Girls Favorite 2  free block
Today's free pattern block is called Girl's Favorite 2. I thought that was quite appropriate for the 1st of April. When I started this block I thought it would be relatively easy, but I'd have to admit it is more of an intermediate to advanced block. Accuracy is important if you want to make this block well and you do need to be familiar with 1/8" measurements for cutting the larger blocks. Even though I think this is a more difficult block, I do think anyone could make it as long as they know the three basics in quilt making: Accurate 1/4" seams, accurate rotary cutting and good pressing skills. (all three links are free tutorials)
First out, let me apoligize for using orange and green fabrics again. There is actually a reason for this and next week, I'll try really hard to select different colors.
Today I'm using four different fabrics and a background which will be black.
Here is what you need to cut for four different size blocks:
Amount 
6" finished 
8" finished 
10" finished 
12" finished 

Background 
TWO FOUR 
2 3/4" squares 2" squares 
3 1/4" squares 2 1/2" squares 
3 3/4" squares 3" squares 
4 1/4" squares 3 1/2" squares 
Fabric 1 
TWO FOUR 
2 3/4" squares 2" squares 
3 1/4" squares 2 1/2" squares 
3 3/4" squares 3" squares 
4 1/4" squares 3 1/2" squares 
Fabric 2 
TWO 
2 3/4" squares 
3 1/4" squares 
3 3/4" squares 
4 1/4" squares 
Fabric 3 
FOUR 
1 1/2" squares 
2" squares 
2 3/8" squares 
2 5/8" squares 
Fabric 4 
ONE 
3 1/2" square 
4 1/2" square 
5 1/2" square 
6 1/2" square 
The two orange/green batik squares (fabric 2) need to be cut into Quarter Square Triangles (QST). That is, cut twice through the diagonal to make four even triangles.
Let's start with the center of the square. We will make a square in a square using the snowball corner method.
Start by placing two of the small orange squares in two opposite corners of the large pale square. Draw a line through the diagonal of the smaller squares, then stitch along these lines.
Once stitched, press the inner corner of the small squares over to the opposite corner to form a triangle.
Be sure the three points meet accurately and then trim away the under two triangles leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. This will help reduce the bulk when joining to the other units.
Now repeat for the other two corners. This square in a square unit should measure 3 1/2" square (6" block), 4 1/2" square (8" block), 5 1/2" square (10" block) or 6 1/2" square (12" block).
The back side looks like this.
This next unit is a little more tricky. Be as accurate as you can. Start with a large background (black) square and Fabric 1 (orange) square placed right sides together and raw edges even. Draw one diagonal line through the center, from corner to corner of one square, then sew 1/4" on either side. You'll make two of these. Next cut along the line.
Press the background half over the seam to make a HST (half square triangle unit). Trim the ears off and then cut through the opposite diagonal to the seam, corner to corner. Be careful to cut accurately. Repeat for the remaining HSTs.
Let's lay the pieces out to see how the unit will look.
Join the two orange batik triangles to the green square first. Sew with the square on top. First one... (press toward the triangle but don't bother to trim the ear yet)
....and then the other. Press the second seam toward the triangle too. Now trim those ears.
Finally add the other two triangle sections. The seams should butt together.
Give this a good press. You will need four in total. Trim the ears off to tidy the unit up. This unit should measure 2" x 3 1/2" (6" block), 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" (8" block), 3" x 5 1/2" (10" block) or 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" (12" block).
Now my favorite part. Lay out all the units made and add the remaining black squares in the corners.
Sew together into rows first, pressing the seams in each row in opposite directions and then join to rows to complete the block.
What do you think?
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Great block  love the the square in a square that develops.
Posted by Jen, 02/04/2013 9:50am (8 years ago)
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