Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March Farming

Block #9
Let's start March with the Box block from the Farmer's Wife Book.  There are several ways to make this block.  I made it 3 different ways, and I will give directions for my favorite.  Make it the way you feel most comfortable.

Look closely at the illustrations below.  Line up the 2 1/2" line of your easy angle (2" line if you are using the Olfa frosted ruler like in the picture).  YOU MUST HANG THE RULER OVER THE EDGE 1/4" OR LINE UP THE BLUNT EDGE OF THE RULER. 

Don't throw those little triangles away!  You are going to need those in a couple months.  Trim them down to 1" finished half squares (use the 1 1/2" line on the ruler)  When we get to those blocks, you will already have them cut.

Color 1
  • 1- 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"
  • 2- 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • 2- 2 finished half squares cut with 2 1/2" strip
Color 2
  • 8- 2" finished half squares (triangles cut with 2 1/2" strip and easy angle)

Look closely at the picture so that you can get the angles going the correct way.  It was really hard for me to line up that ruler like a right handed person.  Stack the 2 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces right sides up and cut like illustrated.  Take the 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strip and cut in the same manner.  Sew together the 2 - 2 1/2" (unfinished) half squares.  Check the measurements of your units.  I had to square mine up just a little.  

Press the 4 1/2" pieces to the right (One seam should face the red the other seam to the light

Press the half squares to the dark

Press the 6 1/2" piece to the light

Join the half squares with the 4 1/2" pieces; Press toward the half squares.

Join the 3 pieces to make the 6 1/2" block

One more done!

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