid, box to box). You will only need to sew these two strips to test out the fit.
|Sew these pieces together as described in the directions,|
maintaining the points and pressing open.
|The pin on the right lines up directly under the matched intersection.|
The pin on the left is short of the goal so we are going to punt.
|Trim the piece the determined measurement (in this case, 1/4" ).|
Resew the pieces together, press gently and place right sides together to check for alignment.
|The bottom strip is below to show the match.|
Hope this helps if you run into this challenge. Thanks to Susie and Beth for bringing it to my attention. Please, please, let us know if you have issues as we want to make the process a fun one....we all need our hair!
Here's to spring!