October 2003

October 2003 Block

Geometry

Tips & Hints

For the October block we're doing the Geometry block, a traditional block we discovered on Quilter's Cache. The colors are the six rainbow colors in hand-dyes, batiks, or similar-looking fabrics. No solids please. Moda Marbles and tone on tone prints are fine too. We are making 12" blocks this year (that's 12 1/2" unfinished). We will be making TWO blocks for October. Cutting instructions below are for BOTH blocks.

NumberSizeFabric
17 1/4" x 7 1/4"Red
17 1/4" x 7 1/4"Orange
43 1/2" x 6 7/8"Yellow
43 1/2" x 6 7/8"Green
43 1/2" x 6 7/8"Blue
43 1/2" x 6 7/8"Purple

Cut the red squares in half diagonally in both directions. Be sure you cut exactly from corner to corner. Cut the orange squares in half diagonally as for the red squares. You will have two triangles for each block. Take your yellow rectangles, making sure the right sides are facing up and trim the upper right corner off by cutting from the lower right corner at a 45 degree angle. Repeat for the blue rectangles. If you're not comfortable doing this, print out the templates and use them as a guide. The yellow and blue pieces use template A. You may cut these all at once, or individually if you prefer.

Take your green rectangles, making sure the right sides are facing up and trim the upper left corner off by cutting from the lower left corner at a 45 degree angle. Repeat for the purple rectangles. If you're not comfortable doing this, print out the templates and use them as a guide. The green and purple pieces use template B. You may cut these all at once, or individually if you prefer.

Sew a green and yellow piece together along the straight ends (not the diagonal ones), with right sides together. Be sure the placement matches the graphic above. Press toward the green piece. Repeat. Sew a blue and purple piece together along the straight ends (not the diagonal ones), with eight sides together. Press toward the purple piece. Repeat.

Sew the bottom of a red triangle to the top of a green and yellow unit, matching the placement in the graphic above. The corners of the red triangle will stick out an equal amount on each side. Press away from the red triangle. Repeat. Sew the bottom of an orange triangle to the top of a blue and purple unit, matching the placement in the graphic above. The corners of orange triangle will stick out an equal amount on each side. Pess toward the orange triangle. Repeat.

Sew a unit with yellow and green to a unit with blue and purple, matching the placement in the graphic above. Sew carefully, as the seam is on the bias. Since the seams are pressed in opposite directions, it should be easier to match the seams. Sew from the middle toward the corners. Press toward the red triangle. Repeat. Sew the previous units together, matching seams and sewing carefully as this is also a bias seam. Sew each side of the seam from the middle to the corners. Press toward the orange triangles. If you carefully release the stitching in the seam allowance at the middle of the block, you will get a tiny four-patch.

Repeat all instructions for the second block.

Your block should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2". Click here to see a photo of the front of the test block I made. Click here to see the back. Click here for a foundation and here for templates. You will have to cut apart the foundation pieces and tape them together along the match line. Don't tape along the stitching lines or you could gum your needle up while sewing.

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 October 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 September. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by October 24th. Please allow enough time for your envelope to travel through the mail system. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" November 1st. 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.

October 2003 Quilt

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