October 2002

October 2002 Block

Amish Half Log Cabin

Tips & Hints

For October we're going to do Amish colors. You don't have to use all one color family, like my sample graphics, but your colors should go from lightest to darkest. My sample block is done that way. As usual this year, it is a 9" block (9 1/2" unfinished.) We will be making TWO blocks for October.

Below is a table with the cutting information for EACH block.

62" x 2"Black Solid
22" x 2"Lightest Solid
23 1/2" x 2"Medium Light Solid
25" x 2"Medium Solid
26 1/2" x 2"Medium Dark Solid
28" x 2"Darkest Solid

For each block: sew a 2" x 2" Lightest Solid square to a Black Solid square, using a scant quarter inch seam. Repeat. Press seams toward the black fabric. Sew these two units together, matching the seams and the placement in the graphic above to make a four-patch. Press the seam toward the black, carefully releasing the seam at the intersection. You will have a tiny four-patch on the wrong side. This unit should measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Sew a black square to the end of one 3 1/2" x 2" Medium Light Solid rectangle. Press seam away from the black. Doing this will assure opposing seams later in the assembly process. Sew the other rectangle to the side of the previous unit matching the placement in the graphic above. Press the seam toward the rectangle. Sew the unit made from the rectangle and square to the adjoining side, matching the seam. Press toward the rectangle. The unit should now measure 5" x 5"

Following the instructions in the previous paragraph, add the Medium Solid 5" x 2" rectangles, the Medium Dark Solid rectangles and the Darkest Solid rectangles, matching the fabric placement to the block graphic and pressing as instructed after every seam.

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, there's a foundation pattern here.

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 October. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by October 26th. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" November 2nd 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.

October 2002 Quilt