Antique Friendship Block
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This month's block is Margo's "thank you" block. The colors/fabrics are 1800's reproduction look. You will be making TWO blocks for October. If you are unsure what these 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. Not all of them are from the 1800's, but they will give you some ideas. Popular colors back then were indigo, brown, pink, deep red, cadet blue, black and purple. I'm going to say this here and repeat further down on the page. Margo's block gets a real signature/saying in brown Pigma pen. You may want to write on the center rectangle before piecing it into the block, if you're nervous about messing up after the block is completed.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:
Cut the 3 1/4" Kona squares in half once diagonally for 8 half square triangles. These are for the corners of the blocks. For the middle row (row 4), sew a 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" Kona rectangle between two 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" Reproduction rectangles, matching the 2 1/2" ends. Sew the long diagonal side of a Kona half square triangle to the opposite ends of the smaller rectangles, centering the triangle on the ends and sewing without stretching. Press toward the Reproduction fabric. The triangles will stick out. Don't worry about them.
Cut the 5" x 5" Kona squares in half twice diagonally for 24 quarter square triangles. Sew a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Kona square between two 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" Reproduction rectangles. Sew a quarter square triangle to the remaining ends, matching one leg (not the diagonal) of the triangle to a 2 1/2" end and lining the other leg of the triangle with the bottom of the rectangle. The point of the triangle will stick up. Sew the other triangle to the other end, so that is a mirror image of the first one. This is row 3. Repeat this row once more for row 5. If you have a direction fabric and want it all going in the same direction, you will need to make this unit the opposite of the previous one.
Sew a quarter square triangle to the ends of a 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle as in the previous step. This is row 2. Repeat once more for row 6. Sew a half square triangle to one side of a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square as in the first step. Press toward the triangle. Sew a quarter square triangle to the adjacent sides, making sure the points of the triangles point toward the side with the half square triangle and the bottom edges are even. (See block graphic.) Press toward the square. This is row 1. Repeat once more for row 7.
Sew rows 1 and 2 together. It will be helpful if you put a pin at the middle of each row and match them. Press toward row 2. Sew rows 6 and 7 together in the same manner. Sew row 3 to row 4. The seams between the rectangles in row 4 will fall in the middle of the rectangles in row 3. You may want to pin the middles of the row 3 rectangles for easier matching. Press away from row 4. Sew row 5 to row 4 in the same manner. Sew row 2 to row 3. The seams in row 2 will match the middle of the rectangles in row 3. Press toward row 2. Sew row 6 to row 5 in the same manner.
Repeat for the second block. The block will turn out larger than 12 1/2" square and the edges will be jagged, due to the construction. Just leave it and the winners will trim them to size.
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 in the middle area of Margo'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 October. Blocks will be due to Patty by the last week of October. Please mail your blocks by October 21st so that your blocks will arrive on time. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.