February 2004

February 2004 Block

Valentine Triple Four Patch

Tips & Hints

Here's the February block. Jan picked out this one. As mentioned last month, we are trying different backgrounds other than the usual white-on-white and ecru-on-ecru ones this year. You will be making TWO blocks for February.

For your blocks you will need an assortment of red prints and pink prints. Pick different shades of red and pink and different scales of prints for a scrappy look. I would recommend at least four different fabrics in each color, but you may use more if you like. The small squares are a good place to use up some of your smaller scraps. Cutting instructions below are for EACH block. You are welcome to use whatever strip piecing methods you like. You certainly don't have to actually cut all those little squares. I cut strips 2" x 2", sewed them together and then cut in half.

43 1/2" x 3 1/2"Assorted Red Prints
43 1/2" x 3 1/2"Assorted Pink Prints
162" x 2"Assorted Red Prints
162" x 2"Assorted Pink Prints

Sew a 2" x 2" pink square and a 2" x 2" red square together (or use your favorite strip piecing technique). Repeat for all the 2" x 2" squares. You will have 16 units. Join two of these units, making sure the reds and pinks are in opposite corners. (See block graphic above.) You will have 8 of these four patches.

Arrange your four patches with the 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares, following the block graphic above, on your design wall or table. When you have a layout you like, sew the squares to the four patch that is next to them. Then sew the two units in the first row to the two in the second row. Now you have two larger four patches. Repeat for the third and fourth rows.

Finally, sew the top two units together, and the bottom two units together. Sew these two units together and you have the final, largest four patch. As always, press in the direction of the darker fabric or in a direction that makes your piecing easier. Be careful to match all seams. Repeat for the second block.

Your blocks 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.

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 TWO blocks for February. Blocks will be due to Patty by the last week of February. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing. Remember to put your Priority Mail stamp and your address label in with your blocks if you forgot last month. This is a one year commitment. Please don't wait until the last minute to make our blocks. We want to keep this swap moving and we want everyone to get their 24 blocks when they win.

February 2004 Quilt