This is a scan of the block I pieced to test my instructions. (At least as much of the block as I could get on my scanner! The blocks are bigger this year, so I can only get about 2/3 of the width.) I have resized it to fit on the webpage. Notice that the seams should meet where each row is joined to the next one. There is 1/4" from the triangle points to the edges to allow for joining to other blocks or sashing without cutting of the tips.

Sewing a 1/4" seams is extremely important when piecing blocks. Learn where the guideline for the 1/4" seam is on your sewing machine is. If there is none, make one with tape. Some sewing machines have an adjustable needle position. Use this to help sew your 1/4" seam. Measure your units after you piece and press to make sure they are the right size.

Click here to see the back of the block

  January Block Front