July 2002

July 2002 Block

Oriental Dragon's Teeth

Tips & Hints

Here's the July block. I saw a similar quilt in the quilt shop and quickly sketched a couple of blocks. I'm not sure if this is what it actually looked like, but it's close. This month we will be using an oriental print with a gray tone-on-tone background. You will be making an extra block as a "Thank You" block for Patty, so you will be making a total of THREE blocks.

Below is a table with the cutting information - number of patches to cut, size of the patches and the fabric for the patch. Note: you will have an extra half-square triangle unit left over after you're done piecing the blocks.

39 1/2" x 3 1/2"Oriental
39 1/2" x 3 1/2"Gray
54" x 4"Oriental
54" x 4"Gray

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 an Oriental print 4" x 4" square on a gray tone-on-tone print 4" x 4" square. Draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the gray 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 ten units, three for each block with one left over.

For each block - sew three half-square triangle units together, being sure they are all going the same way, as in the block graphic above. Press seams toward the Oriental fabric. This unit should measure 3 1/2" x 9 1/2".

Sew a gray rectangle to the side with the gray triangle sides facing out and an Oriental rectangle to the side with the Oriental triangle sides facing out. See block graphic above for correct placement. Be sure your points are not cut off. You may want to sew your seam with a longer stitch at first, to make sure your points are pefect, so it's easier to rip out part if necessary. When you are satisfied with your points, sew the seam again with a regular stitch length. Press the seams away from the half-square triangle units.

Your block should measure 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" (unfinished). Click here to see a scan of the front of the test block I made. Click here to see the back. For those of you who prefer templates click here. And if you like to paper piece, I also have a foundation pattern in a 6" size here as an extra bonus. I couldn't include one in a 9" size, because most of you don't have printers that can print on 11" x 17" paper.

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 July. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by the 27th of July. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" August 3rd so please get your blocks to her before then.

If you have Electric Quilt 4, the zipped file is available for download here.

July 2002 Quilt