MJ
Kinman

Garnet Piece Plan

There Are Several Ways To Piece The Three Sections Of The Garnet Birthstone. This Is  Just One Of Them. Enjoy The Process!

Section 1

  • Sew together 1-1 and 1-2 (Creating Unit 1:2)
  • Sew together 1-3 and 1-4 (Creating Unit 3:4)
  • Sew together 1-5 and 1-6 (Creating Unit 5:6)
  • Sew together 1-7 and 1-8 (Creating Unit 7:8)
  • Sew together 1-9, 1-10, and 1-11 (Creating Unit 9:11)
  • Sew together 1-13 and 1-14 (Creating Unit 13:14)
  • Sew together 1-12 to Unit 13:14 (Creating Unit 12:14)
  • Now you can sew the following units together…

Now you can sew the following units together…

  • Sew Unit 1:2 to Unit 3:4 (Creating Unit 1:4)
  • Sew Unit 5:6 to Unit 1:4 (Creating Unit 1:6)
  • Sew Unit 7:8 to Unit 1:6 (Creating Unit 1:8)
  • Sew Unit 9:11 to Unit 12:14 (Creating Unit 9:14)
  • Sew Unit 1:8 to Unit 9:14 (Creating Unit 1:14)
     
  • Use your fabric marking pencils to mark the hash marks on all seam allowances of Unit 1:14 and on facet 1-15 (the black background piece)
  • Clip seam allowance of 1-15 (background) at ¼” intervals to ease piecing
  • Remove the freezer paper from all facets
  • Sew Unit 1:14 to facet 1-15 by gently easing the black background fabric around the gentle curve of Unit 1:14, pinning generously

Section 2

  • Sew together 2-1 and 2-2 (Creating Unit 1:2)
  • Sew together 2-3 and 2-4 (Creating Unit 3:4)
  • Sew together 2-5 and 2-6 (Creating Unit 5:6)
  • Set aside 2-7; we’ll come back to it in a moment
     
  • Sew together 2-8 and 2-9 (Creating Unit 8:9)
  • Sew together 2-10 to Unit 8:9 (Creating Unit 8:10)
  • Sew together 2-11 to Unit 8:10 (Creating 8:11)
  • Set aside 2-12; we’ll come back to it in a moment
  • Sew together 2-13 and 2-14 (Creating Unit 13:14)
  • Sew together 2-15, 2-16, and 2-17 (Creating Unit 15:17)
  • Set aside Unit 2-18; we’ll come back to it in a moment
  • Sew together 2-19 and 2-20 (Creating Unit 19:20)
     
  • Sew together 2-21, 2-22, 2-23, and 2-24 (Creating Unit 21:24)
  • Sew together 2-25 to Unit 21:24 (Creating Unit 21:25)
  • Sew together 2-26 to Unit 21:25 (Creating Unit 21:26)
  • Sew together 2-27 to Unit 21:26 (Creating Unit 21:27)
  • Sew together 2-28, 2-29, and 2-30 (Creating Unit 28:30)

Now you can sew the following units together…

  • Sew together Unit 3:4 and Unit 5:6 (Creating Unit 3:6)
  • Sew together 2-7 and Unit 3:6 (Creating Unit 3:7)
  • Sew together Unit 1:2 and Unit 3:7 (Creating Unit 1:7)
     
  • Sew together 2-12 and Unit 8:11 (Creating Unit 8:12)
  • Sew together Unit 8:12 and Unit 13:14 (Creating Unit 8:14)
  • Sew together Unit 8:14 and Unit 15:17 (Creating Unit 8:17)
  • Sew together 2-18 and Unit 8:17 (Creating Unit 8:18)
  • Sew together Unit 8:18 and Unit 19:20 (Creating Unit 8:20)
     
  • Sew together Unit 21:27 and Unit 28:30 (Creating Unit 21:30)
     
  • Sew together Unit 1:7, Unit 8:20, and Unit 21:30 (Creating Unit 1:30)
     
  • Use your fabric marking pencils to mark the hash marks on all seam allowances of Unit 1:30 and facets 2-31 and 2-32 (the black background pieces)
  • Clip seam allowance of 2-31 and 2-32 (background) at ¼” intervals to ease piecing
  • Remove the freezer paper from all facets
  • Sew together Unit 1:30 and facets 2-31 and 2-32 by gently easing the black background fabric around the gentle curve of Unit 1:30, pinning generously

Section 3

  • Sew together 3-1, 3-2, and 3-3 (Creating Unit 1:3)
  • Sew together 3-4, 3-5, 3-6, and 3-7 (Creating Unit 4:7)
     
  • Sew together 3-9, 3-10, and 3-11 (Creating Unit 9:11)
  • Sew 3-8 to Unit 9:11 (Creating Unit 8:11)
     
  • Sew together 3-12, 3-13, and 3-14 (Creating Unit 12:14)
  • Sew 3-15 to Unit 12:14 (Creating Unit 12:15)
  • Sew together 3-16, 3-17, and 3-18 (Creating Unit 16:18)

Now you can sew the following units together…

  • Sew together Unit 1:3 and Unit 4:7 (Creating Unit 1:7)
  • Sew together Unit 8:11 and Unit 12:15 (Creating Unit 8:15)
  • Sew together Unit 1:7, 8:15, and 16:18 (Creating Unit 1:18)
     
  • Use your fabric marking pencils to mark the hash marks on all seam allowances of Unit 1:18 and facet 3-19 (the black background piece)
  • Clip seam allowance of 3-19 (background) at ¼” intervals to ease piecing
  • Remove the freezer paper from all facets
  • Sew together Unit 1:18 and facets 3-19 by gently easing the black background fabric around the gentle curve of Unit 1:18, pinning generously
     
  • Finally, piece your three major sections together, making sure that the edge of the Garnet and black background aligns at the seam lines.
     
  • If the Garnet edges do not match up, check the facets along the seam lines for gaps. You may be able to ease fullness into the seam line instead of resewing.

Birthstone Series Resources

Click on the name of the gemstone below for a listing of its Piece Plan. The Piece plan is a step-by-step guide to help you piece each facet together in a strategic way to ensure that your block fits together perfectly.