Sunday, June 17, 2012

#14 Butterfly at the Crossroads

This block poses a little bit of a problem if you make it like the instructions.  The blocks finish at 6" for the Farmer's Wife.  This block is divided equally into 5 sections....Hmmm.  6/5 = 1.20.  I realize that is only 5 one hundredths difference, but take that times 5 and you are now 1/4" inch off.  I am going to alter the block just a bit (this is different than what is on your handout).  I think you will be much happier with the outcome.

Change template number 35 to 1 1/2" X 3"
Change template number 34 to 1 1/2" square

Background (green)
4 - 1 3/4" square
8- 1 1/4" half squares (1 3/4" strip with Easy Angle)
4- 1 1/2" X 3"
Flowers (Pink)
1- 1 1/2" square
4- 1 3/4" square
8 - 1 1/4 half squares (1 3/4" strip with Easy Angle)

Sew the half squares together- square up to 1 3/4".  join the half squares with the 1 3/4" squares to make 4 patches.  Press away from the half squares.  Square up the 4 patches to 3" if necessary.

Join the 4 patches with the sashing strips to complete the 6 1/2" block.  Press away from the center square and press the 4 patches toward the sashing strips. 

I had to change my green sashing strip when I altered the pattern.  I was out of the light green fabric.  I think I like it better with a little darker green sashing.  I love it when mistakes work out for the best.

Sorry for the little dog ear that snuck into the picture.  Eleanor- pretend you don't see those stripes going every which way.  Pretend it is a butterfly fluttering in all directions.

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