Alaska BOM

Alaska

We Meet the first Saturday of the Month at 9 am.    This program will begin on April 6 2019 and run for six meetings.   The monthly charge is $25.00 which includes the pattern, fabric, and monthly handouts.     The program is nearly full,   I have room for one more who will do one of the alternate colorways shown below.

At the meeting we will distribute materials, you will see demos and closeups on samples, and then you will be free to leave and sew at home if desired.    If you need help, or would prefer you can stay and sew at the Shoppe for the remainder of the day.     You are also encouraged to take advantage of our Work in Progress Wednesdays to get your blocks done.   We expect for you to keep up with the program, but if you can’t make a meeting or fall behind on sewing let us know and we can make accommodations.

You will need either the template set for this pattern ($25.00 while supplies last) or a Kaleidoscope Ruler ($13.69) and you will want a square ruler that is at least 9 ½ inches.

As with any large project that covers several months, a bit of organizing is worthwhile.   My personal favorite way to do this is with a small loose-leaf notebook and page protectors.    It will hold the pattern, finished blocks, scraps of fabric, additional notes and even the ruler/templates.   Blue painters’ tape and post it notes are good ways to label blocks without damaging them or having lots of pins that might stick you.    I also find that having a piece of neutral colored felt or batting about a foot square is helpful while sewing to lay out the pieces in the correct spots.

As designed the finish is 71 ½ inches square.

For April we are working Blocks # 1 & 3, using template shapes C & D

Alaska  1  3Note that the piecing is the same but the fabrics are in different places.  Also notice that the wide ends of the darker wedges are 1/4 inch from the raw edge.   This allows for perfect points when the blocks are pieced together.

Spiral seam intersection,  Alaska 1Look carefully at the center intersection from the back,   The seams are spiraled and you will do this with every block.   All the wedge seams in each block need to be going the same direction.      Refer to the notes handed out in class for detailed instructions on how to achieve this most easily.

Our May meeting is on Saturday the 4th.    That is also Star Wars Day.  If you want to do something fun feel free.

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