I am in love with the swirler block. It looks so complicated (if you let it) but it can be tamed with patience and know-how. This is post is all about how I went about making this block. Please read through the pattern (several times) and really understand what you are doing before you make a start.
An important aspect of how I made my blocks is understanding the technique I used. This technique works from the back of the block and it's the most successful method for creating neat, even centres that allow the swirl to look perfect. If you've never created a block in this way, I suggest you make a sample first to get the hang of things. Yes, it's achieveable, so don't let any worries about a new technique slow you down. Heres how I made mine, step by step.
The block consists of TEMPLATES A- B- C
Take a look at both lines
It will make sense soon
Remember that my PAPER TEMPLATE is being used in the REVERSE
The next fabric piece is positioned right into the dotted glue line of the turn edge seam of the previous piece. See how the raw edge of my second piece is glued down to the glued line of the turn edge of the piece before? The raw edge is always a glue edge. Take a good look.
Now, take a hot iron and 'stamp' the fabric over the seam lines so the glue dries. Don't move the iron up and down, you are simply drying the glue.
Now positioning new fabric into place
it must line up neatly and within the lines
hot stamping the glue seam
This is A -B -C in position, working from the back because my block is reversed
and continue, paying attention to your pieces and joining them accurately on your glue lines
hot stamping the glue dry
and more continuing
until it's time to add the final segment
lift the previous piece
and position the last piece
I've open up so I can get the last one accurately on the line
slot it in, apply glue and press it dry
This is a crease line, marked in
Just running my pen along
Now, turn the block over and check the front
the centre points should be accurate, like this
When you're happy with your block, go back and stitch your seams on the line you indicated with pen. You start stitching on the last piece your slotted in and you stitch from the outside of the block sewing into the centre, always sewing on your crease lines and stop 1/4 inch before you hit the centre swirl. You don't stitch over the swirl. You worked clockwise on the reverse. You start sewing down starting at your last piece and you sew the crease lines, working anti clockwise.
This is the glue I used.
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