Unfinished Blocks are 9.5”
Have you visited the quilt collection of the Museum of the Confederacy? Check this web page out for a fabulous look at every quilt in their collection. http://www.moc.org/exhibitions/museum-confederacys-quilts?mode=general This is a very large file and may take a long time to load expecially if you have dial up internet service. I thought it well worth your time to see these wonderful historic quilts. It also has “Zoomify” so you can zoom in to see details. Many quilts have additional photos. I wish other museums could share their collections on the internet this way.
The block is made in two colors. I think it is best if you do not use directional fabric. I chose dark for the triangles and light for the squares.
Cut 8 - 3 ½” square of background fabric (medium print in photo above).
Cut 12 – 2” squares of dark fabric. Mark a line diagonally on each of the blocks
Cut each square in diagonally two times giving you four triangles from each block. Put two triangles of each color aside as we won’t be using them.
to make sure it is still 3 ½” square. Trim the block to that size if necessary.
Using the 4 triangles make a broken dishes block for the center of the block. To trim it to 3 ½” place one of the diagonal lines on your ruler on the diagonal of the block. Where the 4 fabrics meet in the center should be at the 1 ¾” mark on your ruler.
Now it’s time to put the pieces together. I use a piece of cardboard to lay out my pieces to take them to the sewing machine. Sew the units into rows and then sew the rows together.
Ironing: I tend to iron to the dark generally. As much as possible I try to iron seams in opposite directions for easy "nesting".
Block two for May
This is basically another variation on a 9 patch.
Pick two fabrics that contrast with each other. This does work with directional fabrics but you might want to plan how you cut the directional fabric. Additionally you can switch the light for the dark. I have listed cutting instructions as I show it above.
Cut 4 --2 ¾” squares light fabric
Cut 4 – 2 ¾” x 5” rectangles dark fabric
Cut 1 – 5 x 5 square light fabric
Lay out the block as shown in the picture above. Sew light 2 ¾” squares to each side of the dark rectangles. Sew 2 rectangles on opposite sides of the 5” square. Iron seams to the dark. Sew rows together as shown above.
Because there will be 13 blocks in this quilt and we will only be working on the blocks for 11 months I’ll be doing two blocks this time and one other month.*** You might have noticed that this month’s block has not been added to the top picture. SIGH – my windows based computer has lost its mind. (Well, that is what I call it.) I’m hoping to get it back up and running in a week or so. But the big if is whether my computer guru can rescue the files before the whole computer is reformatted. UPDATE: the wonderful computer guru was able to rescue the computer but I haven't gotten time to add the new pictures. I should have put that on my weekly goals!
Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions about these blocks.
Happy quilting all!