Tulip Lady Fingers
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The April block is called Tulip Lady Fingers. This block is a variation of the original block. I made the "tulips" a little larger. The fabrics are a large multi-colored floral print in "tulip" colors, two coordinating fabrics and the background is Kona Snow.
Cutting directions for ONE block are below:
Sew the floral print 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square between two Kona Snow 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares using a scant 1/4" seam. Remember scant means only a thread or so less. Press toward the Kona Snow squares. This will be your second row. This unit should measure 9 1/2" in length after pressing, so adjust your seams accordingly. Every machine is different. I also try to piece blocks so the cross grain of the fabric goes horizontally on the block. There will be a little "give" in the sections when you're putting them together, which helps when matching seams.
Place a Kona Snow 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square and a Color 1 square right sides together. Draw a light pencil line on the wrong side of the Kona Snow square. Sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut apart on the line and press toward Color 1. Square these up to 2" x 2". Or use your favorite method for making half square triangles. Repeat. This will make four half square triangle units. Place a 2" x 2" Kona Snow square in the upper left corner of a 2" x 3 1/2" Color 2 rectangle. Draw a light pencil line from the upper right to lower left on the square. Sew along the line and press it back onto itself. This is a snowball corner. You may choose to not trim, trim one layer or trim both layers. Just be careful to trim only in the seam allowance. Make two of these and two with the square in the upper right corner of the rectangle.
Sew a 2" x 2" Kona Snow square to the half square triangle units. Press away from the half square triangle. See the block graphic above for correct placement. The square is sewn to the Color 1 side, not the Kona Snow side. I like to lay out the units of my block in the correct order and I return the sub units to their proper place after I have pieced and pressed them, so I keep everything organized. It's really easy to get units of a block turned around if you're not paying attention. Sew each of these units to the rectangle units, using the block graphic above for reference. Press toward the rectangle unit.
Sew a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Kona Snow square between two of the units from the previous step. Press toward the Kona Snow squares. The units will be mirror images of each other. This is the first row. Repeat once more for the last row. Using the block graphic above, join your three rows, matching seams. Your seams will be pressed in opposite directions, which will make lining them up easier. Press the seams toward the middle row. Repeat the instructions twice more for a total of three blocks.
Send your blocks to Patty. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. If your blocks are late, you won't be in the drawing for that month and you'll cause more expense and work for Patty.