March 2001

March 2001 Block

Twirling Stars

Tips & Hints

Here's the March block. As with all the blocks this year, this one is a 12" block (that's 12 1/2" unfinished). This month we will be using blues and golds with a cheerful yellow center. We need to get a little bit ahead on the blocks as we have 27 swappers this year, so you will be making a total of FOUR blocks this month.

We will be using ten fabrics - four blue print fabrics which I'll call blue-1, blue-2, blue-3 and blue-4 (this should be a medium blue); four gold print fabrics, gold-1, gold-2, gold-3 and gold-4; a yellow print fabric and white-on-white print fabric (for the background). Choosing fabrics with prints of different scales makes for a more interesting block.

For FOUR blocks: from the yellow print cut 4 squares 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", from white-on-white print cut 16 5" x 5" squares (for half-square triangles), from blue-1, blue-2, blue-3, blue-4, gold-1, gold-2, gold-3, and gold-4 cut 2 squares of each 5" x 5" (for half-square triangles).

You will be making mostly half-square triangles for this block. Here's my method of making half-square triangle units (you may use your favorite method if you prefer). Put each 5" x 5" square of blue-1, blue-2, blue-3 and blue-4 right sides together with a white-on-white square. Draw a light line from one corner to the opposite one on the wrong side of the white 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. Repeat for gold-1 through 4. You will have a total of 16 blue and white and 16 gold and white half-square triangle units.

For the first row, sew a gold and white half-square triangle unit between two blue and white half-square triangle units. Press away from the middle unit. Repeat three more times for your remaining blocks. See graphic below. (Note: diagrams are to show placement only and do not include seam allowances.)

For the second row, sew a yellow square between two gold and white half-square triangle units. Press toward the square. Repeat three more times for your remaining blocks. See graphic below.

For the third row, sew a gold and white half-square triangle unit between two blue and white half-square triangle units. Press away from the middle unit. Repeat three more times for your remaining blocks. See graphic below.

(Click here to see the back of the block I scanned.)

Sew row one to row two. Notice that the seam allowances go in opposite directions. This helps the seams to match correctly. Be sure you don't cut off any points when you sew your seam. Press toward row two. Repeat for your remaining blocks.

Sew row two to row three. Press toward row two. Your finished block should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2". If it doesn't, check to make sure you're sewing accurate 1/4" seams and adjust if necessary.

Click here to see the March 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 FOUR blocks for March. Blocks will be due to Patty by the end of March. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" April 7th. 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 415 KB because of the scanned fabrics.

March 2001 Quilt

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