Triple Amish Chain
Tips & Hints
Well, it's time for BOM2000! This year we are piecing 7-patches, that is, 7 units by 7 units (a total of 49 units in all). We are starting out the year with the most basic of all 7-patches, 49 squares only. This block is a 10 1/2" block. (That is - 11" unfinished.) This block is made of a light and a medium shade of the same color solid "Amish" fabric with a black background. You will be making a total of two blocks this month. If you haven't sent me your signup form, now is the time to do so, as Patty and I need to know how many swappers to expect.
For EACH block, cut 24 2" squares of black fabric (this is an unfinished measurement, the squares will be 1 1/2" finished), 13 squares of the light fabric and 12 squares of the medium fabric. (Using a fabric that is too dark will result in a block with too little contrast.) Cut 16 extra squares of the medium fabric to include with your blocks so that the winners can set the blocks together using one of the layouts below if they wish. Just pin the extra 8 squares to the back of each block.
For the first row, sew a light square to a black square (I have good luck sewing the straight grain sides together first. That leaves the cross grain side when the rows are sewn together and allows for a little extra "fudging" if necessary). Then sew a medium square to the black square, a black square to the medium square, a medium square to the black square, a black square to the medium square and finish up with a light square. Repeat this row for the last row.
For the second row, sew a black square to a light square. Then sew a black square to the light square, a medium square to the black square, a black square to the medium square, a light square to the black square and finish up with a black square. Repeat this row for the sixth row.
For the third row, sew a medium square to a black square. Then sew a light square to the black square, a black square to the light square, a light square to the black square, a black square to the light square and finish up with a medium square. Repeat this row for the fifth row.
For the fourth row, sew a black square to a medium square. Then sew a black square to the medium square, a light square to the black square, a black square to the light square, a medium square to the black square and finish up with a black square.
Press the seams in the first row all one way. (This row should be 11" long. If your row doesn't measure 11" your 1/4" seam is off and you need to adjust it.) Press the seams in the second row the opposite way. This will help in matching up the seams, as they will butt up against one another. Sew the first and second rows together. Check to make sure your seams match. Continue pressing the seams of each row so they are the opposite of the previous row and sewing them to the previous row. Use the block graphic above for correct placement. When the block is complete, press the row seams all in the same direction, or press them open if you prefer. Your block should measure 11" x 11". Click here to see the January block I scanned in.
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 January. Blocks will be due to Patty by the end of January 2000. If you are catching up blocks from 1999, they should also be completed by then also.
If you have Internet Explorer you have probably noticed that the graphics in your prinout might be cut off if they go over on the next page. You can get around this by selecting the part of the page you want to print with your mouse and choosing print selection in the print dialog box. (Do not use the print button, choose file, then print.) My printer (Canon BJC-5100) could not print both quilt sets on the same page. Netscape will print the whole graphic on the next page if it won't fit. It does not cut the graphic in half. You may have to change your left and right margins in page setup. Otherwise the words may get cut off on the right side. This happens because there is a border graphic on the page and I don't want the text to bump into it. I have my margins set to .25".
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the file is available for download here. The file size is 2 KB.
Quilt Set 1
Quilt Set 2