Tips & Hints
This month's block is a 10 1/2" block. (That is - 11" unfinished.) This month we're making a "thank you" block for Patty so we will be making THREE blocks. Since Patty liked the February blocks so well, we're doing Victorian colors again, with a slight difference. The flower part of the block will be a Victorian print (could be a floral or paisley, something multicolored). Victorian colors are burgundy, rose, lavender, soft colors (no primaries). The leaf part of the block is a soft green print, mint or light forest green (no kelly green.) The background of the block is a white-on-white print. See the block and quilt graphics for ideas.
For EACH block cut: From white-on-white print - 4 rectangles 2" x 5", 4 squares 2" x 2" and 8 rectangles 3 1/2" x 2" (these rectangles are for the flying geese units). From soft green print - 5 squares 2" x 2". From Victorian print - 4 rectangles 3 1/2" x 2" (you may substitute 8 - 2" x 2" squares if you prefer) and 20 squares 2" x 2" (16 of these are for the flying geese units).
Sew a green square between the ends of two white-on-white 2" x 5" rectangles. Press toward the white rectangles. This is necessary to make the pieces fit together later on. Sew a green square to a Victorian square. Repeat three more times. Press toward the green print. Sew a Victorian rectangle to the side of the previous unit. Repeat. Sew two more with the green square on the opposite side. (See the block graphic for correct placement.) Press toward the Victorian rectangle. These will be referred to as the square unit. (You may substitute two Victorian squares sewed together for each rectangle if you prefer.) These units should match up exactly. If they don't check you seam allowances and adjust.
Sew 8 flying geese units using the 8 white-on-white 3 1/2" rectangles and 16 of the Victorian squares. Click here for instructions on sewing flying geese units. (Swappers from 1999 will recognize my instructions from last year in a slightly different form.) 16 half-square triangle units may be substituted for the flying geese units if you prefer. Sew a flying geese unit to the side of a square unit. Sew carefully through the "x" where the seams overlap so the points will not be cut off. Refer to the back of my test block. Repeat. Sew a flying geese unit to the opposite side of a square unit. Repeat. Press the seams toward the square unit. Refer to the block graphic for correct placement.
Sew a white-on-white square to the end of a flying geese unit. Repeat. Sew a white-on-white square to the opposite end of a flying geese unit. Repeat. Press toward the white square. Sew each unit to the side of the previous unit, referring to the block graphic for correct placement. Press toward the square unit. Sew a 2" x 5" white-on-white rectangle between two flower units. Repeat. Press toward the white rectangle. Sew these units to each side of the green square between two white rectangles. Press toward the white rectangles. Be sure your seams meet. I sewed these seams in two sections as long seams can shift. I started sewing first just before the square and continued over the square and on down along the rectangle to the end. Then I started sewing again at the beginning and ended up just before the square where I began. Your block should measure 11" x 11" unfinished.
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 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 THREE blocks for June (one will be a "thank you" block for Patty). Blocks will be due to Patty by June 30, 2000. Patty and I will not be getting together at the Quilted Apple in July for Baltimore Masters and Applique Lovers clubs (Laurene is on vacation then), but we will be getting together for a different class. 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 282 KB.