April 2000

April 2000 Block

Three In A Corner

Tips & Hints

This month's block is a 10 1/2" block. (That is - 11" unfinished.) The theme this month is Spring Flowers. This block is made from four floral prints, two darker and two lighter and a light background fabric. Make sure there is a good contrast between your darker and lighter florals and between your lighter florals and background print. Please do not use white-on-white or ecru-on-ecru for your background fabric. Use a printed fabric in a neutral color that goes with your florals, like tan, beige, light gold, mint green, light blue, pink, lavendar, you get the idea. We will be making TWO blocks this month. As always you don't have to make your blocks the same. This is a great opportunity to use up scraps. My test block was made from scraps.

For EACH block, cut from your first dark floral print: 13 squares 2"x2". From your first medium or light floral print: 12 squares 2"x2". From your second dark floral print: 4 rectangles 3 1/2"x2". From your second medium or light floral print: 2 squares 4"x4" and from your light background print: 2 squares 4"x4" (these large squares will be for the 4 half-square triangle units).

Mark a line on the wrong side of each 4" light background square from one corner to the opposite one. Sew each 4" background square to a 4" medium to light floral square by stitching 1/4" on either side of the line. Cut apart on the line. Press these toward the floral fabric. Trim these to 3 1/2"x3 1/2". These are your four half-square triangle units.

Sew a half-square triangle unit to each side of a dark floral rectangle (see block graphic for correct placement). Press seams toward the rectangle. Repeat. Sew a small dark floral square between the ends of two dark floral rectangles. Press toward the rectangles. Sew this units between the half-square triangle rows following the blocks graphic for placement. Press the seams toward the middle. This unit should measure 8"x8".

Sew 5 small squares together starting with a light one then a dark one, repeat once more and end with a light square. Press toward the dark squares. Repeat. Sew these units to the sides of the previous unit. Make sure the seams meet and the points are sharp and not cut off. Press seams toward the middle. Sew 7 small squares together starting with a dark one then a light one, repeat twice more ending with a dark square. Press toward the dark squares. Repeat. Sew these to the top and bottom of the previous unit matching seams and making sure the points are sharp and not cut off. Press toward the middle.

The resulting block should measure 11"x11". Click here to see my block that I scanned.

This block goes together best if the seams are pressed in opposite directions. Pressing toward the darker fabric will assure that the seams are going in opposite directions and will help your block go together easily. Click here to see the back of my block that I scanned.

Remember to label your blocks with your name, city, state, and email address on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked or pinned on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seam allowance. Just be sure to label them in some way.

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the Yahoo club or email Squirrel (Patty) or Azpatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for April. Blocks will be due to Patty by April 15, 2000. This is the day I'm in Mesa to teach a class and open "squishies". If you can't get your blocks in by then, Patty and I get together at the Quilted Apple on May 6th for Baltimore Masters and Applique Lovers clubs. Please keep up with your blocks. If you get behind it makes more work for Patty and I to send them out to the winners late. If lateness is unavoidable, please let one of us know and remember to include two stamps to help with postage.

If you have Electric Quilt 4, the file is available for download here. Due to the floral prints in the file, the size is 378 KB.

April 2000 Quilt