July 2006

July 2006 Block

A Day at the Beach

Tips & Hints

The July block is a Churn Dash variation. It has been similfied so there are no set in seams. The center is a "marine" print. Think beach, boats, fish, whatever you might see at the beach. The side pieces are a tone-on-tone that reminds you of sand and the triangles are Kona Snow.

Cutting directions for ONE block are below:

15 1/2" x 5 1/2"marine print
47 1/2" x 2 1/2"sand print
82 1/2" x 2 1/2"Kona Snow

Make the side pieces by placing a Kona Snow square even with the ends of a sand print rectangle. You will be making snowball corners. Draw a line on the wrong side of the Kona Snow squares from one corner to the opposite corner. The one on the right has the line going from the lower right corner of the Kona Snow square to the upper left corner. The one on the left has the line going the same way. Sew on the lines and press the square back onto itself to form a triangle. You may trim out the excess fabric, but be careful to trim only the seam allowance. See the block graphic above for correct placement. You may want to pin along the lines and flip the fabric back, to make sure the Kona triangles will be in the correct position. Repeat three more times.

The only tricky thing we're doing in this block is a partial seam. When you sew the first side piece to the center square, you will line it up with the left side of the center square, but you will only sew about 3/4 of the way along the center square. Part of the side piece will be loose at this point. Press seam toward the center.

Sew a side piece to the right of the center square. This time you can line up the whole side piece to the previouly sewn piece. Press toward the center. Repeat twice more. Then you can sew the rest of the partial seam you sewed first. That's all there is to this block.

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.

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo).

July 2006 Quilt