March 2007

March 2007 Block

Hovering Hawks

Tips & Hints

For March we're using a quilting or sewing related print fabric that contrasts nicely with your Moda Marble black background. Your blocks don't have to be the same. This is a good way to use up some of the fabrics in your stash. We are doing TWO blocks for March.

Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:

104" x 4"Sewing Print
104" x 4"Moda Marble Black
123 1/2" x 3 1/2"Moda Marble Black

Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of a 4" x 4" sewing print square. Place 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 or press open as there will be a lot of seams in this block. Trim to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Repeat for all 4" x 4" squares. You will have ten half-square triangle units for each block. That's a total of 20 units for two blocks.

For the first row, sew a black square, two half-square triangle (HST) units and another black square together. The sewing print triangle in the HST units will be in the lower left. (See block graphic.) Press seams open. For the second row, sew an HST unit (sewing fabric triangle in the upper right position), a black square and two more HST's (sewing fabric triangle in the lower left position) together. Press seams open. Join this to the first row, matching seams and taking care that the points meet. Press seam open.

For the third row, join two HST units (sewing fabric in the upper right position), a black square and another HST unit (sewing fabric in lower left position). Press seams open and join to the first two rows. Press seam open. For the fourth row, join a black square, two HST units (sewing fabric in the upper right position) and another black square. Press seams open. Join this row to the previous row and press the seam open. Check the block graphic to make sure your block has been pieced correctly. Repeat for the second block.

We are making TWO blocks for March. 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 them 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.

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

March 2007 Quilt