Tips & Hints
This month's block was designed by our talented, long-time swapper, Karen Boswell. The colors are Kona Snow and two "feather" colored prints in a lighter and darker shade. If you have prints that look a little like feathers, that's great.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:
Place a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Kona Snow square on one end of a 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle, right sides together. Draw a light pencil line on the Kona Snow from one corner to the opposite corner, diagonally. Sew on this line. This is called a Snowball Corner. (See the link in the January or June 2005 block instructions if needed.) Press the Kona square back over itself. Trim the seam to 1/4". See diagrams below. Black area is the part that's trimmed away. Repeat with the other color rectangle, but reverse the direction of the Snowball Corner. You will be making a total of six in each color.
Using the 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles and 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Kona Snow squares, make more Snowball Corners. The colors will be reversed. See diagrams below.
Take your previous units and put them right sides together at right angles to each other. Mark a diagonal line on the lighter fabric and sew on the line. This is similar to the way you join binding strips. Trim the seam allowance only and press. This unit should be 10 1/2" x 2 1/2". Press all your seams one way, either up or down. See diagram below. Make five more units for a total of six.
Join your remaining units, only the opposite way. See diagram below. This time press all the seams up. This will help when joining the units. These will be a mirror image of the units from the previous paragraph and the colors will also be opposites.
Sew the feather units together in pairs, checking the block graphic at the beginning of the page for placement. As the seams are pressed in opposite directions, they will nestle together and your seams will match well. Press the seams open. Make three of these units for each block. Sew a 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" Kona Snow rectangle to the bottom of two feather units and to the top of four feather units. Press toward the Kona rectangle. Sew the unit with the rectangle on the bottom between two units with the Kona rectangle on the top. Press seams open. Repeat for the second block. I am also including a pdf file with templates, if you prefer to use them. Click here. Remember to turn off all page scaling (expand page or shrink page to fit paper) so your templates will print the correct size.
The block should measure 12 1/2" square. Do not trim your blocks. 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!!
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 November. Blocks will be due to Patty by the last week of November. Please mail your blocks by November 21st so that your blocks will arrive on time. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.