Tips & Hints
For June we're doing a Grape Basket block, which is one of our "Oldies But Goodies" from September of 1998. Until now these were only on the Quilting Paradise website and I wanted to get them onto the BOM website with instructions and this was a perfect way to do it. There are two batik prints used in this block and Moda Marble black for the background. Make sure your batiks contrast nicely with each other and the Moda Marble black. Your blocks don't have to be the same. This is a good way to use up some of the fabrics in your stash. This month will be thank you block for Margo so we are doing THREE blocks for June. If you want to make a block for yourself, there will be some spare pieces left over from doing three and you can just add more of the others.
Cutting directions for THREE blocks are below:
Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of a 4" x 4" Batik 1 square. Place right sides together with a Moda Marble black square of the same size. 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 six 4" squares. You will have four half-square triangle units for each block. That's a total of twelve units for three blocks. If you want to make a block for yourself, make four more. Sew the half square triangle units togther in sets of two. As you can see from the block graphic, the sets are mirror images. Press these seams open. You will now have six of these units (eight if you're making a block for yourself.) Sew a black 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square to the left side of the units with the black triangles in the upper right position. Repeat twice more (and again for your own block). Press toward the black. Set these units aside for later.
Now place a 7 " x 7" Batik 1 square right sides together with each of the 7" x 7" Batik 2 squares. Draw the diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner. Sew a scant quarter inch on each side of the line. Cut along the line. Press toward the Batik 1 triangle or open if you prefer. Trim to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". You will have four half square triangle units. One is an extra, unless you are making a block for yourself. Sew a set of two half square triangle units without the black square to the left side of a large batik half square triangle unit. Batik 1 will be in the upper left position. (See block graphic above.) Press toward the large batik half square triangle unit (or open). Sew a set of two half square triangle units with a black square on the left side to the top of the previous unit. If you presses your seams to one side you will have opposing seams. Press toward the large batik half square triangle unit (or open). Repeat for each block you're making.
Cut the 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" Batik 2 squares in half diagonally. If you have one of those Fons and Porter point trimmers, you may find it helpful to use it on these. Sew one triangle to the left end of a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" black rectangle and the other to the right end of a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" triangle. See block graphic detail above for correct placement. One leg of a triangle will be even with the top of a rectangle. The opposite point of the triangle with extend past the bottom of the rectangle, unless you have trimmed it with a point trimmer, in which case the blunt end will line up with the bottom of the rectangle. (You may also trim the triangles 3 1/2" from the legs of the triangles to get the same result as a point trimmer.) Press toward the black or open. Sew one of the previous units to the right and bottom of the unit from the previous paragraph. These units will be mirror images of each other. (See block graphic above for correct placement.) I find it helpful to lay out all my pieces on a table on a design wall to make sure everything goes together correctly. Press toward the rectangle units or open. Cut the 6 7/8" x 6 7/8" squares in half diagonally. There will be one extra, unless you are making a block for yourself. You may trim the points if you desire. If you are trimming without a point trimmer, the measurement from the legs of the triangle would be 6 1/2". Sew a triangle to each of your block units, along the edge with the Batik 2 triangles. You may find it helpful to sew from the center outward. This is a bias seam so take care not to stretch it. Press toward the black triangle or open. Repeat for the other blocks you're making.
We are making THREE blocks for June. 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. By now you should have all sent in your Priority stamp and mailing label. And remember that if you haven't won yet, Priority postage has gone up and it would be nice if you sent an additional 55 cent stamp to Patty to help with postage prices. (Can't believe that Priority went up that much but now it's the same price up to two pounds, I think.) 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.