Tips & Hints
Here's the November block. Sorry it's so late. The name of one quarter of this block is Buckeye Beauty. The setting of four together has been popularized by Eleanor Burns and Jinny Beyer as Jewel Box. We're doing the block in autumn colors and Patty thought it looked like a wreath. You will be making THREE blocks for November.
For your blocks you will need an assortment of tan background fabrics and autumn colored fabrics. Autumn colors are red, orange, yellow, gold, brown and moss green. I used four tans, two greens, two browns and an assortment of the other colors for my sample block. You may make your blocks as scrappy as you like. Leaf prints would be especially nice in this block. Cutting instructions below are for EACH block. If you would prefer, templates are also available in pdf format.
Sew half square triangle units by placing a autumn fabric 4" x 4" square with a tan print fabric square of the same size, right sides together. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite one, on the wrong side of the tan fabric. Sew a scant 1/4" from each side of the line. Cut on the line. Press the seam (carefully so as not to stretch the bias seam) to one side (the block will go together more easily if you press half of the units toward the tan and half toward the autumn fabric - see my sample block back.) Trim the unit to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Make eight assorted half square triangle units for each block.
Make four-patches by sewing tan print 2" x 2" squares to autumn squares of the same size, right sides together. I used strips of tan fabric 2" wide and sewed the squares to them. Then I cut them to size. Make 16 of these units. Press away from the tan square. Take two of these units and sew them together, making sure the tan squares are not next to each other. Press the seams so that there will be opposing seams when the units are sewn together. You may need to re-press as you're assembling the block. Make eight four-patches for each block. These should measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". If they are larger, your seams are smaller than 1/4". If they are smaller, your seams are larger than 1/4".
Lay your units out, using the block graphic as a guide. When you have an arrangement you like, sew the units together by rows and then sew the rows together. Try to have the seams going in opposite directions where possible to help the blocks go together easily. Using a pin where the points of the half-square triangle units go together may help you get nice points that are not cut off. Repeat the previous steps for the other two blocks.
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 seam allowance. 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 THREE blocks for November. Blocks will be due to Patty by the end of the year at the very latest. Remember, you need to be current through at least your October blocks to sign up for the 2004 swap.