Hello and welcome to March’s blocks. Hope you find the hints and tips useful and that you are cracking on with the pattern.
Cut as per pattern
Now layout all triangles, so you have four pairs of A&B, four of C&B and four of A&C. For speed I chain pieced all these triangles ready for pressing. Press A&C towards orange. Trim all the dog ears.
I went off piste here and didn’t follow the pattern. So you can either choose to follow me doing the center block or do each row at a time as the pattern would show (if I’d have not ploughed ahead without thinking).
I took the four centre blocks and laid out as per pattern then sewed the two sets together. Press opposite seams, then sew together down down centre and press this seam open.
With remaining HST press so the seam go towards peach ones and then seam towards Caribbean on the orange ones. Trim dog ears. Now pair up an Orange with a peach and seams should nest together. Sew down middle and press towards orange.
Take two of these blocks and sew them to either side of first centre block. (if you followed me). Then press towards centre block.
Then attach D to either end of the remaining two pairs and press towards the Caribbean.
From the FQ of Garnet, cut the 13.25″ square as per the pattern instructions (the F8 is for block 17).
Follow the rest of the pattern cutting instructions.
You will have some triangles that will be surplus in this pattern, so from the two larger squares A & C, you will only be using one of the triangles.
The triangles on the left are what will make up the block, on the right are surplus.
Place one D on top of C so the bottom and left edge lines up as in the picture. There I’ll be a bit of overhang at the top. Sew and press.
Follow the same process for blocks B & A.
Now repeat on the right hand side. Trim the dog ears and the block should measure 6.5″ x 12″.
Repeat with B and A for the top half of the block.
Then attach the latter block to the top of the first as per the pattern layout and press.
Hey presto, nice easy block.
Use the remainder of FQ & F8 Garnet and part of the Red from block 16 to cut required blocks you need along with the White, Woodrose and Blush Pink.
As with block 16 you will have some spare triangles once cut. From each of the bigger squares you will only be using two of the four triangles.
For speed here I chain pieced all my flying geese, so to begin I placed in order. Following the pattern I took a B and added it to the left hand side of A and as with our other blocks make sure the bottom line and left hand side match up, with a little overhang at the top centre point.
Remember as you go you will have two of each flying geese as we have two identical columns. Then I added D to C, F to E and H to G. Always adding this first one to the left hand side so they all lay the same way.
Press the seams towards the smaller corner triangles with the exception of the white which I pressed in to the Garnet.
Now add the other corner on the right in the same manner, press and trim the dog ears.
Next following the pattern attach your geese together to form the two columns. So they will sit together press one lot of seams up and the other down.
Finally sew the two columns together and another block done.
Here you see those pesky leftover triangles sent to confuse us! I’m thinking there’s lots we could make with all this left over fabrics and some of these fairly big triangles.
Cut as per the pattern nothing unusual to note here.
Add C to left side of B and chain piece four lots, press to red and trim the dog ears. Add the right side in the same way. The block will measure 3.5″ x 6.5″.
Next place onto remaining four C onto D and sew the long edge, press to red and trim. These will measure 3.5″ square.
Now add 2 of the flying geese to the opposite sides of A. Press towards A.
The with remaining two geese add the HST to either end as in the diagram and press towards the HST corner block.
Now add these strips to top and bottom of block press and your done.
Sorry picture of the final block to follow, but rest assured it looked just like the diagram.
We have another tutorial to follow with a recap of some older blocks and constructing Section B of the quilt top.
Hope you’re all doing okay. Some of you are powering ahead and look to be doing really well. So keep going it’s going to be worth it.