Friday, March 16, 2012


Sort of like how my life feels!  all kidding aside, I better get moving with posting the March blocks.  This is #103 from the FW book

Color 1
  • 4 pieces 2" X 5"
  • 1 - 3 1/2" square
Color 2
  • 8 triangles cut with the easy angle and a 2" strip
This is a different way to piece the block than the book shows.  This block has numerous ways it can be put together. 

Trim away triangles on the 2" x 5" rectangles (you can once again use 2" squares and sew corner to corner if you don't like this method).

Attach all (8) triangle pieces to the trapezoid pieces.  These should measure 2" x 5"  Press these units to one side.  Check your measurements and square up if you need to.  For this block we are going to do a partial seam.

Align pieces and begin sewing at the edge.  Stop sewing when you get about 1/2" from the edge of the square.  It doesn't have to be exact, but I placed a pin there so I didn't forget to stop.  Some quilters leave a larger area unsewn - it is a personal preference.

 Press toward the center square
Keep adding rectangles going around the square.  Press each rectangle toward the center square.  When I get to the 3rd rectangle I usually pin the loose part back so that I don't accidentally get it caught in the seam.

Now that you have made it all the way around, you can finish your first seam.  Pin the the remainder of the rectangle to the last piece added to finish the seam and complete the block. 

My design wall is looking empty.  It seems like a good time to put all my blocks up and see how they look together.

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