Sunday, May 1, 2011

Block of the Month - April

Can you believe that after these blocks we will be able to sew the top two rows of the quilt together? You will need to sew a block of 4 half square triangles together. It is the block to the right of the Block #5 Friendship Star. The half square triangles should be squared to 3 ½ inches. If you feel ambitious, there are a total of 29 half square triangles in the quilt; you can make them all now.

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#4 Double Tulip
A 2-2x3 ½
B 8-2x2
E 2-2x2
Tulip Center:
EE 2-2x2
Inside Flower:
F 2-2x3 ½
G 2-2x5
Outside Flower:
D 2-2x5
C 2-2x6 ½

You will be making two identical blocks with the following instructions (the above cutting instructions are for both blocks):
Sew background E to tulip center EE. Press to darker fabric. Add the background A, press towards A. As you attach each piece, until you finish the block, press towards most recently added piece.

Lay above section down with flower pieces F, G, D, and C. Draw diagonal lines on the back of background B squares. Lay these squares on each flower petal, noting the direction your diagonal line lays. When you are certain of placements then sew background B to each flower petal. When petals are complete, attach-then press, petals to your center section in the following order: F,G,D,C. Blocks should measure 6 ½ square. Sew 2 blocks together to form block #4 (6 ½ x 12 ½).

#8 Garden Patch
A 2-3x16 strips
B 4-6x6 squares
Fabric #1:
A 2-3x16 strips
Fabric #2:
C/D 4-4x7 rectangles

Begin by sewing background A to fabric #1 strips together. You will have two strip sets. Press towards darker color. Sub-cut these strips into 10-3” sections (five from each strip). Make opposite sides to form five 4-patch blocks.

Print four of the B/C/D paper piecing guides. (If you want an extra to save with the quilt pattern, print five.) Be sure the outside line measures 5.5 inches. Cut two of the Fabric #2 rectangles diagonally from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. Cut the remaining two rectangles from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Paper piece C and D onto B. Cut on the outside line.  To learn how to paper piece go here.  

Lay out all sections to make block. Sew together in rows. Block should measure 15 ½ inches.

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