Tips & Hints
For June we are doing a Japanese lantern block. It's my version of 953 (Japanse Garden) in the Barbara Brackman book Hopefully I've made it a little easier to piece. You will be using two contrasting Oriental prints, a black or dark print for the top and bottom and Moda Marble Sweet Green for the background. You will be making TWO blocks for June.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:
Sew one end of a 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" Sweet Green rectangle to one end of a 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" black rectangle (right sides together, scant 1/4" seam). Sew another 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" Sweet Green rectangle to the other end of the black rectangle. Press towards the black rectangle. Repeat. These are the top and bottom rows of your block. Sew one of the long sides of a 12 1/2" x 3 1/2" Oriental print 1 rectangle to the long side of a 12 1/2" x 1 1/2" Oriental print 2 rectangle. Repeat. Press toward the skinnier rectangle. Sew a 12 1/2" x 2 1/2" Oriental print 1 rectangle between the other sides of the Oriental print 2 rectangles. (See block graphic above for correct placment.) Press away from the Oriental print 2 rectangles.
Use the 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Sweet Green squares to make snowball corners on the four corners of the previous unit. Place a square with two adjacent sides lined up with each of the corners of the previous unit. Draw a light pencil line from the corner touching one the the sides to the opposite corner. Sew on this line and press back on itself. Trim only the seam allowance. Join the top and bottom rows to the middle unit and press seams toward the top and bottom rows. For a refresher on snowball corners click here.
We are making TWO 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 sent your Priority stamp and label to Patty. Priority Mail went up another 20 cents on May 12th, so you might want to send Patty some additional postage if you have not won a set of blocks yet. 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 are having trouble finding the common Sweet Green Moda Marble background, please email Patty. This is the background fabric we're using this year, in order to have some consistency to the blocks. No other background fabric is acceptable.