Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Blogger Girls Block of the Month II

Welcome!  Hope that you are as excited about the Block of the Month as I am!  First, here is a picture of the quilt.

The blocks are 6" finished.  The blocks are set with sashing and flip corners and they are 9" finished.  The alternate blocks are 9" finished.  The finished size of the quilt is 59" square.  I have posted the first month's instructions as well as the supply list.  Here are the guidelines:

Here's how it works:

Starting January 1st, 2014, I will have a block along with instructions posted on my blog. You can download the block instructions from my website and sew along with us.  This year, each one of the participating bloggers provided me with a block for the quilt.  I wrote the instructions and designed the setting. 

I will post one block a month on the first day of the month from January to July. To make the quilt, you will need to make 2 of each block and 3 of one of the blocks.  For the 3 blocks, I will tell you which block to make 3 of.  Each version of the block will be slightly different so that the quilt will have 13 unique blocks.  I have given you the instructions for the 1st version of each block and the cutting for the 2nd version.  They are mostly the same, so just follow the instructions to creating the second version.  There is also an alternate block and that will be included as one of the blocks, so actually, we will running this for 8 months, 7 blocks and finishing. 

Each participating blogger is using different fabrics so that you can see how beautiful and different each quilt will be.

The best part: It's FREE!!!

Here are the participating bloggers:

Sherri from A Quilting Life -
JoAnne from  A Patriotic Qulter -
Lissa from Moda Lissa ~
Denise from Quilter’s Window ~
Jodi from Pleasant Home ~
Monique from Open Gate Blog ~

Make sure that you check out each blogger to see what their blocks look like.

For the first month, I am going to post the supply list and first block as well as the finishing for each block so that you can add the block sashing as you go.

The first block was designed by me. Click this link to go to the Blogger Girls Block of the Month II page on my website.

The first thing that you need to do is make 4-patches.  Sew the strips together, cut them apart and rotate so that the dark fabrics are in opposite corners, pressing towards the dark.

When you are making the 4-patches for version 2, watch the placements of the light.  Notice that they are mirror images as shown in the picture below and the center is a four-patch instead of a plain square like the first version.
The next thing to do is make your 1/2 square triangles.  Make sure after you make them that you square them up to 2 1/2" square.  I always oversize my 1/2-square triangles and square them up.  This ensures accuracy.  To square them up, I used the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 ruler.

Next, sew the pieces together in rows.
Here are my 2 versions of my blocks:
The blocks should measure 6 1/2" square.

Now for the block finishing.  First, sew on the sashing to both sides of the block and the top and bottom.  Using the 45 degree angle on your ruler, line it up on the seam.  Leave yourself a 1/4" from the corner and trim. 

 Sew a green triangle onto the corner. 
Repeat this procedure for all 4 corners.  Make sure that you do one corner at a time because it is really easy to add the green triangles to the wrong edge if you try to do them all at once. 
 Trim even using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 ruler. 
Using the Fit to be Quarter Companion, line up the center mark of the ruler along the seam as shown.  Make sure that the top off the ruler is flat along the top of the green piece and the right side is even with the 2" x 3 1/2" mark on the ruler.  Trim. 
Sew the triangles cut from the floral for setting squares on the corner and trim even with the block.

 Repeat for all 4 corners. 

You can sew your sashing and corners onto your blocks as you go along or you can do it at the end, it's up to you.

A couple more things, we are going to continue with the flickr group so make sure that you post your blocks as we go.  Also, for Instagram or Twitter, the hashtag will be #bloggergirlsbom . Thanks, JoAnne for setting us up!

Thanks for joining us!