Using the Stack-n-Whack® 15° Fan Ruler: Piecing the fan
|From a set of six wedges, piece three pairs. Don't press the seams yet.|
|Piece the three pairs together. Press the seam allowances toward the right (when viewing the fan from the right side), or from right to left (when viewing the back side). (Or if you prefer, press the seams open.) Check your fan with a square ruler or a gridded press mat. The two sides of the fan should form a right angle. If they do not, you may be able to adjust the edges through careful blocking with a steam iron, but first check to make sure your seams are straight and consistently 1/4".|
To make the bias for the inner and outer
edges of the fan, cut a strip of fabric across the width, 1"
wider than the finished block size (for 12" blocks, cut
a 13" strip). Place the 45 degree line of a long ruler on
one long straight edge, and cut to establish a bias angle. Cut
1" bias strips by placing the 1" line of the ruler
on the angled edge. Press the 1" strips in half lengthwise
so that they are 1/2" wide. Take care not to stretch the
With raw edges together, apply a bias strip to the outer edge of the fan. Do not stretch the bias trim. Just ease it along the curve.
|Turn the raw edges to the back of the fan and press lightly.|
With raw edges together, apply the bias
strip to the inner edge of the fan. Straighten the edge and stretch
the bias strip gently as you attach it. Be careful not to stretch
the lower edge of the fan. You can do this with either the bias
strip or the fan wedges on top; try both ways to see which works
best for you.
Turn the raw edges to the back of the fan and press lightly.
|Lay the fan on a square of background fabric. The fan wedges should meet the edges of the block at the outer edge of the fan. Measure the distance from the top of the fan at the sides to the corners. The distance should be the same on both sides. Block the fan a bit if necessary. If your fan is not square or extends beyond the background square at the inner corner, try blocking it with an iron. Pin the fan to the background fabric.|
|Thread your machine with a thread color that will blend with the trim. Stitch the fan to the background square along the curved edges, stitching in the seamlines between the wedges and the bias trim. Use a presser foot that allows good visibility of the needle.|
|Trim the ends of the bias at the edges of the block. If you like, you can trim out the background fabric behind the fan at this point.|
|The completed fan block.|
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