ST&D: Some clarification

Hello, wonderful Ovarian Cancer Quiltmakers.

Some of you made an early start with Signed, Tealed & Delivered (ST&D) and have highlighted something that’s not clear – thank you for the heads-up, and here’s an explanation.

If you print out the 4 pieces of the paper pattern for the envelope block created by The Littlest Thistle and join it together, it’s all in one piece. However, it needs to be separated into two parts to work. The photo below shows how you should reassemble the paper pattern to make things easy. The numbers showing the order of assembly are then much easier to understand.

If you print the pattern twice (at 100%, don’t forget, not to scale), you should have enough spare parts to create the full pieces in both sections. If you click on the image above, you’ll see where I have stuck pieces together with a glue stick. Remember to allow a seam allowance to join the top section to the bottom.

Another question I’ve been asked is whether the envelopes have to be plain and light coloured. The answer is no. If you want to make the envelope dark and the lining light, then do. If you want to make the background dark and the envelope light, feel free. All you need to do is ensure there’s some contrast. The envelope can be patterned or plain, same for the background and envelope lining. Have fun!

In the next few days I’ll be making my first postcard block and will post it so you can see the sort of thing I intend for it. I’ll be making an appliqué version, but if you want to piece them that’ll be fine too.

Have a great weekend, y’all.


14 thoughts on “ST&D: Some clarification

  1. tialys says:

    I hope when you say ‘some of you’ you aren’t just being polite and it wasn’t only me who was confused 😉 I have finished my two now but, even with the information about where to cut, I found those two bottom left triangles – nos. 1 & 2 – quite tricky to get right but that might have been something to do with the fact that I was trying to be economical with the envelope fabric. I was hoping to do the postcard block by piecing rather than applique but I’ll have a look and see what you come up with before I decide.

    • katechiconi says:

      No indeed, it was not me being polite about just you! And yes, triangles are notoriously the hardest thing to get right, off at strange angles and back to front. The postcards are completely freestyle, so if you’d prefer piecing, do by all means go with that.

  2. I may be being thick, but why not ST&D? (I fully understand why it’s not STD!)

  3. Lynda says:

    Kate, you’ve just made me feel heaps better for having to completely recut and rebuild my dark teal block! I saved the inside bit because I loved that Bird of Paradise, but just barely squeaked through on the leftovers of my teal.

    BTW, if it helps anyone: I printed the pattern again and used each triangle and strip as a pattern, plus the seam allowances, to help me with cutting the pieces. And because most of you will not be trying this with limited fabric I would suggest at least an inch all around the edges. 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d agree, don’t be too skimpy when cutting the pieces, especially with the triangles, where it’s easy to get the angle slightly wrong and lose your seam allowance!

  4. kathyreeves says:

    I had printed my papers but not yet taken the time to join them because I though there were too many no. 1’s. I should know better, but the photo will make it a piece of cake now! Thanks!

  5. Thank you for the clarification. This is going to be so fun!

  6. rutigt says:

    Thanks for the advice! I am just in the beginning of choosing fabric 🙂 That postcard block is swimming around in my head and haven´t yet got its right design! It will come soon, I hope 🙂

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