Tips & Hints
The August block is called Art Square in Barbara Brackman's book. I've simplied the piecing of it by breaking it down into four flying geese units and some squares. The center fabric should remind you of a harvest. Fruits, veggies, whatever. The fabric for the triangles in the geese units should be some kind of basket-like fabric and the corner squares are Kona Snow.
Cutting directions for ONE block are below:
Make the flying geese unit by placing a basket print square at one end of a harvest print rectangle. Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of the square. Sew along the line and press the triangle back onto itself. Trim only the seam allowance to 1/4". Repeat this at the other end of the rectangle, with the line draw in the opposite direction. Press and trim as before. Repeat three more times.
Sew one of the previous units to each side of the large square and be careful to sew the side of the flying geese unit with the harvest print to the square (not the other side as I did and have to rip it out). Press toward the large square. Sew a Kona square to each end of the remaining geese units. Press toward the Kona squares. Sew these units to the top and bottom of the previously sewn unit. You may want to pin your seams carefully as there are several seams coming together and you want to have nice sharp points. I usually rip out once if I don't like the way the seams come togther. If I don't get it right the second time, I figure it's meant to be and just leave it. Press toward the large square. Check the block graphic for correct placement. I like to lay my pieces out as they will go into the block, so it's easier to keep them straight. (Might have helped me last night.)
That's all their is to this block. It took me longer to get this webpage ready than it took me to cut and piece the 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.