April 2007

April 2007 Block

Gem Galaxy

Tips & Hints

For April we're doing a Milky Way block in jewel toned blue, red and yellow print fabrics that contrast 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. I used four different fabrics for each color in my block (well only two blues). And the blues can be a little darker as they are surrounded by yellow. We are doing TWO blocks for April.

Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:

84" x 4"Moda Marble Black
43 1/2" x 3 1/2"Moda Marble Black
162" x 2"Moda Marble Black
43 1/2" x 3 1/2"Assorted Blue Prints
162" x 2"Assorted Red Prints
84" x 4"Assorted Yellow Prints

Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of a 4" x 4" yellow 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 if you prefer. Trim to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Repeat for all 4" x 4" squares. You will have eight half-square triangle units for each block. That's a total of 16 units for two blocks. Sew a red print square to a black square. Repeat for all sets (a total of 16 for two blocks). Press toward the black. Put two sets together, with the red and black in opposite positions, to make four patches. Press the seams open or in opposite directions to form a small four patch where the seams meet on the back. There are four four patches for each block.

For the first row, sew a four patch to a half-square triangle unit then another four patch and another half-square triangle unit. See the block graphic above for correct placement. Press seams open or toward the four patches. Repeat for the third row and for the first and third rows in the second block.

For the second row, sew a half-square triangle unit to a blue square, then another half-square triangle unit and a black square. Press seams away from the half-square triangle units. For the fourth row, sew a half-square triangle unit to a black square, then another half-square triangle unit and a blue square. See block graphic for correct placement. Repeat for the second block. Join all rows, matching seams and taking care to keep the points on the triangles sharp. Be sure to check the block graphic frequently, as it's very easy to get the rows flipped or out of order. Press seams open or toward the rows with squares in them.

We are making TWO blocks for April. 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).

April 2007 Quilt