Tips & Hints
Cathy picked this block. Think of a winter night's sky when you pick your fabrics. The block is made up of a dark blue or navy print and a medium to light gray print. Make sure you have a good contrast between the blue and the gray so your design won't get lost. You will be making TWO blocks for October.
This month I am providing templates and foundations. (Click on the underlined words to display the documents. Document will open up in a new window.) Please print out the one you intend to use, to make sure it is printing the correct size. The lozenge shaped patch is 3" wide and 6" long (finished measurement), the rhombus shaped patch is 1 1/2" wide and 6" long (finished measurement) and the triangle is 1 1/2" wide and 3" long (finished measurement). When printing from Adobe Acrobat Reader 6, the print window should be similar to the one below. Be sure page scaling is set to "none" so the patterns will print the correct size. You may also want to uncheck "Auto-Rotate and Center". The templates mentioned in the next paragraph also have a 1" x 1" square on the page so you can print it out to test your print settings.
If you don't like using templates or foundation patterns, I have developed a method for piecing this block from strip units which are then cut to size with custom templates. I made a block using this method and it went together very nicely. If your fabric is approximately 40" wide, cut two strips 3 1/2" wide across the width of the fabric from the gray fabric and four strips 2 1/4" wide from the navy fabric. (If you're using fat quarters you will need to cut more strips.) Sew a navy strip to each side of a gray strip, starting the blue strips about 1 1/4" down from the top of the gray strip. Press the seams toward the navy fabric. You may want to press with a little spray sizing to get the seams as flat as possible. Use these templates to cut four A units and eight B units for each block. Be sure the lines on the template match the seam lines on the strip units. Here is a diagram showing how to cut the units from the strips.
Lay all your units out as they will be sewn together in the block. Sew a Unit B to one side of a Unit A. The seams will nestle together, as they are pressed in opposite directions. Sew with a scant 1/4" seam. Press the seam open. Repeat for the adjacent side. This is 1/4 of the block. Repeat three more times for the rest of the units. Sew a set of the previous units together, using pins to line up the seams. Take care when sewing the remaining seams, as the edges are on the bias and can stretch easily. Press the seam open. Repeat. Sew these two units together, pressing the seam open. This is your first block. Repeat once more for the 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 on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seam allowance. (I previously mentioned pinning on a piece of paper, but this is not the safest thing to do. No pins, please.) 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 October. Blocks will be due to Patty by the last week of October. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.