This was fun! Having just moved 1484 miles away from Teriney, I am missing her (and all my Arkansas buddies) even more than these squares miss their corners. I've joined a quilting group here, but it's gonna take a while to find my groove.
When I saw this block at firstname.lastname@example.org I fell in love and couldn't get it off my mind so that's why I chose it. Thank you for helping me with my quilt!
It's an easy block, just lots of little squares!! (I'll be sending some fabric in the mail.)
Here's what you'll need:
3.5" center square, kona white (provided)*see note below
16--1.5" colorful squares for the first colorful border
(at least 16 colorful squares are provided for you to scatter throughout the
1.5" strips of kona white for the first white border
32--1.5" colorful squares for the second colorful
2.5 to 3" strip of kona white for the second white
border (you just want to make sure the final block measures 12 to 12.5"
PLEASE no purple or red fabrics. :)
Sew together the following sets of colorful squares using a
1/4" seam allowance:
2 strips 3 squares long
2 strips 5 squares log
2 strips 7 squares long
2 strips 9 squares long
1.Sew 2 strips of 3
squares along each side of the big white square.Iron toward the dark fabrics.
2.Sew 2 strips of 5
squares along the opposite sides of the square.Iron toward the dark fabrics.
*NOTE: After I had sewn my little squares together I realized I had to trim my 3.5" square down to 3.25" to make it work. Makes me wonder if my 1/4-inch quilting foot is really 1/4-inch! If you need to do the same, go for it.
3.Add borders of
white 1.5" strips of kona fabric along the sides of the square.Trim.Iron toward the kona white.Add
borders of white 1.5" strips along the top and bottom of the square.Trim.Iron toward the kona white.
4.Sew strips of7 squares along the sides of the square.Iron toward the dark fabrics.
5.Sew strips of 9
squares along the top and bottom of the square.Iron toward the dark fabrics.
At this point my square was 8 1/2 inches which is different
from the pattern I was following online.No problem!All I really care
about is that the finished block is 12 to 12.5" unfinished.You can adjust the width of the final white
border to achieve that.
6.Sew strips of kona
white to the square sewing the sides first then iron and trim.Sew the top and bottom.Iron and trim.
I just got my sampler back from the quilter and I'm so happy it's done!
I've never used a professional quilter before, as I'm kind of a stitch in the ditch sorta gal, but I have to say I'm loving how smooth and straight the layers are and how EASY it is to have someone with a long arm do the dirty work.
This quilt is made up of all the block patterns chosen in 2012.
I hope Holly won't mind me posting a little update for her. Since it has been a crazier than normal summer for some of us, Holly has graciously gifted the month of August as an extra catch up month and won't be posting a block for us to do. Thanks, Holly! And here's to getting all caught up as fall and school and routine roll in over the next couple of weeks. Cheers!