BEFORE I EVEN POST A PHOTO OF THE BLOCK PLEASE NOTE: THERE WAS AN ERROR IN HOW I HAD THE BLOCK LAID OUT . I’ll address the errors in the directions but when you lay out your block, please make it so it looks like this and not like the photo! (I seriously considered re-making the block to correct the photos for about a minute but figured my friends already know I make mistakes!)
So, on to cutting. I decided on a scrappy layout for this block hoping I could work in the one fabric that has eluded being included so far but no luck. Look for it in next month’s block. The block is a 16-patch and in a twelve-inch block that means you are looking at units that cut 3.5″. Now, if you wanted to use all one color, you could convert your squares into rectangles and make more of a log cabin effect but I digress. Considering the problem I had with this simple version, I’d better stick to the basics today.
From the background (my yellow) cut three 3.5″ squares and one 4.5″ square. I think I could have cut the big square a little smaller but it was the first time I’d tried this trick and wasn’t sure…better too big and cutting down than trying to add on.
Also cut two 3 7/8″ squares cut once on the diagonal to yield four triangles. (Or, if you are using an Easy Angle ruler or similar ruler, cut four triangles from your 3.5″ strip.)
From the contrast color(s) cut eight 3.5″ squares
Also cut two 3 7/8″ squares and cut them once on the diagonal to yield four triangles.
From your stem color, cut one strip 1″x 6″
First, sew four background triangles to your color triangles to make 1/2-square units.
This done, I placed all my pieces out to preview my block.
The next piece to make is the stem block. Take the 4.5″ square and cut it once on the diagonal. Finger press a line into the middle of both the triangle and the long strip. Then, sew one triangle to either side of the strip, matching the creases.
After you’ve sewn all four columns, press the rows of blocks in alternating directions top row to the right, next left, then right, then left. After pressing, sew the rows together and, voila, there is your completed block. Give it a good press and then thank my friend Donna for her lovely choice for October!
Oh, look, left align is back! So, I promised last time that I’d tell about my new challenge but you’ll just have to wait. After nursing four cats through an upper respitory infection, I’ve fallen prey to the Fall Cold and am bonding quite nicely with my asthma inhaler and cold meds and more cold meds! Look for a post early next week about my new challenge. In the meantime, I’m up for some soup, some tea, a hot bath and an early bedtime!