Chinese New Year
Tips & Hints
For February we're doing a block that's a Bear's Paw variation. It may look familiar as we did it with a gray background a few years back, under the name Dragon's Teeth. Use an Oriental fabric that contrasts nicely with your Moda Marble black background. Your blocks don't have to be all the same. This is a good way to use up some of the fabrics in your stash. You'll have an extra half square triangle unit when you're finished, so you might want to make an extra block for the comfort quilt project. I might as well give instructions for four blocks. That way you will have an extra to keep or to send in. Your choice.
Cutting directions for FOUR blocks are below:
Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of a 5" x 5" Oriental print square. Place half right sides together with a Moda Marble black square. Sew a scant quarter inch on each side of the line. Cut along the line. Press toward the black. Trim to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2". Repeat for all squares. You will use three of each unit for each block. That's a total of 12 units for four blocks.
Sew three of the units from the previous step together. See block graphic above for correct placement. Press the seams all going the same way or open. Sew a Oriental rectangle to the bottom of the three half square triangle units. This is the side that touches the Oriental fabric side of the unit. Sew a Moda Marble black rectangle to the top of the block. Press both seams toward the rectangles.
Repeat for a total of four blocks. You may send in three and keep one for yourself or send in all four if you prefer. The blocks are 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished. Do not trim your blocks. Let the winners of the blocks trim them as necessary when they set them into a quilt top. And remember to label your blocks (sticky address label is a good method). Send your blocks to Patty. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. If you haven't sent in your Priority stamp and mailing label, include it with your blocks. 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. Another reminder, all blocks should be made with 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabrics that have been washed, dried and pressed.