June's Christmas Block
For this month's block I used a 5" block from EQ8 and adjusted it to make it suitable for a 12" block. I'll use four different fabrics but you could easily make it scrappy if you wanted. Let's get started!
Note: I'm using fat eights for this block so cuts mentioned below are not the full width of fabric stripes.
From Green: Cut ONE 3-1/2" strip. From this strip cut off one 2-1/2" square then cut the rest of the strip into TWO 1-3/4" strips.
From Red: Cut ONE 2-1/2" strip. Cut this into FOUR 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles and FOUR 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles.
From Print: Cut ONE 3-1/2" strip. From this strip cutt off FOUR 3-1/2" squares. Cut the remainder into TWO 1-1/2" strips and from these cut FOUR 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles.
From Background: Cut TWO 1-3/4" strips
Cut ONE 3-1/2" strip. Cut this into FOUR 3-1/2" squares
Looking at the block I can see several units that are made the same so we will start there.
There are EIGHT of these and the easiest way to make them is by joing the strips together. You will need the two green and two background 1-3/4" strips. We actually made these in the last block - just one difference, you'll need to cut the units into 1-3/4" units NOT 2" as we used in the previous block so refer back to Piecing These Four-Patches if you need to remember how to piece them.
You will make 8 of these little four-patch units.
Quarter Square Triangles
Pair the Background and Print 3-1/2" squares together with right sides together and raw edges even - light fabric on top. You will have four of these sets of pairs.
Draw a diagonal line through the center of each pair of squares (only required on the top light piece). Sew 1/4" each side of the line, then cut along the line. Press seam toward the darkest fabric. You will end up with eight quarter square triangle units.
At this point, I always like to lay out all the sections so I can see that each unit is facing in the right direction. I've included all pieces even those not assembled, to ensure the block looks correct before proceeding - it is easy enough to change something now if I need to and it is really easy to sew on a piece wrong - so having it laid out, helps tremedously.
Next, join the corner units. Start by joining them in pairs, then join the pairs together.
You will end up with four of these units.
Place them back into position and check they are right. I ended up sewing one half square triangle wrong even with them laid out correctly!
The center strips could also be made into units but we only need four so I've cut the pieces individually. You will need the red rectangles and the print rectangles. Join them together with the print fabric between one large and one small red rectangle.
Joining To Complete the Block
Now we are getting to the end, just a few more seams.
Sew the three units in each row together pressing the seams toward the red fabric - this will help butt up the seams.
Then finally sew the three rows together to complete the block.
I hope you enjoyed making this new block - I sure did!
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