Tips & Hints
This month's block is a 10 1/2" block. (That is - 11" unfinished.) The theme this month is "St. Patrick's Day". Think green like the emerald isle. This block is made from a medium green print and white-on-white print fabric. Please use only one or two greens in this block. We will be making THREE blocks this month. As always you don't have to make your blocks the same.
For EACH block, cut from your white-on-white print: 2 squares 4"x4" (these will be used for the half-square triangle units), 4 squares 2"x2" and 8 rectangles 2"x3 1/2". From your green print: 2 squares 4"x4" (for the half-square triangle units), 5 squares 2"x2" and 4 rectangles 2"x3 1/2".
Mark a line on the wrong side of each 4" white-on-white square from one corner to the opposite one. Sew each 4" white-on-white square to a 4" green square by stitching 1/4" on either side of the line. Cut apart on the line. Press these toward the green fabric. Trim these to 3 1/2"x3 1/2". These are your four half-square triangle units.
Sew a green rectangle between two white-on-white rectangles, long sides together. Press seams toward the green fabric. Repeat three more times. Sew a white-on-white square between two green squares, press seams toward the green fabric, repeat. Sew a green square between two white-on-white squares. Press seams toward the green fabric. Sew this unit between the other two units to make a green and white nine-patch. Press seams toward the outside.
Sew a half-square triangle unit to each side of a rectangle unit, following the block graphic for correct placement. Press seams toward the green triangle. Repeat. Sew each of the remaining rectangle units to the sides of the nine-patch. Press seams toward the nine-patch.
Sew the previous unit between the top and bottom units. Press the seams outward, toward the green triangle units. 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.
This block goes together best if the seams are pressed in opposite directions. Pressing toward the green 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 THREE blocks for March. This is so we will come out even at the end of the year, since we have 26 swappers this year. Blocks will be due to Patty by March 18, 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 April 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, 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. The file size is 7 KB.