Parallel and Perpendicular

I was raring to go!  I finished another 4 blocks of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”, which meant I was ready to stitch together another row!  But first I had to add the embroidery to the schooner.

Before the embroidery…

schooner 1

…and after the embroidery!

schooner 2

Once all the ropes were stitched in place, I started to “square up” my blocks.  When I say “square up” I mean any straight lines are running parallel and perpendicular to the edges of the block.  Here are a few (hopefully!) helpful hints…

First of all, if you have ever wallpapered, you know that before you start, you have to use a plumb line to make sure you begin with a straight line.  The same holds true for squaring-up a block.  First you have to find a straight line somewhere in the block.  It sounds easy, but there are no straight lines on this block!

block 1

So…using the schooner block as an example…here are my thoughts!

Luckily, there are some pretty obvious straight lines in this block.  The masts!  So, I want the masts to be parallel to the edge of the block.

trim 1

Next,  I placed my window template on the block.  You can read more about that here.

So, I measured the distance from the bottom of the mast to the template.

trim 2

Then I measured the distance from the top of the mast to the template.  Both of those measurements need to be the same!

trim 3

Then, I took my 6″ ruler and made sure that there was an equal distance from the applique to the template on both sides..

trim 4

trim 6

…and top and bottom.

trim 8

trim 7

When I was sure the block was square and centered..(and I mean really sure!)  I marked  along the inside of the template with a marking pen and then I cut on the line with my rotary cutter and ruler.  Easy peasy!

So, once the blocks were trimmed, I started to sew the row together.

rows 1

And, finally, 3 rows sewn together!

rows 2

Til next time…