Tips & Hints
For August we are doing an adaptation of 4022 (Work Box) in the Barbara Brackman book. I'm calling it Sewing Box as I would like you to "fill" it with a fabric that has some kind of sewing motif. If you don't have sewing motif fabric, you could "fill" your box with something else that you might keep in a box. You will also use a light or medium and a dark fabric (perhaps browns) to give the box a three dimension look and Moda Marble Sweet Green for the background. You will be making TWO blocks for August.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:
Sew a Sweet Green 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangle to a 9 1/2" x 5 1/2" light print rectangle, matching one 5 1/2" side. Press towards the light print. Sew a snowball corner using a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" sweet green square to the left end of the 12 1/2" x 3 1/2" sewing print rectangle. The snowball corner will be on the upper left. Sew a snowball corner using a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" sweet green square to the right side of the 7 1/2" x 3 1/2" dark print rectangle. The snowball corner will be on the upper right. For a refresher on snowball corners click here. Each rectangle will only have one snowball corner. You may trim one or both layers, as you prefer. (See block graphic.)
Place the two units with the snowball corners as they appear in the block graphic. Flip the unit with the dark print over the unit with the sewing print so they are right sides together and the ends that are not sweet green are together. Draw a diagonal line from the upper right corner at a 45 degree angle to the left. Sew this from the upper right corner to within 1/4" of the lower edge. This is a miter. Open it out to make sure you have sewn it correctly and then trim 1/4" away from the seam. Press the seam open.
Surprise!! I'm going to teach you how to do a y-seam!!. Put a dot on the wrong side of the 9 1/2" x 3 1/2", 1/4" from the edges at the upper right corner (as it appears when right side up.) Sew this piece to the previous unit, starting from an edge and sewing to the dot (which will be the seam on the other piece.) Sew the other side, also ending at the dot. Be sure you back tack a couple of stitches at the dot, to secure everything. Press toward the light print rectangle. Sew this unit to the unit from the first paragraph, matching the seams. Press toward the upper unit. Repeat for the second block.
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 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.