Tips & Hints
Here's the September block. I guess it's time to pick a "thank you" block for myself. I've always wanted a Jewel Box quilt. I helped my mom make one for herself. This Jewel Box will have a dark background. Pick black tone-on-tone prints that read as black from a distance, but no plain black please. Your prints could have a print in dark gray, purple, navy, burgundy, anything that reads dark when you step back from it. The intent is to have a very rich looking block with a good contrast with the "jewel" fabrics. The jewel fabrics should be tone-on-tone fabrics that remind you of jewels. Ruby, garnet, topaz, emerald, turquoise, sapphire, aquamarine, amethyst are the colors you are looking for. If the prints have gold or silver metallic highlights, so much the better. You will be making THREE blocks for September.
For your blocks you will need an assortment of black tone-on-tone fabrics and jewel colored tone-on-tone fabrics. I used eight of each for my sample block. Make your blocks as scrappy as you like. For EACH block: cut from black tone-on-tone print - 4 squares 4" x 4" (for 1/2 square triangles) and 16 squares 2" x 2", and from assorted jewel colored tone-on-tone prints 4 squares 4" x 4" (for 1/2 square triangles) and 16 squares 2" x 2".
Sew half square triangles by placing a jewel tone fabric 4" x 4" square with a black print fabric square of the same size, right sides together. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite one, on the wrong side of the jewel toned fabric. Sew 1/4" from each side of the line. Cut on the line. Press the seam (carefully so as not to stretch the bias seam) to one side (the block will go together more easily if you press half of the units toward the black and half toward the jewel tone - you can see from the back of my sample block that I didn't do this.) Trim the unit to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Make eight half square triangle units for each block.
Make four-patches by sewing black print 2" x2" squares to jewel tone square of the same size, right sides together. Make 16 of these units. Press toward the black square. Take two of these units and sew them together, making sure the black squares are not next to each other. Gently separate the seam in the seam allowance only and press toward the jewel tone fabric, forming a tiny four-patch on the wrong side. (See the back of the block.) Make eight four-patches for each block.
Lay your units out, using the block graphic as a guide. Sew the units together by row and then sew the rows together. Try to have the seams going in opposite directions where possible to help the blocks got together easily. Using a pin where the points of the half-square triangle units go together may help you get nice points that are not cut off.
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 THREE blocks for September. Blocks will be due to Patty by the end of September. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" October 6th so please try to get your blocks to her earlier in the week. Remember to send the blocks to Patty's post office box. Email one of us if you need the address.
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, July and August files done too if I get the time. (Am I getting a little behind or what?)