Night Vision Block

by JOANN |

Item # 42337495P603
Intermediate 3-5 Hours

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • Rotary Cutter
  • 18"x 24" Cutting Mat
  • 6"x 24" Ruler
  • 12 1/2" Square Ruler
  • Basic Sewing Supplies
  • 1/2yd Fabric, White or Beige
  • 1/4yd Fabric, Sketched Floral (Large print over light background)
  • 1/2yd Fabric, Medium Blue
  • 1/3yd Fabric, Navy
  • Pencil or Erasable Pen
  • Iron & Ironing Board

DIRECTIONS:

FABRIC KEY:
  • BKGD (background) is white or beige fabric
  • A1 is sketched floral fabric
  • A4 is Medium Blue fabric
  • A6 is Navy Fabric

  1. NIGHT VISION BLOCK CUTTING CHART:
    • All strips will be cut across fabric width (selvage to selvage) making strip length 42-44".
    • Strips will be sub-cut to squares or rectangles as indicated.

    • LABEL TWO BAGS AS FOLLOWS:
      • 1. Night Vision Bag
      • 2. Border Piece Bag
      • Place pieces in corresponding bags to help keep project organized.

    • BACKGROUND FABRIC (BKGD) WHITE OR BEIGE:
      • Cut one 5 7/8" strip.
      • Sub-cut six 5 7/8" squares (Night Vision bag).
      • Cut one 6 1/4" strip.
      • Sub-cut three 6 1/4" squares (Night Vision bag).
      • Cut one 3" strip.
      • Sub-cut six 3" x 5 1/2" rectangles (Border piece bag).

    • FABRIC A1 LARGE PRINT ON LIGHT BACKGROUND:
      • Cut one 5 1/2" strip.
      • Sub-cut three 5 1/2" squares (Night Vision Bag).

    • FABRIC A4 MEDIUM BLUE:
      • Cut one 11 1/4" strip.
      • Sub-cut three 11 1/4" squares (Night Vision Bag).
      • Cut six 3" squares from left over 11 1/4" strip (Border Piece Bag).

    • FABRIC A6 NAVY BLUE:
      • Cut one 6 1/4" strip.
      • Sub-cut three 6 1/4" squares (Night Vision Bag).
      • Cut two 3" squares from left over 6 1/4" strip (Border Piece Bag).

  2. CUTTING SQUARES IN HALF:
    • Use pieces from the Night Vision Bag. Double check the square size before cutting triangles.
    • Place one of the six 5 7/8" BKGD Fabric squares on the cutting mat (ignoring the grid lines on the mat for a better view of fabric).
    • Position the right edge of the ruler with corners lined up perfectly against the edge of the ruler.
    • Use a rotary cutter to cut along the edge of the ruler.
    • This will make two half cut triangles.
    • Diagram 1 Diagram 2 Diagram 3
    • Put aside and continue cutting the remaining five 5 7/8" BKGD Fabric squares to make a total of 12 half cut triangles.
    • Place triangles in the Night Vision Bag.

  3. CUTTING SQUARES IN QUARTERS:
    • Use pieces from the Night Vision Bag.
    • Double check the square size before cutting triangles.
    • Place one of the three 6 1/4" BKGD Fabric squares on the cutting mat in the same manner as when cutting the half triangle squares and carefully cut in half diagonally. Leave triangles in place.
    • Turn cutting mat 90 and position the ruler to cut down the center of the two triangles in place. Use a rotary cutter to cut along the edge of the ruler. This will make four quarter cut triangles.
    • Diagram 4 Diagram 5 Diagram 6 Diagram 7
    • Put aside and continue cutting the remaining two BKGD Fabric squares to make a total of 12 quarter cut triangles. Place triangles in the Night Vision Bag.
    • Cut the three 6 1/4" Fabric A6 squares in the same manner to make a total of twelve quarter cut triangles.
    • Cut the three 11 1/4" Fabric A4 squares in the same manner to make a total of twelve quarter cut triangles.
    • Once all cutting is completed you should have twelve medium sized BKGD Fabric triangles, twelve small BKGD Fabric and Fabric A6 triangles, and twelve large Fabric A4 triangles. Place all triangles in Night Vision Bag.
    • Diagram 8 Diagram 9

  4. SEWING QUARTER CUT TRIANGLE UNITS:
    • Use small BKGD Fabric and Fabric A6 triangles from the Night Vision Bag.
    • Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance until Flying Geese Borders section.
    • Sew across a fabric leader (a small piece of fabric folded in half once), without clipping so the leader will be connected to the pieces to be sewn next by the threads. This will keep corners from bunching.
    • Once the leader is sewn across, position the triangles under the presser foot with the right edge of the fabric lined up with the right edge of the presser foot and sew a 1/4" seam allowance. Do not sew over pins.
    • When you get to the last pin, stop sewing, hold corners in place with stitch ripper or stiletto.
    • Remove pin and sew to the end. This will help to keep corners together.
    • Continue sewing the remaining triangle pieces together one right another without clipping threads in between.
    • Make twelve BKGD/Fabric A6 pairs.
    • Pin the short sides of the triangles together (RST).
    • Sew triangles together and press seam allowances toward BKGD Fabric and trim tips.
    • This will make 12 BKGD/Fabric A6 units.
    • Diagram 10 Diagram 11 Diagram 12 Diagram 13

  5. SEWING FANCY FLYING GEESE UNITS:
    • Use remaining triangles and units from Night Vision Bag.
    • Pair the medium sized BKGD Fabric triangles to the large Fabric A4 triangles.
    • Line up the triangles with short side of the A4 against the long side of BKGD Fabric triangles with top points lined up. Pin and sew (RST).
    • Press seam allowances toward Fabric A4 but do not trim off tips yet.
    • Sew a total of twelve.
    • Diagram 14 Diagram 15 Diagram 16
    • Pair the units just sewn with the 12 BKGD/Fabric A6 units.
    • Line up the units with short side of the A4 against the long side of BKGD/Fabric A6 units with bottom points lined up. Pin and sew (RST).
    • Press seam allowance toward BKGD/A6 unit and trim tips.
    • Sew a total of twelve Fancy Flying Geese units.
    • Diagram 17 Diagram 18 Diagram 19

  6. SEWING A NIGHT VISION BLOCK:
    • Pair a Fancy Flying Geese unit with a 5 1/2" Fabric A1 square. The selvage (stiff) edge of the Fabric A2 square should line up with the short edge of the Fancy Flying Geese unit. This will help pieces to line up better when finishing the block.
    • Pin and sew (RST) halfway down the Fabric A1 square and back stitch to secure seam.
    • Press the half-sewn seam allowance toward the Fancy Flying Geese unit.
    • Diagram 20 Diagram 21
    • Photo shows where the second Fancy Flying Geese unit will be added.
    • Note: When sewing the units together, it's best to pin with the Fancy Flying Geese unit underneath the Fabric A1 square unit since the Fancy Flying Geese unit will be the stretchier of the two units.
    • Pin from top to bottom, easing if necessary.
    • Press seam allowances away from the Fabric A1 square.
    • Pin and sew the remaining units in order as shown. Continue to press all seam allowances away from the Fabric A1 square.
    • Sew the last seam from where the partial seam was backstitched to the end of the block.
    • Diagram 22
    • Sew two more Night Vision blocks in the same manner for a total of three blocks.

  7. SEW THE FLYING GEESE BORDERS:
    • Use Fabric A4 and A6 squares and BKGD Fabric rectangles from the Pieced Border Bag.
    • Gather the six 3" x 5 1/2" BKGD Fabric rectangles, six 3" Fabric A4 squares, and two 3" Fabric A6 squares.
    • Use a sharp pencil or erasable pen to draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of each of the Fabric A4 and Fabric A6 squares. The right edge of the ruler should be positioned right up against the ruled line on the mat (not over the line).
    • Diagram 23
    • Pin a marked Fabric A6 square on the left side of a BKGD Fabric rectangle (RST).
    • Carefully sew right up against the line, with needle touching the edge of the line. Use a zig-zag or open toe presser foot to get a clear view of the drawn line. The stitch line (or seam) should be towards the outside of the square. This will help keep the corners lined up when fabric is folder over the seam in the next step.
    • Check to see that the corner edges line up by folding the Fabric A6 corner towards the seam so that the corner of BKGD Fabric rectangle is exposed. Fold the opposite corner of the Fabric A6 square over and finger press in place. If the Fabric A6 and BKGD Fabric corners do not line up on the front and the back or if they are more than just slightly off, you may want to re-sew.
    • Once corners have been checked, carefully trim 1/4" away from the seam.Use an iron to press seam allowances open.
    • Diagram 24 Diagram 25
    • Place a marked Fabric A4 square on the opposite corner of the BKGD Fabric rectangle (RST). Pin and sew in the same manner.
    • Check to see that corners line up. If so, trim and press seam allowances open.
    • Sew another matching unit to make a total of two.
    • Repeat the technique to make two One-Wing Flying Geese units with a Fabric A4 square sewn on the right edge of a rectangle and two opposite One-Wing Flying Geese units with a Fabric A4 square sewn on the left edge of a rectangle.
    • Press seam allowances open on each unit.
    • Diagram 26 Diagram 27
    • Sew two matching rows with seam allowances pressed in the direction shown below.
    • Replace zig-zag presser foot with 1/4" presser foot for the remainder of the project.
    • Diagram 28

  8. SEW A ROW OF NIGHT VISION BLOCKS:
    • Pin and sew blocks and borders together.
    • Press seam allowances towards blocks 1 and 3.
    • Diagram 29 Diagram 30

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