In my last blog post, in preparation for making the Card Tricks blocks, I sewed 84 Half Square Triangle blocks, 160 Combination blocks, and 20 Hourglass blocks with my Tucker Trimmer.  Now, I’m using these to construct the Card Tricks blocks.

 

 

It’s important to lay out the blocks in the correct orientation to create the “card” effect.  Now I’ll sew the blocks together like a Nine-Patch:  sew 3 blocks together to make a row, then sew the 3 rows together.

 

 

When sewing the 3 blocks to make a row, make sure to line up the diagonal seams.  A lot of the seams will nest, making it easier to get those nice sharp points on the cards.

 

 

When sewing the rows together to finish the blocks, *again* make sure to line up those points!

I’ve cut 2 1/2″ strips of the background fabric for the sashing.  Before I subcut these strips to add to the blocks, I’ll double-check the measurements.  In a perfect world, the Card Trick block should be 9 1/2″ square.

 

 

Holy smokes!  Today is a good day – my blocks are actually 9 1/2″ and square.

 

Now I can cut some of the sashing strips to 2 1/2″ x 9 1/2″.  (Note:  If my blocks weren’t 9 1/2″, I’d have to adjust the sashing to match.  This helps to keep the block, and ultimately the pieced top, flat and square.)  I line up the ends and the center of the strip to the side of the block, pin at all three spots, then fill with more pins if I need to.

 

 

I add a sashing strip to 16 of the blocks.  I’ll start putting rows together in the next post.  See you then!

 

 

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