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The fabrics for this block are a print that you might find on your mother's china: paisleys, florals, Victorian prints, Oriental prints, use your imagination, and the background is Kona Snow. As usual, we will be making three blocks this month. One will be a "thank you" block for Margo.
Cutting directions for ONE block are below:
This block is a little more complicated than the ones we've done so far this year, but I'm sure you'll all enjoy making it. I am including a paper piecing pattern for the center (square in a square) portion of the block, those who want to use it. Click on the words paper piecing pattern in the previous sentence. Here are the piecing instructions for the center unit. Cut the Kona 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square in quarters from corner to opposite corner. Sew the long side of each of two triangles to opposite sides of the 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" print square. Press towards the Kona triangles. Repeat for the other two sides of the square. Cut the two 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares in half from corner to opposite corner. Sew the long sides of two of these triangles to opposite sides of the previous unit. Be sure to sew through the "x" in the seam created by the first step, so your triangle points are not cut off. Press toward the print triangles. Repeat for the other two sides. This unit should measure 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". If it's larger or smaller, check your seams to make sure they are all a scant (one thread less than) 1/4".
Make eight half-square triangle units using your favorite method or use the one I like. Place a Kona Snow 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square and a print 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 the print. Square these up to 2" x 2". Repeat for a total of eight.
Sew a 2" x 3 1/2" Kona rectangle between two half square triangle units. The half square triangle units go in opposite directions. See block graphic above for correct placement. Press toward the Kona rectangle. Repeat for a total of four units. Sew one of these units to each side of the center unit. Press toward the center unit.
Sew a 2" x 2" print square to each end of the two remaining units from the previous paragraph. Press toward the print square. Repeat. Sew one of these units to the top and bottom of your block. Press towards the center. 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.