Tips & Hints
This month's theme is Patriotic! I've designed this cute flag block for you. Use blue and red prints with your Kona Snow, scrappy or not as you prefer.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:
Sew a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" Kona Snow rectangle to each side of a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" red rectangle. Press toward the red rectangle. Sew a 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" red rectangle to each side of a 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" Kona Snow rectangle. Press away from the Kona Snow rectangle.
Make four half square triangle units, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" unfinished, using your favorite method, using blue and Kona Snow. Here's how I make them. Place a 3" x 3" Kona Snow square on a blue square of the same size, right sides together. Draw a light pencil line from one corner to the opposite corner. Sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut apart on the line. Press toward the blue. Trim to 2 1/2" x 2 1/2", being sure that the seam runs exactly from one corner to the opposite corner. Repeat three more times for a total of four half square triangle units.
Sew a blue 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square to each side of a half square triangle unit (made in the previous step.) The legs of the Kona triangle are facing left and down. (See block graphic above.) This is the first row. Sew a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Kona Snow square between two triangle units. The legs of the Kona triangle are facing right and down on the left side and left and up on the right side. This is the second row. Repeat the first row again for the third row, except the half square triangle unit is flipped. The legs of the Kona triangle face right and up. (See block graphic above for correct placement.
Sew row one of the star unit to row two. Press away from row two, or press the seams open. Sew row three to row two. Press away from row two, or press the seams open. Pin carefully so that your seams will meet. Sew the unit with the three shorter stripes to the right side of the star unit. Press toward the stripe unit or press the seams open. Sew the longer stripe unit to the bottom of the previous unit. Press towards the longer stripe unit.
Repeat piecing instructions for the second block.
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. No straight pins, please. Safety pins are okay. 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 July. Please mail your blocks by July 21st so that your blocks will arrive on time. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.