Americana Ocean Waves
Tips & Hints
I fell in love with this block on the July page of my American Patchwork and Quilting Calendar so this is the block we're doing for July. I've chosen a slightly different color scheme from the calendar. We will be using Americana colors: barn red (not primary red), navy (not primary blue) and tan (not white).
I realize I've been over-extending myself with the BOM instructions. I'll keep them short and sweet this month, with no additional graphics. I just can't keep up the pace with all the extra overtime at work. Maybe if we get some help at work I'll have more time for a life!!
For your blocks you will need an assortment of red, navy or medium blue and tan print fabrics. Try to keep your color choices away from primaries. And the scrappier the better. This will give the blocks an antique look. Cut two red print squares - 8 7/8"x8 7/8". Cut in half diagonally. Cut four navy print squares and four tan print squares - 2 7/8"x2 7/8". Cut in half diagonally. These will be for your extra triangles. Cut two red print squares 3" x 3". These will be for the half square triangles that form the little red pinwheels between blocks. Cut 14 navy print squares 3" x 3". Cut 16 tan print squares 3" x 3". These will be for your half square triangles. THESE CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS ARE ENOUGH FOR *BOTH* blocks.
Place the small navy or red square right sides together with the tan squares. Draw a line from corner to corner diagonally and sew 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line and press away from the tan triangle. Trim to 2 1/2"x2 1/2" using a bias square ruler or use your favorite half square triangle method (i.e. triangles on a roll, etc.) You will have 16 units for each block, two red and tan and 14 navy and tan.
Sew a red and tan unit to a navy and tan unit for the first row. Then sew an extra tan triangle to the right. (See block graphic.) For the second row sew three navy and tan half square triangles together with an extra tan triangle on the right. For the third and fourth rows sew three navy and tan half square triangles together with an extra navy triangle on the left and an extra tan triangle on the right. For the fifth row, sew three navy and tan half square triangles together with a navy triangle on the left. For the sixth (last) row sew a navy and tan unit to a red and tan unit and sew a navy triangle to the left. Press seams in each row in opposite directions so the seams will nestle when you sew each row together.(See block graphic.)
Sew rows one through six together, matching seams and offsetting rows as necessary (see block graphic). Press all row seams one way. Sew a large red triangle to opposite diagonal sides checking block graphic for correct placement. Match the center of the bias edge of the large triangle to the point of the middle small triangle on each side. Sew carefully as this is a bias seam and you don't want to stretch it. Press toward the red triangles. Your block should measure 12 1/2"x12 1/2".
That's all there is to the block. Ocean waves is pretty easy when you break it down into half square triangles. I hope you enjoyed making it. I simply don't have time to make a sample block this month and still get the instructions uploaded tonight. If you have any questions or comments, email me or post a note on the MSN BOM Community
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 MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for July. Blocks will be due to Patty by the end of July. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" August 4th. We won't be getting together at all in July because I'll be going on vacation two days before Patty gets back. But we'll draw winners for May, June and July. (If we have received enough blocks - that's at least 20.) Now is a good time to get caught up if you've gotten a little behind.
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the zipped file is available for download here. I may be a little late uploading the EQ4 file and I'll try to get the June file done too.