Sunday, March 30, 2014

March BOM

Hey All!

Sorry for the delay! I've got two blocks for you for March: Double T and Spinning Stars.

Let's start with Double T

You'll need:

(1) 5" square of color 1
(1) 5" square of color 2
(2) 5" squares of background
(1) 4.5" square background for center
(8) 2.5" squares of color 1
(8) 2.5" squares of color 2
(8) 4.5" x 2.5" rectangles of background

Make half square triangles with the red/white and green/white 5" squares. Trim to 4.5" square. Set aside.

Make flying geese.  There are hundreds dozens of ways to make flying geese. This is one of them! First, set up your machine for easy chain piecing. Take a piece of painters tape and run it from just below where your needle is, down the length of you machine towards you. This is so you don't have to mark the back of the 2.5" squares with a sewing line. Take one background rectangle. Place a colored 2.5" square on one side. Sew from the left top corner, out to the lower right corner, keeping the lower right "point" of the pieces on the edge of the painters tape. Chain stitch all of the right sides to the background rectangles. Important: If you look at the flying geese, you'll notice red on the right side and green on the left side on half four of the geese. It's reversed for the other four, red on left, green on right. Make sure you sew the squares accordingly.

Make 8 flying geese units.  Sew the flying geese together in pairs. When sewing the geese pay attention to the top X where the seams come together. Sew right on or just to the right of the X. You don't want to cut off any points!

Once your geese are sewn in pairs, lay out your blocks and sew together in rows, just like in previous blocks! You're finished!

Next block: Spinning Stars (super easy!)


(4) 6.5" blocks assorted colors for background
(2) rectangles 7" x 4" for star points (note: I used kona white for my stars. If you're using a print, or a fabric that has a definite right and wrong side, you'll need to double this fabric.)

Cut background (white) in half on the diagonal.

Place cut triangle on top of background fabric.

Do a test flip, to make sure the triangle will cover the background fabric when sewn.

Sew a quarter inch seam, following the cut edge of the white fabric. Trim out background fabric, press, square to 6.5". Repeat for remaining 3 pieces of background (green) fabric. Arrange 4 blocks so that the star "spins". Sew together in  and rows. That's it ~ easy peasy!

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