Friday, 15 April 2011

Siggy swap - Block instructions (Dear Jane D13)

I checked the first batch of siggy's that  I had made and discovered that they were all about 1/8" too big across the diamond... Obviously a systematic error. Unfortunately when I tried to take in  the edges of the diamond they were not 5" around the edge.

So I have chosen a better method for me. Each time I make 1 siggy square and 4 half square triangles (HST) that I will use in a later project.

Step 1. Cut 5" Cream square, and 4    3" squares in feature fabric.

Step 2. Mark diamond from the center of each side - with lead pencil on the wrong side. This will be the cutting line but DO NOT cut now.  The sandpaper board is great here. (see instructions in post

Step 3. Mark inner diamond within the first so that the diagonal is 4 1/2" across I find this is a scant 1/4" in from the first diamond. This will be the sewing line

Step 4. Line up feature fabric square so that the corners are in line with the sewing line... the edge will be a bit out side the cream. Stitch. Repeat with the opposite corner.

Step 5. Sew a second line of stitching 1/4" outside the cutting line - the makes the HST

Step 6 Cut on cutting line and iron.

Step 7  Repeat steps 4,5,6 using the other 2 corners of the cream square.

Step 8 Trim of any excess feature fabric remembering the square has a minimum size of 5"

Step 9. Decorate, Sign, date and place on the siggy swap. i have tried several type of decorating - try to find something that said something about me.The 2 samples below are decorated from my large collection of vintage buttons and laces.I will make most of my siggies with lace as this is less heavy and less likely to be inconvenient during piecing. If you are in the swap and would like the buttons please let me know.

Step 10 Store HST for another project.


  1. It took me a few minutes but I got it! Excellent method, thanks for sharing!


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  3. Are you in the International Siggy Swap? I just got my first block from Annelies and have to send my block back before I am official but I am excited to get started!


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