Floral Card Trick
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For September we're going to try something different. This block will have a "watercolor" look, as it is made with five different florals. The background is a lighter floral with more background showing and fewer flowers, and the cards are florals with less or darker background and brighter flowers. We will be making FOUR blocks for September (one will be a "Thank You" block for me and the other extra one is to make sure everyone wins a set by the end of the year). This block is more challenging than some of the previous blocks, but it should go together well if you make sure each of the nine sub-units it consists of are 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" before you sew them together. I had a hard time finding fabrics in EQ5 that were exactly what I had in mind, so be sure to click on the block front link below to see my sample block.
Below is a table with the cutting information - number of patches to cut, size of the patches and the fabric for the patch for all FOUR blocks.
Place two of each 4" x 4" floral print square right sides together with each 4" x 4" background floral square. These will be for your half-square triangle units. Draw a light line diagonally from one corner to the opposite one on the wrong side of the lighter fabric. Sew a 3/16" seam on either side of the line. Cut on the line and press the units toward the darker fabric. Trim carefully to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", making sure that the seam runs exactly from corner to corner. (I use the Bias Square tool for this.) You should now have a total of 16 half-square triangle units, four for each block. Cut the remaining 4" x 4" squares diagonally from one corner to the opposite. These will be used with the quarter-square triangles in the next step.
Cut all the 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" squares diagonally from one corner to the opposite in both directions. Be careful when making the second cut, so your resulting triangles will all be the same size. These are your quarter-square triangles. Sew a background triangle to each floral triangle, using a 3/16" seam so you will be able to trim your units to size in the next step. Press toward the darker fabric. You will have sixteen units and four each of floral triangles 1-4 left over for the center section. The background floral will be on the left of the other floral when the long side is on the bottom (see block graphic above.) Sew the remaining quarter-square triangles together in pairs, matching the block graphic for placement.
At this point you will want to lay out a sample block with the units in the correct positions according to the block graphic. This will help in getting the right fabrics in the right place. Sew a quarter-square triangle unit to its neighboring half-square triangle, using a scant 1/4" seam. Press toward the half-square triangle and carefully square up to 3 1/2", making sure that the three seams are all exactly at the corners. Sew the quarter-square triangle units for the center section together, matching the seams and the block graphic. Carefully trim to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", making sure the seams are all exactly at the corners. Again, lay your units out to make sure your fabrics are positioned correctly. Sew the units for the first row together, this time using your normal 1/4" seam (1 thread less than 1/4" to allow for the thread width). Press your seams open. Repeat for the second and third rows. Sew the first row to the second row. Use a pin to make sure your seams and points meet, and then pin in the seam on either side of the pin to make everything stays lined up as you sew. I sewed from the center to each end. Press the seam toward the first row. Sew the third row to the second row, again making sure your seams and points meet. Press the seam toward the third row. Repeat the above steps for the three remaining blocks or sew your units all at the same time as you go like an assembly line.
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, here's a foundation pattern here. I even remembered to mirror it this time!!
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 FOUR blocks for September. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by September 28th. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" October 5th so please get your blocks to her at least a week before then. If you can't get the blocks to Patty before the winners are picked, please email me for the addresses of the winners so you can mail them directly.
If you have Electric Quilt 5, the zipped file is available for download here.