Hello dear friends! I’m so happy that you like my North Star quilt project and the Fair Isle blocks I have made. They are fun and easy to make.
So lets go to see how I made this happy couple! First I draw the picture and used few colours to help you to see how pieces have different sizes. Each square = 1″ finished size. We use 1/4″ seam allowance, so for example for 1″ square we shall cut 1.5″ square etc.
FAIR ISLE MAN
1 x [5.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [7.5″x 1.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 8 x 1.5″x 1.5″]
Light grey head and trousers:
2 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 3.5″], 3 x [1.5″x 1.5″]
Dark grey boots:
2 x [3.5″x 1.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 2.5″]
2 x [4.5″x 4.5″], 2 x [7.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 3.5″], 3 x [3.5″x 1.5″],
2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 6 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 10 x [1.5″x 1.5″]
Finished block size is about 16.5″x 13.5″.
Photo above shows you the pieces.
! I have one correction that I noticed later: two squares on up corners are too big in this photo (they have to be 4.5″x 4.5″ as in the cutting list).
Sew in sections. Start sewing the small pieces together and then continue connecting them with the next pieces etc. It’s like making a log cabin blocks.
Press the seams (the more often the better) but at least when connecting the sections.
FAIR ISLE WOMAN
1 x [4.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [4.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 8 x [1.5″x 1.5″]
Light grey head and skirt:
1 x [8.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [4.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″]
Dark grey skirt and boots:
1 x [8.5″x 1.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 1.5″]
2 x [4.5″x 4.5″], 2 x [8.5″x 2.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 16 x [1.5″x 1.5″]
Finished blog size is about 16.5″ x 12.5″
Here you see all the pieces. I have already started to sew from the boots. Sew again in sections as with the Fair Isle man.
I hope this tutorial is clear and easy. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer. When you make your Fair Isle blocks, you will see that this is not the only way to share the picture to sections.
Thank you for reading! Have fun sewing this couple and I hope this gives you inspiration to create also other Fair Isle blocks!
PS. REINDEER TUTORIAL IS COMING VERY SOON!