Tips & Hints
For the August block we're doing something different. We're doing crazy blocks. Be as creative as you want with them. We are making 12" blocks this year (that's 12 1/2" unfinished). We will be making TWO blocks for August. No cutting instructions.
For each block, cut a muslin foundation approximately 13" x 13". Then choose one of these five-sided patterns for the middle of the block: middle 1 or middle 2 or if you are not comfortable with being that "crazy", here's a whole foundation. You will have to tape the pieces together. Be careful not to tape it on the sewing lines, or you could gunk up your needle when you sew.
Cut your five-sided middle from a fabric of your choice. Remember, this is a crazy block. Pull out all those scraps that you can't bear to part with, but don't know what to do with. Bright colors and fabrics with metallic accents are particularly attractive in a block like this. In my sample block I used scraps of Jinny Beyer border prints. Pin the five-sided middle to the muslin foundation. The right side is facing up.
Take a strip of fabric longer than one of the sides of the five-sided middle and line it up with the cut edge of that side, right sides together. Sew a 1/4" seam, through all layers, making sure your seam catches the length of the side you're sewing to. Press the strip away from the middle. Trim one side of the strip even with the next side of the middle and repeat the previous instructions. Continue adding strips until you've covered the whole foundation. Pressing after adding a strip will ensure that your pieces are all lying flat. Trim excess fabric to the dimensions of the foundation.
Repeat all instructions for the second block. It does not have to be the same as your first block.
That's all there is to it. Your block will be around 13" x 13", the size of your foundation. Leave the blocks for the winners to trim as they wish. Click here to see a photo of the front of the test block I made. Click here to see the back. The links to the middle templates and foundation are in the second paragraph.
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 August 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 August. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by August 29th. Please allow enough time for your envelope to travel through the mail system. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" September 6th. 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.