Tips & Hints
Here's the February block. As all the blocks will be this year this one is a 12" block (that's 12 1/2" unfinished). This month we will be using browns and pinks. This was a popular color combination in turn-of-the-century quilts and will give your blocks an antique look. You will be making a total of two blocks this month.
We will be using six fabrics - three beige print fabrics which I'll call beige-1, beige-2 and beige-3 (beige is lighter than tan but darker than printed muslin, also known as ecru-on-ecru); two pink print fabrics, pink-1 and pink-2 and one brown print fabric. Choosing fabrics with prints of different scales makes for a more interesting block. The larger patches of a block are a good place for a large-scale print. Medium and small scale prints are probably more appropriate for the smaller patches in a block.
For EACH block: from beige-1 cut 5 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2", from beige-2 cut 5 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2", from pink-1 cut 5 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and from pink-2 cut 5 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2". From beige-3 cut 2 squares 5" x 5" and from brown print cut 2 squares 5" x 5". (These are for your half-square triangle units).
Sew a beige-1 square to a pink-1 square. Press toward the pink. Repeat four more times for a total of five units. Sew a beige-2 square to a pink-2 square. Press toward the pink. Repeat four more times for a total of five units. Join unit 1 and unit 2 to form a four patch. The pink squares and beige squares will be in opposite corners. Make sure the seams at the center of the unit meet. Gently pull the seams in the seam allowance apart so that you can press the seams toward the beige. This will form a tiny "four-patch" in the center of the wrong side of this unit. (Click here to see the back of the block I scanned.) Repeat four more times for a total of five units.
Here's my method of making half-square triangle units (you may use your favorite method if you prefer). Put a 5" x 5" square each of beige-3 and brown right sides together. Draw a light line from one corner to the opposite one on the wrong side of the beige fabric. Sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut the units apart on the line and press toward the darker fabric. Trim the unit to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", making sure the seam lines up with opposite corners. I use the Bias Square tool to trim my units. Make 4 half-square triangle units for each block.
For the first row sew a half square triangle unit between two four-patch units. Press away from the half-square triangle unit. See graphic below. (Note: diagrams are to show placement only and do not include seam allowances.)
For the second row, sew a four-patch unit between two half-square triangle units. Press away from the half-square triangle units. See graphic below.
For the third row, sew a half-square triangle unit between two four-patch units. Press away from the half-square triangle unit. See graphic below.
Sew row 1 to row 2. Make sure your seams meet. Press toward row 2. Sew row 2 to row 3. Press toward row 2. See the block graphic at the top of the page for correct placement. It is easy to get this block put together wrong. I had to "unsew" several seams before I got it together correctly. Your block should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2". Click here to see the February block I scanned in.
Remember to label your blocks with at least your name (city, state, and email address are optional) 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. This ensures that you get credit for your blocks and lets the winner know who made each block.
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 the end of February. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" March 3rd. If you are catching up blocks from 2000, please get them in as soon as possible.
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the zipped file is available for download here. The file size is 199 KB because of the scanned fabrics.