Batik Divided Square
Tips & Hints
Well, after I got everyone confused last month with my school house instructions, we're giving you a much easier block for May. This is a very basic, nine-patch variation, called the divided square. The one we're going this month is three half-square triangle units and six squares. Hopefully I can give you the instructions without messing them up. The colors we're using this month are a light and a dark batik. You pick what colors. Just have a good contrast between the light and the dark side. That's what makes the pattern when the quilt is put together.
For TWO blocks: cut from dark batik - six squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and three squares 4" x 4". From light batik - cut the same number and size of squares. No templates for this block. These pieces are easy to rotary cut and piece.
First 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 light 4" x 4" square on a dark 4" x 4" square, batiks don't usually have a right and a wrong side so you shouldn't have to worry about which side is the right side. Draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the lighter 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 six units, three for each block.
For each block - sew two dark batik squares together, press seam toward the middle square. Sew a half square triangle unit to the previous unit, making sure the dark side of the half-square triangle is sewn to the dark unit. See graphic above for placement. Press away from the half-square triangle unit. (Seams will be pressed toward eachother.)
For row two, sew a half-square triangle unit between a light and a dark square, matching the placement in the graphic above. Press seams away from the half-square triangle unit.
For row three, sew two light batik squares together. Sew a half-square triangle unit to the previous unit, matching the placement in the block graphic above. Press both seams toward the center.
Sew the three rows together, making sure your seams and points meet. Press the seams toward the center of the block. 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.
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 May. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by the 25th of May. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" June 1st so please get your blocks to her before then.
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the zipped file is available for download here.