Mrs. Taft Variation
Tips & Hints
The block for July is a variation of Mrs. Taft's Choice, Barbara Brackman 3271. It's done with half square triangles and squares, rather than the diagonal trapzoids of the original block. Patty and I got our inspiration from a block she found on the Fabshop Hope website. I replaced some of the half square triangles with squares to get this handsome, graphic variation. This block uses the Moda Best Natural Swirls fabric and two contrasting medium to dark batik prints. The blocks this year are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for July.
Cutting directions for ONE block are below:
The measurements for this block are a little different than we're used to, since it's a four patch block done in the 9" size. But you can see that it's definitely doable and still easy to rotary cut. You can make your half square triangle units using your favorite method. I will give directions for the way I make them. They should be 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" unfinished.
Place a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" batik 1 square right sides together with a natural swirls square of the same size. Draw a light pencil line from corner to opposite corner on the wrong side of the natural fabric and sew a scant quarter inch seam on both sides of the line. Cut on the line and press the seams open. Since there are so many triangles in this block, pressing all the seams open will reduce the bulk. Trim these units to 2 3/4" x 2 3/4", making sure that the seams come out exactly at the corners. Make a total of six units of batik 1 and four units of batik 2 for each block.
For the first row, sew a batik 1 triangle unit, a batik 2 triangle unit, another batik 1 triangle unit and a natural swirls 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" square together. Carefully follow the placement of the triangle units in the block graphic above. It's really easy to get the triangles turned the wrong way. Press all seams open. Repeat once more for the fourth row, which is the same except rotated 180 degrees. For the second row, sew a batik 2 triangle unit, a batik 1 - 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" square, a batik 2 - 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" square and a batik 1 triangle unit together. Press seams open. Repeat for row three which will also be rotated 180 degrees. Repeat for the second block
Sew your four rows together, matching seams. Press all seams open. Repeat for the second block.
The block is 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for July. Please mail your blocks so they will be received by Patty before the end of the month.