Kansas Dugout Quilt Block and Y Seam Tutorial
I just love this little guy. Such an amazing little piece. The 1/4″ presser foot with guide.
Each is spaced exactly 1/4″ apart. Hmmm…..
In Monday’s post, which you can read here, I promised to share my secret on how I pieced the Kansas Dugout blocks without marking the seam lines.
This tutorial will show you just how I made those blocks.
*I will explain the reason at the end of the tutorial.*
I am NOT saying this way of making the Kansas Dugout block is the right way or the better way. But it is my way.
And it is an easy way. Because there is no marking involved. And, by pressing the seams open, you can always see where to insert the needle and where to start and stop stitching without going into the adjoining pieces. This also allows your finished top to lay smooth and flat.
*Why did I change from my 1/4″ presser foot?*
The quilt math gods were frowning upon my method. Using the edges of your center square to determine where to stop and start stitching results in a slight discrepancy or inaccuracy. My bad!
So this caused my corner seams to be greater than 1/4″. The main thing is to continue that diagonal created by the fold and to watch that your side edge remains perpendiculr (at a right angle) to the seam.
As a side note….
My blocks were made with a directional print and CANNOT be used in an on point setting.
|On Point Setting
|On Point Setting
Personally, I do prefer the look of the on point setting. It is more appealing and reflects the alternate name for this block – The Lattice Block.
Oh, well….. Maybe next time!
This top finished at 44″ square.
As another side note….
Having used my AccuQuilt GO! Signature Block die, instead of the standard size of piece for this block, did not effect the final outcome, except in appearance.
Diagram A shows the pieces used for my block.
Diagram B shows the proportions for the traditional block.
The main thing is to ensure, on your side pieces, the length of the sides must be equal to the sides of the square. And that the pointed ends are squared.
So whatever method you use to cut out your pieces, mark or not mark them, press open or press to the side and whatever setting you decide to put your blocks in…. Just remember one thing.
Y seams are not that hard.
And they advance your skills level to enable you to make other blocks. To do mitered borders.
I encourage you to just try it. Just do one block.
Throw another quilt into that bucket!
The Susannah quilt block. I have been admiring that one.
This would make a gorgeous quilt, too!
This post has been added to my Tutorials page.
That page sure needed a spring cleaning!
Please come and have a look around!
Will you give Y seams a go?