September 2004

September 2004 Block

Amish Boxes

Tips & Hints

A while back we did an Amish block and we received some gorgeous blocks done with tone-on-tone fabrics rather than solids. Tone-on-tone is a fabric that "reads" as one color from a distance, but has a subtle print or color variation. The block this month will consist of a black tone-on-tone fabric and a color tone-on-tone fabric. This should not be too dark, as you will need a contrast with your black fabric. Each of your blocks may be different. You will be making TWO blocks for September.

Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:

NumberSizeFabric
46 1/2" x 3 1/2"Black Tone-on-tone
43 1/2" x 3 1/2"Black Tone-on-tone
43 1/2"x 2"Black Tone-on-tone
82" x 2"Black Tone-on-tone
46 1/2" x 3 1/2"Color Tone-on-tone
43 1/2" x 3 1/2"Color Tone-on-tone
43 1/2"x 2"Color Tone-on-tone
82" x 2"Color Tone-on-tone

When piecing your block, it is helpful to lay it out on a table or on your design wall before you start sewing. Sew two 2" x 2" squares together, one black, one color. Check to make sure your 1/4" seam is accurate. In this block, press all your seams open, for the best matching of seams in later steps. Make a total of four sets. Sew a black 3 1/2" x 2" rectangle to a set of squares. If you're holding the two-square set in front of you, the black square will be on the left and the black rectangle will attach on the top. Press the seam open. Make a total of four sets. Sew a colored 3 1/2" x 2" rectangle to the remaining square sets. This time the colored square will be on the left and the colored rectangle will attach to the top. Press seams open.

Sew a black 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square to a unit with one black square. The large black square will attach to the left side if the small black square is in the lower right corner. Press seam open. Make a total of four units. Now sew a colored 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square to a unit with one colored square. The large colored square will attach to the left side if the small colored square is in the lower right corner. See block graphic above for correct placement. Press seam open. Make a total of four units. Sew a black 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle to a unit with a large black square. The black square will be on the left and the black rectangle will attach to the top. Press seam open. Make a total of four units. Sew a colored 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle to a unit with a large colored square. The colored square will be on the left and the colored rectangle will attach to the top. Press seam open. Make a total of four units.

Sew two units with opposite coloration together, matching the block graphic above and pinning carefully at the seams. Press seam open. Repeat. Sew the two rows together, matching block graphic above. Press seam open. Repeat for second block. Your block should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" but do not trim.

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

September 2004 Quilt

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