Tips & Hints
For August we are doing a traditional block called Xquisite. It's 1001 in Barbara Brackman's book. . Use an Oriental print that contrasts with the Moda Swirls Windsor fabric. You will be making TWO blocks for August. The blocks this year are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished.
Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:
Using two 2" x 2" Windsor squares, make snowball corners on two opposite corners of an Oriental 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square. Press the Windsor squares back on themselves to form a triangle and trim only the seams allowances. Make a total of 18 of these units, 9 per block.
Sew the units in rows of three each, keeping the snowball corners in the same position. Press the seams open. Join the three rows and press the seams open. Repeat for the second block.
We are making TWO blocks for August. 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.