I'm super excited to bring you our BOM for 2014! I'm calling it Modern Spin ~ a modern spin on classic blocks.
Here's the plan: I'll bring you a BOM (block of the month) at every guild meeting, January-September. My goal is to do 12-18 blocks, so, some months we may have two blocks, or two versions of one block. I'll do the step outs at the meeting, and post directions here on the blog as well. At the meeting, you'll get a more "intense" version, with some piecing and/or design options.
The blocks we're doing are considered classic patchwork blocks. Some you may have heard of before. Others, not so much. I found this book at a thrift store last month and that's where the blocks will come from. (By the way, you can buy it here, if you want your own copy.)
As far as fabric choices, that's up to you. I'm using this bundle, Color Me Retro, by Jeni Baker. I have nine 1/2 yard cuts, plus white as my background. I'll probably add a few more prints as we go through the process. You can go with one fabric line, combine a few, or go scrappy!
How much fabric will you need? Well, each block will finish at 12". In general, I'd say figure on a 1/4 yard, or fat quarter per block.
Here's an idea I'm toying with. Making one version with "everyday" prints, but making a second version with Christmas prints. I usually wait until around October to think, "oh, I'd really like to make a Christmas Quilt." Yeah, right. If I start now, I'll have the blocks already done by this October!
So, without further ado, here's our first block:
From print A cut one 6.5" square
From print B cut eight 3.5" squares
From background C cut eight 3.5" squares
Take four of the B squares and draw a diagonal line on the back of each square. Place a B square on top of the A squared, right sides together. Sew on the diagonal line. (I like to sew just a bit to the outside of the diagonal line, to allow for fold over.) Sew another B square to the opposite side of the A square. Trim the excess fabric, a 1/4" from your sewn seam. Press the B squares (which are now triangles!) out to the corners. Repeat for the remaining two corners. Your block should look like this square in a square and measure 6.5" square.
Lay out your remaining B squares and C squares. Sew two B/C units together and sew these units to the sides of your square in square unit.
Piece the top and bottom rows together. Sew to your middle section.