Tips & Hints
For November we're going to try a purple and green combination. The background will be an ecru-on-ecru print. This is also known as a printed muslin. The fabric is the same color as unbleached muslin (not white!!) and has a subtle pattern printed on it. As usual this year, it is a 9" block (9 1/2" unfinished.) We will be making TWO blocks for November.
Below is a table with the cutting information for EACH block.
For each block: sew a 2" x 2" Green Print square to a 2" x 2" Purple Print square, using a scant quarter inch seam. Repeat. Press seams toward the purple 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 green this time, 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 2" x 2" Green Print square to a 2" x 2" Ecru-on-ecru print square. Repeat. Press seams toward the green fabric. Sew this unit to a green rectangle, matching the placement in the block graphic above. Repeat. Press seams toward the green rectangle.
Sew a 2" x 2" Purple Print square to a 2" x 2" Ecru-on-ecru print square. Repeat. Press seams toward the purple fabric. Sew this unit to a purple rectangle, matching the placement in the block graphic above. Repeat. Press seams toward the purple rectangle.
Place a 4" x 4" Green Print square right sides together with a 4" x 4" Ecru-on-ecru 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 scant 1/4" 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.) Repeat with the Purple Print. You will have two half-square triangle units of each color.
Lay your units out on a flat surface, making sure they match the block graphic above. Sew the units for the first row together. Press toward the center unit. Sew the units for the second row together. Press away from the center unit. Sew the units for the third row together. Press toward the center unit. Sew rows one and two together, carefully matching seams. Sew row three to row two, again matching seams. Check to make sure your seams match and your points are not cut off or too far from the seam. Press seams toward row two.
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 November. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by November 30th. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" December 7th (I hope) 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.