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2017 Block of the Month - May

 by thequiltingpatch on 03 May 2017 |
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It's well and truly cooling down here in Australia. May is here and there is a definite colour change going on all around us. My favourite colours are rusts, so I couldnt be happier. 
Hopefully the cooler weather sees you all getting stuck into your sewing projects.



This Months block is called Cross and Crown.

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


Notice that I haven't numbered all the pieces? I have purposefully done this - my hope is that any of you who are beginners will by now be gaining an insight into how to "deconstruct" blocks and shouldn't need me to number every single section.

So reading off the "map" of our block 
A - 2 7/8 " Squares 
( 4 background, 1 colour)
B - 3 5/8" squares,  cut twice on the diagonal to yield 4 triangles ( 2 background, 2 colour)
C - 5 1/4" x 2 7/8 " rectangles ( 4 background)
D - 5 5/8" squares,  cut once on the diagonal to yield 2 triangles ( 2 in colour)

Once you have all your cutting done, the first step in this block is to make the "BB" units that attach to the side of the corner A squares. Now I can't tell you how many times I have mucked up the sewing of this simple little block simply by sewing the wrong edge!
So here is my trick. 
Lay the pieces together for sewing and pin into the edge you are going to sew along. It seems like such a basic idea, but I can't rate it highly enough. Then when you pick the pieces up and sew you can't accidently turn them around and sew the wrong edge. 



On this particular unit, sewing the wrong edge ( the long edge in this case) turns your finished unit into a half square triangle! Not what we want. 

Instead we want these guys - and we need 4 of each colouring. ( 8 in total) 


Congratulations-  you are now passed the trickiest part of this months block. 

Next you grab an A square ( one of the background ones) and attach to one edge,  one of the triangle units we just made. Press the seam outward, trim any dog ears off.


Now we use the second triangle block we made ( in the alternate colouring) and attach it to the adjacent edge


 Ta Da!!!
Ok the rest of this block is easy now. You simply attach the " D" HST units you cut in the very beginning to these newly made HST's. This creates the squares for the four corners. Throw in your sashings and a cornerstone an you have a block!

As always yell out if you need help. 
Until next month,
Danni x










 

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