This is my first attempt at a tutorial. Its mostly for Kaaren who wondered how I made my pattern. There may be better methods out there but this is how I figured it out and its working well for me.
First I sketched my pattern on 1/4” graph paper. (You can print some here). Mine finish at 3 inches square. I decided I wanted my center to be 1 1/4 inches. I kind of pulled that out of a hat…it just looked good to me.
I added seam allowance and cut the two main pieces out. Then I cut a permanent pattern from template plastic. The final template includes the 1/4” seam allowance.
Can you see the holes in the plastic? I was puzzled about getting accurate seam lines and borders, so the way I chose to do it was to punch those holes in the template so I could mark the seam line and corners.
With a fine marker, I trace the template on the wrong side of my fabric and mark dots through the holes for the stitching line. Maybe you can see the teeny tiny dots on the fabric.
Marking and cutting the fabric goes pretty quick for me this way. And when I sew the pieces together I just match and sew dot to dot… I figure I can hand sew a straight line freestyle for at least an inch.
And finally I put all the cut and ready pieces into this cute little tin that Teresa gave me for Christmas. Thanks again Teresa, it is just perfect for this project. I tuck it into my purse so I can keep my fingers occupied wherever I go.