Step 1: Assemble smallest blocks first, which are done with strips.
The fun part was fanning the seams. I've never made such small blocks before. They came out excellent!
Step 2: Making Blocks A & B:
Starting with adding the "squares" to these smallest blocks. I had to read the instructions several times before I understood what was happening. This was a very unique way of adding squares! It's for sure a faster way, but I can also see how much more precision we gain by doing it this way. Take a look!
After sewing, Then, I cut between them to separate them, then used my ruler which was 2 1/2" and cut both sides to trim up to exact measurements. Going sideways allowed me do this without problems. When I tried to go up and down, I wasn't ambidextrous enough! I figured if I moved the ruler, then I wouldn't necessarily have them exactly measured. It worked just fine!
Here Blocks A & B are together and fanned. Somehow after all the perfect measurements, I'm no longer perfect? Pressing stretch, maybe? I did have a hard time figuring out how to press individual squares rather than pressing along a whole seam line. I found myself constantly turning my iron back and forth, or flipping the squares, because every other square's seam goes in the other direction.
Next is to make 32 Four Patches. These are larger. And, they measure fine after pressing.
And, TA DA, the finished top!
I am still not sure how come my squares ended up a bit on the small side, especially my tiny 4 patches. I know those measured perfect at the beginning. I ended up adjusting my "1/4" seam rather than seam ripping :( I know, I know... sssssshhh. I just couldn't fathom ripping seams of all those fanned intersections, pressing them flat again to try assembling them again.
I haven't decided if now I want to do the Asian Nights larger version of this to practice my pressing such small patches or not. I'm not happy with the precision, even though everything measured perfect after sewing individuals. I'm fairly certain it is the pressing of the blocks to get seams to fan that is my failure.
Anyway, this project took 2 weeks. I didn't get that much time put in on it due to LIFE, but progress is all good.