Tips & Hints
This month's block is Patty's "thank you" block. She picked Oriental fabrics with a teal "handle". If teal doesn't go with your Oriental fabric(s), I think you can use a fabric that does. You will be making TWO blocks for September. If you are unsure what Oriental fabrics look like, ask at your local quilt or fabric store. They probably have a section of them. Click here to see some fabrics at Keepsake Quilting. Basically the fabric has stylized flowers, lots of gold accents and maybe sometimes a dragon. Geometrics are also used. The finished block will not look exactly like the block graphic. The blades won't be so pointy. I just drew it up quickly in EQ5 to the best of my ability.
This is an applique block. I think this method for making the blades is very easy and gives good results. You may applique the blades and handle down by hand or machine.
Cut a 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" Kona Snow square for the background of each block. The blades may be all the same fabric or different fabrics. The handle can be teal or something you feel matches the blades. Click here for the pdf pattern. Remember to print it out with the options to shrink or expand the page UNchecked or they will print out the wrong size.
Cut 5 blades and 2 handles for each block. The straight of grain should be going from top to bottom of the blades. To construct the blades, fold each one in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew a scant 1/4" seam along the top (longer edge). Clip a little triangle diagonally off the seam at the fold side. This will reduce bulk. Turn right side out, making sure the point of the blade is sharp and not rounded, and center the seam in the center of the wrong side of the blade, making sure your seam is pressed open. Press gently. This forms a blade with a finished top. Make 5 blades for each block in the same manner.
Sew the blades together, pinning carefully at the top and sewing from the top to the bottom. Press seams open. Trim any threads that may be showing. Lay the fan on the block, close to one corner, with the sides of the fan even with the cut edges of the block. Cut a handle piece for each block. Place it in the corner, checking to see that the rounded edge will cover the raw edges of the fan when appliqued. (I traced the pattern on freezer paper, cut the seam allowance off the curved side, lined the straight edges of the freezer paper up with the fabric piece-wrong side of fabric to dull side of freezer paper-and ironed the curved seam allowance over onto the back which is shiny and will stick to the fabric. You can easily tear the paper out after you have appliqued it.) When you are satisfied with your placement, pin everything in place and applique the blade peaks and curved edge of handle, using your favorite applique method. If you used paper inside the handle, remove it.
Repeat 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!! One more thing - be sure to write your name and whatever else you wish on the background area of Patty's block. She doesn't want iron-ons, she wants the real thing. Please use a brown pigma pen and iron it when finished.
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. Please mail your blocks by September 21st so that your blocks will arrive on time. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.