Tips & Hints
For March we are doing a traditional block called Jacob's Ladder. It's 1695b in Barbara Brackman's book. Use a soft, romantic-looking medium to large floral with a minimum amount of background that contrasts nicely with Moda Swirls Natural fabric (that's the tan one). You will be making TWO blocks for February. The blocks this year are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below: (You may prefer to cut 2" strips instead of squares so you can use your favorite strip piecing method. Four strips 12" long is enough with a little extra as a fudge factor.)
Place a 4" x 4" Floral print square right sides together with a 4" x 4" Natural Swirls square. Draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. Sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of the line. Cut on the line and press the seam to the darker fabric. Square these up to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", making sure the seam is exactly lined up with two opposite corners. Make a total of eight of these half square triangle units, four per block.
Piece four-patch units by sewing a 2" x 2" Floral print square right sides together with a 2" x 2" Natural Swirls square. Press toward the darker fabric. Repeat for all 20 sets of squares. You may also use a strip piecing method that you prefer and then subcut the strips into 2" units. Sew two of the previous units together, with the fabrics opposite to one another (see block graphic above) to make four-patch units. All the seams should be pressed in the same direction, creating a tiny four-patch in the middle of the seams on the wrong side of the unit. There are a total of ten four-patch units, five per block.
Sew a half square triangle unit between two four-patch units, matching the placement in row one of the block graphic above. Repeat for the third row, but note that the half square triangle unit faces in the opposite direction. Sew a four-patch unit between two half square triangle units, matching the placement in row two of the block graphic above. Press seams away from the four-patch units. Sew the three rows together and press seams toward the center row. Repeat for the second block.
We are making TWO blocks for March. The blocks are 9 1/2" x 9 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. Be sure you include your Priority stamp and address label along with your blocks if you haven't already sent them. 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 Moda Swirls Windsor and Natural background fabrics, 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.