Let me show you a few pics of this days piecing of block 5. It actually went pretty well. I have to say that my piecing of Feathered Stars experience really helped me out with this block.
1. Starch the pieces as squares, then make the diagonal cuts. They should feel like paper when you pick them up.
2. When you can, cut the outside the section or block triangles bigger than posted. You can trim them down, but you can't grow them (if you don't know what this means, leave a comment and I will try to help you understand.
3. Press seam allowances of small piece strips open.
4. Trim your block segments to the appropriate size before you sew them to the next segment.
Here you see the strip segments of a section of one quarter of the block.
Seams are pressed open. The triangles on the end and the yellow triangle are cut oversized.
The unpieced triangle is cut oversized.
and stitch--slowly--while holding it stable with you left hand as you aid in the feeding of the fabric with your right hand. I couldn't show you where I put my right hand and take the picture too--sorry!
The finished section after the left triangle has been trimmed to fit.
The finished Kansas Trouble block
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