Victorian Broken Dishes
Tips & Hints
This month's block is a 10 1/2" block. (That is - 11" unfinished.) The theme this month is "Victorian Valentine". Think rose, burgundy, cream, beige, victorian prints, rich florals and paisleys, maybe a little forest green. Metallics in these colors are good too. This block is made from three prints in medium and/or dark shades and a background print in a rich cream or beige shade (no white, please).
For EACH block, cut from your background print, 4 rectangles 2"x5", 1 square 5"x5" cut diagonally twice to yield 4 quarter-square triangles and 4 squares 2 1/2"x2 1/2" (these will be used for the half-square triangle units). From your first victorian print cut 4 squares 2"x2". From your second victorian fabric, cut 4 squares 2 1/2"x 2 1/2" (for the half-square triangle units) and 2 squares 4 5/8"x4 5/8" cut once diagonally to make 4 half-square triangles. From your third victorian print cut one square 4 1/4"x 4 1/4".
Sew the long sides of two background quarter-square triangles to opposite sides of the 4 1/4"x4 1/4" square. Be sure to match the midpoints of each piece so the triangles are sewn on evenly. Press toward the triangle after you sew each seam. Repeat for the other two sides. Trim off any "dog ears". Sew the long sides of two victorian half-square triangles to opposite sides of the previous unit. Be careful not to stretch this seam as it is on the bias. Sew through the middle of the "X" made by the previous seams and you should have a perfect point. Press seams toward triangles. Repeat for the other two sides. Trim off any "dog ears". This unit should measure 8"x8". If it doesn't, you need to check to make sure you are sewing a 1/4" seam.
Place a 2 1/2"x2 1/2" background square on each victorian print square of the same size, right sides together. There will be 8 sets. Mark a light pencil line diagonally on the lighter fabric and sew 1/4" on either side of the line. Press and cut along the lines. Press the seam toward the background fabric and trim to 2"x2". These are your eight half-square triangle units. You may use triangle paper to make these or your favorite method.
Sew a 2"x2" victorian print square to a half-square triangle unit (see block graphic for correct placement). Sew a background 2"x5" rectangle to the other side of the half-square triangle unit. Sew a half-square triangle unit to the opposite side of the rectangle (see block graphic for correct placement.) Finish the row with another 2"x2" print square. This is the first row. Repeat the the last row. Press seams away from the half-square triangle units.
Sew a half-square triangle unit to each end of a background rectangle (see block graphic for correct placement). Repeat. Press seams toward the rectangle. These are the side units. Sew these units to each side of the center unit. It works best if the ends of this seam are pressed toward the center and the middle is pressed toward the outside. Click here to see the back of my block that I scanned and a more thorough explanation. Sew the top and bottom rows to the resulting unit, press seams the same as the previous ones. There are seams with points to match here, so piece this carefully. Check your block against the block graphic to make sure all pieces are facing the correct way. The resulting block should measure 11"x11". Click here to see 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 seams. 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 February. Blocks will be due to Patty by February 19, 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 March 4th 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, remember to include two stamps to help with postage.
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the file is available for download here. The file size is 260 KB. The file is large because of the scanned fabrics from the Stash Program.