Tuesday, October 11, 2016

OCTOBER Block of the Month

We can thank Nancy for our block this month. Her veteran quilt block was made from a Missouri Star Quilt Co. pattern they called Crosswalk.
Nancy's block
Spring Vol. 3, Issue 2 - Crosswalk Quilt, page 73
Our block will look like this:
Please note, I have changed the size to make a finished 12" block. Let's get ready to make this easy block in red/white/blue. The directions will be under each picture.
The cast of characters, keeping in mind to use patriot fabrics.
Use prints or solids, or a combination as in the sample block.
          2 - dark blue strips 21 x 2-1/2"
          2 - light blue strips 21 x 2-1/2"
          1 - red strip 21 x 2-1/2"
          4 - white 5" squares
To make strip sets:
          Sew the strips together, being mindful of 1/4" seams,  press seams,
          cut into 4-1/2" units. Fold each unit in half to mark the center of the red.
Cut each square on the diagonal - please disregard all the mess at the back of my table.

Mark the half-way point of the triangles - as shown in the close-up.
Sew triangles to strip-set, carefully matching up the center marks. Press to the white.
Repeat to make 4.

Trim to 6-1/2".  This is when a ruler with the 1/2" added comes in handy. Use the guides on your ruler to CENTER the ruler, then cut.

Arrange the 4 squares with white in the center and sew together.  Your finished block should measure 12-1/2". Isn't this a great block?  If offers so many possibilities with color placement. We may do it again, completely scrappy next time! 


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