April 2003

April 2003 Block

Plaid Arkansas Crossroads

Tips & Hints

For the April block we're doing the Arkansas Crossroads block. This block is also known as Road to Oklahoma. You will be using two woven plaids (looks the same on the front and back) and one tan print. You should be sure there is contrast between your two plaids and between them and the tan print so the pattern will show. We are making 12" blocks this year (that's 12 1/2" unfinished). We will be making TWO blocks for April.

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

26 1/2" x 6 1/2"Tan Print
43 1/2" x 3 1/2"Light Plaid
83 1/2" x 3 1/2"Dark Plaid

First make a "snowball" corner on opposite corners of each tan square with four of the dark plaid 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares. You will sew diagonally, press the remaining fabric back toward the corner and trim as you prefer. Just be careful you don't trim the wrong fabric!! I've done it a time or two. Please click here to see pictures of the steps.

Now sew a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" dark plaid square to a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" light plaid square. Press toward the dark plaid. Repeat three more times. Take two of these units and sew together to form a four-patch. Press all the seams going around in the same direction. If you gently release the seam allowance in the middle you should have a tiny four-patch. This helps the block to lie flatter. The dark plaid squares will be in opposite corners as will the light plaid squares.

Sew a tan square unit to a four-patch unit, making sure the dark plaid triangle on the tan unit is next to the light plaid square on the four-patch. Press toward the four-patch. See block graphic above. Repeat. Sew these units together, making sure the four-patches are in opposite corners as are the tan units. Again, press your seams going around in the same direction and you will have another little four-patch in the center of the back of your block. Repeat all instructions for the second block.

That's all there is to it. Your block should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" (unfinished). Click here to see a photo of the front of the test block I made. Click here to see the back. There are templates this month and a foundation piecing pattern. (Print two foundation patterns for each block.)

Remember to label your blocks on the BACK of your block. Sticking a return address label on each is an easy way to do this and you're already putting one on the envelope anyway. If you use pen, please use something that is permanent, like a pigma or archival album pen. Do not forget to label your blocks. On the outside of the envelope, in the lower left corner, please write which month(s) the blocks is(are) for (i.e. BOM Apr 2003). This helps Patty separate the BOM envelopes from the rest of her mail.

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 April. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by April 30th. Please allow enough time for your envelope to travel through the mail system. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" May 3rd, 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 the blocks to them directly.

I will not be including an Electric Quilt file anymore, unless there is a huge demand for it. Email me if you would like one and I'll send it to you.

April 2003 Quilt