Tips & Hints
For July we are doing a traditional block called Spider. It's 1691 in Barbara Brackman's book. Because of the fabrics used I've decided to name it Autumn Harvest. Use a medium print with a minimal amount of background that contrasts with the Moda Swirls Natural fabric. Think fruits, veggies, flowers, leaves, anything that reminds you of autumn. You will be making TWO blocks for July. 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" Autumn print square right sides together with a 4" x 4" Natural Swirls square. Draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner on the back of the lighter fabric. 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 eighteen of these half square triangle units, nine per block.
For the first row, sew three half square triangles together, matching the block graphic above. The first HST (half square triangle) will have the print in the lower left position, the second will have it in the upper left position and the third will again be in the lower left position. Press the seams open.
For the second row, sew three half square triangles together. The first HST will have the print in the lower right position, the second will have it in the upper right position and the third will again be in the lower right position. Press the seams open.
For the third row, repeat the instructions for the first row. Join the three rows, making sure the seams match, consulting the block graphic above for correct placement and press the seams open. Repeat for the second block.
We are making TWO blocks for July. 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. Postage goes up every year in May and this year was no exception. If you have not won a set of blocks, please send Patty some extra postage. 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.