Every month a different block. Bring yours in and you can win them all!

May 2019

Shoot for the Square

Shoot for a 10.5-inch finished square. But directions aren’t fussy about directions. When building center, it can be scrappy too — white, off white, cream or reads white. Here’s a tutorial to this scrap busting block.

April 2019

Practice with Curves

I need more practice with curves, and I'm guessing others do, too. Here is a link to a tutorial, which is a surprisingly good guide. Be ready to cut down for the final bock. It's spring, so let's go with pastels and no black. Use three or four fabrics to make three or four blocks. My oddball finished sizes are 9.5 to 10.25 by 17 to 17.5 inches. The photos and links show interesting design possibilities.

March 2019

Aqua Heaven

First the inspiration "Exchanged" from Janet Steadman, Gallery Five

These tall triangles are the inspiration. The attached photo shows something can be lost or gained in translation. Use a pale green-blue aqua in there somewhere, and all the blocks will match up. This is great for fat quarters. Solids can be used. When using prints, be aware that the print fabric can't be flopped, so the dimensions will be off a little.

Cut a 5-inch rectangle from the short side of a fat quarter, and cut in half corner to corner for the inside fabric. Pin together to form a triangle. Sew the triangle.

Cut a 6-inch rectangle from the short side of another fat quarter, and cut in half corner to corner for the outside fabric. Pin to outer edge of triangle to form a long rectangle, leaving at least 1/2-inch of outer fabric to leave 1/4-inch border, which will disappear when piecing the completed blocks together. Sew to form a rectangle.

Don't be fussy about the finished width and height. It's perfectly OK to chop off the tip of the triangle, as you can see from the inspiration. These are made to be slashed or chopped. The samples ended up at 16 and 16.5 inches tall and 10 and 10.25 inches wide.

February 2019

Eye of the Beholder

This will be the easiest block ever. I call it "In the eye of the beholder" because the end product will be something seen only be the assembler. It uses 4.5-inch solid squares of white, gray and black. The inspiration was a building under construction in downtown Miami. One wall is painted in a white, gray and black grid. The raffle winner can go with the neutral simplicity or add colors to suit. Plan to deliver a four-patch square measuring 8.5-by-8.5 inches or a four-block vertical strip measuring 4.5-by-16.5 inches. Raffle tickets also will be given to anyone who brings in four unsewn 4.5-inch squares, which gives the winner even more flexibility. Give it a try.  Addendum: white-off white- cream square measures 6 inches, build log cabin to about 12 inches, cut in quarters, sew with white in outside corners.

January 2019

Stripe in Square

Inspired by Quilted Under the Influence these square blocks measure 8.5 or 4.5 inches. The idea is to sew a diagonal stripe inside a square. Photos below show the variations possible: straight or wonky, centered or off-center, using up to three fabrics in the stripe and using the same or different colors on the sides. Colors for this project are deep red, blue and purple solids. Some scraps were available for anyone in search of fabric.