Tips & Hints
For May we are doing a traditional block called Calico Puzzle. It's 1681a in Barbara Brackman's book. Use a floral calico and a green print fabric that contrasts with the calico and the background. The background is Moda Swirls Natural fabric (that's the tan one). You will be making TWO blocks for May. The blocks this year are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:
Place a 4" x 4" Green 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 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.
For the first row, sew a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Floral Calico square between two half square triangle units from the previous paragraph. On the right side, the green triangle is in the lower right position and on the left side, the green triangle is in the upper right position. (See block graphic above.) Press toward the middle square. Repeat for the third row. This row is the same as row one, except it will be flipped 180 degrees (the green triangle in on the right will be in the lower left postion and the one on the left will be in the upper left position).
For the second row, sew a Green print square between two Floral Calico squares. Press away from the middle square. Sew row two between rows one and three. (See block graphic above for correct placement.) Press towards the second row. Repeat for the second block.
We are making TWO blocks for May. 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.