Tips & Hints
For the July block we're doing a block with floral fabrics. We found this block at Quilter's Cache. Use a large, densely packed floral (with very little background showing) for the main design and a small floral with lots of background showing for the background areas. If your fabric has areas of both kinds, you may "fussy cut" your patches to utilize those areas. See the front of my test block to see what it looks like. We are making 12" blocks this year (that's 12 1/2" unfinished). We will be making TWO blocks for July. Cutting instructions for EACH block below.
These cutting instructions will work with the piecing instructions below. If you are using templates or doing foundation piecing, you will need to adjust your cutting to match your method.
Please read through all the directions carefully before you begin cutting and sewing. Piecing instructions are for one block. Repeat for second block. First we'll make the half-square triangle units. Put a 4" x 4" dark floral square right sides together with a 4" x 4" light floral square. Draw a light pencil line on the wrong side of the lighter fabric from one corner to the opposite corner. Sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of the line. Cut on the line. Press toward the coordinating print (away from the sewing print.) Trim carefully to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". I use the bias square tool. I like the 8" size, because there's lots of room to hold it down well with my left hand. Be sure the diagonal line goes from corner to opposite corner. Any variations in this will result in piecing errors later on. Repeat once more for a total of four half-square triangle units.
Sew a dark floral and a light floral 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square together. Press toward the dark floral square. Repeat three more times. Sew a half square triangle unit to the ends of two of the previous units, making sure the light triangles are facing out as in the block graphic above. Press seams toward the half-square triangle units.This is the first row. Repeat for the last row. Turn this row the opposite of the first row.
Sew the remaining two square units on either side of the 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square, matching the placement in the block graphic above. The light floral is on the top on the right side and on the bottom on the left side. Press seams toward the large inner square. This is the middle row.
Join the first row to the middle row, matching seams. Press the seam toward the large inner square. Join the last row to the middle row, matching seams. Press the seam toward the large inner square. Check to make sure your block matches the block graphic above. 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 but no foundation pattern.
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 July 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 July. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by July 25th. Please allow enough time for your envelope to travel through the mail system. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" probably around August 16th, as I will be on vacation until August 11th. So you have a little extra time if you need it. 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.