Patriotic Half Log Cabin
Tips & Hints
Here's the June block. Terri picked out this one. It's a half log cabin with squares where the logs meet. We did a similar block in 2002 with Amish colors. You will be making TWO blocks for June.
For your blocks you will need two or more blue prints, a cream background print and two or more red prints (there should be some contrast between your reds). No templates this month. This block is simple to rotary cut. Cutting instructions below are for both blocks.
Sew a cream square to a blue square, right sides together, with a scant 1/4" seam. Repeat. Press toward the blue fabric. Join these two units, matching seams and having the cream opposite the blue and vice versa. Press open, to one side, or in a little 4-patch configuration (your preference.) Repeat for the second block. This is the cream and blue 4-patch in the corner of your block.
Sew a blue square to the end of one 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" red rectangle. Press toward the red. Sew the other rectangle of the same size to the bottom of the 4-patch, making sure the blue squares are in the upper left and lower right, as in the block graphic above. Press toward the red fabric. Join the other rectangle (with the blue square sewn on) to the right side of the previous unit, matching the seams. The blue square is on the bottom of the rectangle, so the blue squares form a diagonal row through the block. Press toward the red fabric. Repeat for the second block.
Continue in the same fashion, each time using a longer rectangle set and pressing toward the red. Check the block graphic above for correct placement. Make sure you do not have two of the same red fabrics side by side, so your blocks will have a nice contrast.
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. This is not optional.
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 June. Blocks will be due to Patty by the last week of June. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.