August 2007

August 2007 Block

30's Courthouse

Tips & Hints

For August we're doing the Courthouse Steps variation of the Log Cabin block, which is one of our "Oldies But Goodies" from July of 1998. I reworked the proportions to make it a 12" block. Use several 30's prints, a 30's pastel solid and Black Moda Marble. I used a buttercup yellow for my center, but any pastel solid from that era would work.

Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:

NumberSizeFabric
23 1/2" x 3 1/2"Pastel Solid
42" x 3 1/2"Moda Marble Black
42" x 6 1/2"Moda Marble Black
42" x 9 1/2"Moda Marble Black
42" x 6 1/2"30's Prints
42" x 9 1/2"30's Prints
42" x 12 1/2"30's Prints

Sew a 2" x 3 1/2" black rectangle to opposite sides (top and bottom) of the 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" center square. Press away from the center. Sew a 2" x 6 1/2" 30's print rectangle to the sides (right and left sides) that you did not sew to in the previous step. Press away from the center. The center square is now bordered with strips, black on two opposite sides (top and bottom) and 30's prints on the other sides (right and left sides).

Sew a 2" x 6 1/2" black rectangle to the top and bottom of the block. Press away from the center. These strips will be next to the previous black strips. Sew a 2" x 9 1/2" 30's print rectangle to the sides. These strips will be next to the previous 30's print strips. Press away from the center.

Sew a 2" x 9 1/2" black rectangle to the top and bottom of the block. Press away from the center. Sew a 2" x 12 1/2" 30's print rectangle to the sides of the block. Press away from the center. Repeat for the second block. Simple but very dramatic in these colors.

We are making TWO blocks for August. 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. 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).

August 2007 Quilt

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