Thursday, December 3, 2009
Card Trick relies heavily on the use of light, medium, and dark fabrics. Be sure to choose fabrics with obvious contrast, otherwise you'll just have a lot of triangles.
As the name suggests, this is an extremely tricky block. We'll be piecing this block using actual triangles instead of our easy cut-squares method. I tried to figure out how to do this using the easy method, but because of the necessary light-dark combinations, it doesn't work. Don't try it! Trust me.
Step 1 - From each fabric:
1 x 5 1/4" square
2 x 4 7/8" squares
Cut your 4 7/8" squares into two half-square triangles. Be sure to line the 45 degree mark on your ruler with the edge of your square. Do this for all fabrics.
Cut your 5 1/4" squares into half-square triangles. Be sure to line the 45 degree mark on your ruler with the edge of your square. Take those triangles and cut them in half using the 45 degree mark on your ruler. Do this for all fabrics.
Organize your light, medium, and dark triangles into piles according to size. You should have four triangles of each size in each fabric.
Lay out your fabrics as follows. Do this in an area where you can leave the pieces while you sew. This will help you stay organized.
Beginning in the top left corner, assemble the first block. Handle your pieces carefully to avoid stretching and take your time sewing. Press seams open; avoid using steam as it can stretch the fabric.
Assemble the second block. First, sew together your quarter-square triangles. Press seams open. Sew those together to your half square triangle. Press seams toward the larger triangle. (Sorry for the out of focus pic!)
Assemble remaining blocks as follows.
Lay your sewn blocks into the proper layout.
Sew your blocks into rows. Press seams in alternating directions.
Join rows together to create your block. Press seams and thank God you're done.