DIY Block of the Month September – Toad in a Puddle

Toad in a Puddle

 

Again I’m reminded of why I like Block of the Month programs…I try blocks that I might otherwise not even think of and they end up to be great fun!  Toad in a puddle was Melody’s choice for September and I decided to dive into my fishie fabric with the stripes/waves on it.  The contrast squares were cut as 1/2-square triangles instead of quarters so it worked out better than it normally would with a stripe.

So, cutting…

Most of what you are cutting will be background so let’s get that over with first (have I ever mentioned that cutting is my least favorite part of sewing?)

From the background cut…

one 4 3/4″ square for the center

one 7 1/4″ square cut twice on the diagonal for the large triangles

four 4 1/4″ squares cut twice on the diagonal for the sides of the flying geese

two 3 7/8″ squares cut once on the diagonal for outside corners

From the contrast fabric cut…

four 3 7/8″ squares cut once on the diagonal

Your cut pieces should look something like this

The first thing to sew are the smallest units…the flying geese.  These are assembled just like the ones we’ve done before but be very careful not to stretch the fabric as they are cut on a different bias than many of us are used to (if I do this block again, I’m going to redraft my own instructions.)

Make flying geese units by attaching one small background triangle to one contrast triangle, like this

Stitch this together (or chain several) and then press the seam allowances to the background side and you’ll have little kites, like this

Cute, right?

Then add the other background triangle

Stitch and press these and you’ll have cute little geese like these (remember to trim the dog ears.)

Geese before trimming the dog ears.

Looking at your block layout, this block goes together in thirds the way the Grecian Square II did.

You creat the thirds by first sewing sets of two flying geese together.  A tip when putting geese units together is to always sew with the top piece going under your needle being the small pointy end of a goose.  That way when you sew across your y-intersection, you can see the intersection and sew across just above where the threads cross so you don’t cut the nose off your goose!

After you’ve assembled pairs of geese, you can assemble add two of the large triangles to each side of your geese pairs, like this

Laying side triangles next to geese, ready to sew!

For the center section, just add a pair of geese to two opposite sides of the square (pointing out.)  After you’ve made the sections, you sew them together by adding the sides to the middle.  Your block should look like this

Three sections together and you're ready to add the corner triangles!

The last step is to add the corner triangles.  I like to finger crease the center of both the triangle and the block then match them up with a pin.  I did all four of mine then sewed a triangle, lifted my presser foot, twisted the block and sewed the next seam.  Until you clip the threads, your block will look a little like a shower cap!  After you clip the seams, give your block a good press and voila!

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