On my design wall are my Tell it to the Stars blocks.
Sharing the Good Life
This month, we’re going to do an easy one! It’s the split nine patch and hopefully, we can all make a good many of these quickly.
For a 9″ finished block, you will need the following pieces for each block:
In a week or so, I’ll show you some ideas I have for setting these blocks.
Have fun and make lots of blocks!
It doesn’t matter how you get it out of the stash, right? Just so long as it’s gone, right? I pulled out 21 yards that’s going to Nicole. It’s already all packed up and ready to deliver! Actually, it’s probably more than 21 yards because there were probably a dozen pieces that were small and I’m including those. I took quite a few big chunks and cut off a generous 1/4 yard from each. She wants to use purple for a border on the quilt she’s going to make so I chose a couple of purples and am taking her 2 yards of each.It didn’t even make a dent in my stash though. Nothing was added!
Used this Week: 21 yards
Used year to Date: 40 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Used for 2014: 40 yards
Two things to remember please!
The block we will be making for March is this, which is called “Rhode Island”. As with the previous months, the block is 12″ finished and you will make two. The block is not hard but it’s different. There are some bias edges so take your time, cut accurately, sew accurately, press with care and no complaining!
Also, there are some eighth inch cuts. They aren’t hard . . just takes a little more time. Also, this is one of those blocks that took a whole lot more words than it should have so please don’t be intimidated by the length of the instructions.
Beginning with the center star:
Fabric 2, cut:
Fabric 5, cut:
Fabric 1, cut:
Fabric 6, cut:
Start by laying out the Fabric 2 and 5 pieces. Make 8 flying geese.
These will probably need a little trimming.
Unfinished, they should trim up to 1-7/8″ x 3-3/8″.
Sew a flying geese unit to opposite sides of the 3-3/8″ squares. Make 2.
Sew a 1-7/8″ square to both sides of a flying geese unit. Make 4.
Sew those pieces to the top and bottom of the 3-3/8″ square to complete the center of the block. Make 2.
Turn the block on point.
Lay out the additional pieces.
Using the 4-1/2″ squares, fold the square into quarters (in half and then in half again), finger crease so that you have a horizontal and a vertical line intersecting in the center of the square.
Using the Fabric 6 triangles, you’re going to sew them to two sides to create 8 of the following segments.
The easiest way to get the pieces aligned perfectly is to place the long edge of the triangle along one edge of the square and have the triangle point line up with the finger pressed line.
Sew the seam, then press, then sew the second triangle to create the segment.
Two of the units will go onto opposite sides of the center star. Make 2. The remaining units will have a Fabric 1 triangle sewn to the sides as shown. Make 4.
Sew the final sections on to complete the block. Make 2.
If your January and February blocks are done, please share a picture. On Wednesday I will draw for the winner . . who will receive a Stash Pack from Vicki Welsh’s Etsy Shop. When you need (or want) hand dyed fabric, please remember Vicki . . who sponsors this Mystery.
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