Hello friends, today I’m sharing a step-by-step tutorial for making easy corner stems.My Maple Sky quilt pattern and my Maple Sky Mini quilt pattern both use this method for creating the stem sections of the blocks, and I thought it would be helpful to have a step-by-step visual for reference. This is also the same method to use for making signature blocks.
While this block unit can also be done using the technique of paper piecing (see
my tutorial for foundation paper piecing here), I think it’s much faster and easier to use the easy corner method.
Begin with three squares of fabric cut according to pattern directions.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one of the smaller squares, place squares right sides together, and stitch on, or just a thread’s width to the right of the drawn line. The finished unit is usually more accurate if you can sew just a bit off of the line.
Trim, leaving a ¼″ seam allowance. Then press the background fabric towards the seam allowance.
Next, you’ll repeat the process above for the opposite corner.
Press once more and you have a perfectly centered stem section. You can also use this method for signature blocks, making the outer squares smaller so there is a larger space for writing in the center (you’ll also want to reverse light and dark fabric for signature blocks).
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