Tips & Hints
This month's block has the look of a flower because of the color placement. The color scheme this month is a victorian print flower, mossy green print leaves, gold print center and tan print background. Victorian colors are rose, lavender, gold, burgundy, etc. The blocks will be nine inches finished (9 1/2" unfinished). You will be making TWO blocks for February.
For EACH block: cut from tan print - two squares 4" x 4" (for half-square triangle units), three squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", one rectangle 3 1/2" x 2" and one square 2" x 2". Cut from victorian print - one square 4" x 4"(for half-square triangle units) and one square 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Cut from mossy green print cut one square 4" x 4" (for half-square triangle units). Cut from gold print one square 2" x 2". For those of you who prefer templates, I am including printable templates this year in pdf format. Click here to see them. Click on the Adobe icon at the bottom of the page if you need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Sew the small gold square to the small tan square, right sides together with a 1/4" seam. Press toward the gold fabric. This unit will now measure 2" x 3 1/2". If it is smaller, your seam is too wide. If it is larger, your seam is too narrow. It is very important to get this unit the right size, as it must be the same length as the rectangle. Sew the tan rectangle to the square unit you just made. Be sure you sew it on so it looks like the block graphic above. Press toward the rectagle. (In this case the seam is pressed away from the side with more seams instead of toward the dark fabric.)
Now it's time to make your half-square triangle units. I give you an easy way here, but you may use any method you prefer. Just make sure your units measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" when finished and that they are square and the seam goes from corner to corner. This is very important for your block construction. Place a green 4" x 4" square on a tan 4" x 4" square, right sides together. Repeat with a victorian print square on a tan square. Draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the tan square and sew a scant 1/4" on either side of the line. Cut on the line. Press seam toward the darker fabric and trim to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". You should have four units - two green and tan and two victorian and tan.
Sew the square and rectangle unit to a victorian and tan half-square triangle unit, making sure the placement matches the graphic. Sew a tan square to the half-square triangle unit. Press seams away from the half-square triangle unit. This is the first row. This unit should measure 9 1/2" x 3 1/2". Sew a victorian print square between a victorian and tan half-square triangle unit and a green and tan unit. Match the placement to the graphic. Press seams toward the square. This is the second row. It should measure the same as the first row. Sew a green and tan half-square triangle unit between two tan squares, matching the placement in the block graphic. Press seams toward the squares. This is your third row.
Sew row one to row two. You will notice that the seams go in opposite directions. This will help you have seams that match. Be careful not to cut the points off the triangles when you sew your seam. Press the seam toward row one. Sew row three to the first two rows. Again the seams will go in opposite directions. Press the seam toward row three. Your block should measure 9 1/2" x 9 1/2". If your block is larger, please do NOT trim it. This will cause the points to be cut off when the blocks are set together. Please make an effort to sew with scant 1/4" seams and your block will come out the correct size. Click here to see a scan of the front of the test block I made. Click here to see the back.
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. Also remember to include your $3.50 Priority Mail Stamp if you did not mail it with your January blocks.
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 February. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by the 24th of February. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" February 2nd so please get your blocks to her before then. Email one of us if you need the address.
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the zipped file is available for download here.