Monday, March 15, 2021

Harmony Hand Pieced QAL - Partial Square in a Square (Unit 4)

Since our QAL is following the units in the order they are found in the pattern , today it is time to make some Partial Square in a Square units!  Each Harmony block needs 8 Partial Square in a Square units which means you'll need 32 if you are making the throw sized quilt. We've got lots of basic tutorials - Using TemplatesMarking Stitching Linesand the Running Stitch - if you need some tips.

Still need the pattern for Harmony?  Grab yours now!  

Harmony is a large single block - make one and you've got a lovely wall hanging (28'' x 28'') or join 4 Harmony blocks together for a lovely throw sized quilt (56'' x 56'').  Did you miss the QAL announcement?  You can find more information here!  If you have any trouble ordering the pattern, please don't hesitate to email us at - we'll be happy to help!

Whether you are making the wall hanging or the throw sized quilt, we recommend you cut just the pieces you need to make a single Harmony block.  Once you've sewn a few units and have some experience cutting with templates, you can go back and cut the rest of the pieces for all the Harmony blocks you need.

Stitching Tips

The Partial Square in a Square block is assembled in the same way as the Square in the square (unit 1).  You will need to made 8 of these blocks - 4 of each color layout.   The block can be made using units cut with a rotary cutter or using templates.

Do pay attention to color placement - it is very easy to sew a whole bunch of these (they go so fast) only to find out you've put the blue color on the left side for all the units instead of half of them.  (And, yes, speaking from experience here!)

If you've not yet sewn a block with templates, give it a try with this block for at least a few of them.  Our next block can ONLY be cut out with templates so our Partial Square in a Square is a good one to practice with.

For the rotary cutter version (below left), sew using the stitch and flip technique.  For the template version (below right), marking just where you are about to stitch plus a little bit more so you know where to start and stop your needle.  (Please note that my lines are not usually that dark - a bit a computer magic made the lines visible in this photo!)

Once the first side is sewn, press.  Remember to align your need right against the fold of the first corner as you get ready to sew the second.

If needed, sliver trim your block and then go ahead and mark the stitching lines around the outside so you will be ready when it is time to sew your units together.

Kristin is sharing tips on her blog today - check it out!

The Basics 

Please consult the tutorials for Using TemplatesMarking Stitching Linesand the Running Stitch if you need some tips.

We will be sewing the units in the order of the pattern which means our next unit is the Twisted Triangle in a Square.  We'll share tips next Monday, March 22. Our first check-in link-up will be March 29!

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Have a wonderful day! Patty

1 comment:

  1. I don't like cutting templates, but it sure does make piecing so much better. ☺ So I will continue to cut templates.


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