Some blocks in this tutorial will have 6 strips per block and others will have 5. Just be sure to copy exactly as per each photo.
Block A - Here is the first block. The photos below this will show you how.Fig. 1 – To replicate the top block, take one of your tubes and locate the the cream on top and the rust right below. Rip out the seam where my seam ripper is pointing to, open and place just below the above strip.
Once you have finished removing the seams for each strip indicated, sew the strips together (be careful not to mix them up) and press open the seams. When sewing the seams together, I used a lot of pins and it really did make a big difference in my seams matching up.
My favourite pins are made by Dritz. The pins slide easily through all the layers and hold very well.
When pinning the strips together, I placed 2 pins per seam intersection. By doing this, none of my seams had to be re-done. If you are not as fussy as me, do what you are most comfortable doing.
After all your Block A (did you make 3 of them?) have been sewn correctly, mark your blocks A with a piece of paper, etc. so that when it comes time to assemble you will be able to locate the correct block when they are called for. My favourite method, is taking a scrap piece of paper and write the appropriate letter, then clip the paper to the pile of blocks with a clothespin. This way, the blocks stay together in the pile and don’t come loose and get mixed up with other blocks.
The rest of the blocks:
Now that Block A is done, the rest of the blocks to be made are indicated below. All you have to do is locate the correct top and bottom colours on your tube and remove the seam between those colours and place them in the order exactly as per each photo.
Block Aa - make 3
Block B - make 6
Block C - make 3