July 2004

July 2004 Block

Cracker - 50's Style

Tips & Hints

Here's the July block. My turn to pick again. I was inspired by a Simply Quilts program on 50's fabrics and colors. Those of you who were around during the 50's will recognize this color combination. Very retro and coming back in style. You will be making THREE blocks for July. (One will be my "thank you " block.)

I know everyone wants to get started on their blocks. I recommend you either use the foundation patterns or the templates. Be sure your patterns are printing out the correct size. Each section of the foundations should measure 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" from the outside dashed lines. The triangle template measures 3" on each short leg, on the solid lines. (It's a little hard to measure on the dashed lines, as the corners are rounded off.) The rectangle is approximately 1 7/8" wide and 4 3/4" long, measured from the outside dashed lines.

If you are using templates, sew the three rectangles side to side. Press toward the black. This unit will measure just a little less than 4 3/4" x 4 3/4". Sew triangles to opposite sides of the previous unit. Press toward the triangles, Sew the remaining triangles to the other two opposite sides and press toward the triangles. Your units should be 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". Sew four units together for each block, matching the color placement in the block graphic above.

If you are doing the foundations, you should cut the fabric for the inner triangles at least 1/2" larger than the finished size, about 5 1/4" x 2 1/2". Trim the excess fabric as you sew. Although the program numbered one of the triangles as number one, I would recommend that you piece the inner rectangles first. Then sew on the triangles. Cut the triangles about 5" x 5" and then cut them in half diagonally. That way you will have the edges of your block on the grain, not the bias. If you have any questions about the blocks, post a message to the group or email me.

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 THREE blocks for July. Blocks will be due to Patty by the last week of July. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.

July 2004 Quilt

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