2017 Block of the Month - March

 by thequiltingpatch on 01 Mar 2017 |
1 Comment(s)

This Months block is called "Martha Washingtons Star"

Here is the key and rotary cutting instructions for this block.. 

A - 3 1/2 " Squares
B - 7 1/4 " squares, 
 cut twice on the diagonal to yield 4 triangles
C - 3 7/8" squares,  cut once on the diagonal to yield 2 triangles
D - 4 1/4 " squares, cut twice on the diagonal to yield 4 triangles

My tip is to cut 1 background fabric strip of B ( 7 1/4" x WOF), take one square of 7 1/4 " off the end and use the rest to cut the various pieces youll need for this block.
See Diagram below...

So far you all seem to be doing a great job nutting out how to construct the blocks, so  I will again include the piecing order in a map style. but as always, feel free to yell out if you need help. 

Heres the map...

Ok so its a little bit different from last month where we just sewed 5 rows together. And you could sew this in rows like we did last month. 
However, because it has a centre pinwheel that we want to make sure comes together really well in the middle, I prefer to sew the pinwheel first. This way if I have to unpick its less of a hassle. 
So once the pinwheel is together ( unit 1), its just a matter of attaching the flying geese units to each side ( unit 2's) and then finishing off top and bottom with the square- flying geese - square ( unit 3s)

I look forward to seeing all the March blocks coming together. Im working on the instructions for the offset blocks, so youll have those really soon to keep you busy as there are 12 of them to make.
Till next month!


Anne Cooper - Comment
Anne Cooper17 Mar 2017Reply
okay I give. I cannot figure this out. please give me direction for #1 and #2.
Remember I am new to quilting and my quilt lady said to do "flying geese" on the #2 I just am lost
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch17 Mar 2017Reply
Ok , lets take the block back a bit.
Make the central pinwheel first. So that is 4 squares that consist of a half square triangle sewn to a qtr square triangle unit.( Let me know if you need more instruction for that one)
Now put that aside and make the "flying geese units". They are a B triangle with two C triangles sewn to each side ( sew one on first, lining up the pointy triangle tips first, the other end should hang over by about a qtr inch. Sew it, press it open and THEN sew the other triangle to the opposite side. Voila you have a flying geese unit. make 3 more the same way.
NOW attach the flying geese units to two sides of the central pinwheel that you made earlier. Press again.
The final two rows go top and bottom and they are made up of your remaining 2 geese and the A squares.
Please let me know how you go, and if you need pics I can send them via email xx

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