Saturday, January 11, 2014

Block Tut

I have a few minutes now to show you the block construction for the black and white quilt.  There are only two sizes of black and white to cut out, 3 1/2" x 9" and a 3 1/2" square.  For each block you need two of each.  There are 42 blocks (21 of lighter black and white and 21 or dark black and white).  The size of the unfinished block is 9 1/4".  But you could really make the block any size you want, if you can do the math or know someone that can do the math (my choice in all cases).

You also need a 3 1/2"corresponding colored block for the center.

You sew the three squares together of both light and dark first.  This is an example of one center strip of the light and dark.  You need to iron the same way for each color scheme (light or dark)  so all of the darks are ironed one way and visa versa.  This will eliminate any globs of fabric in the connecting corners.

So you can see that all the light block seams are ironed toward the center block,
and all the dark seams are ironed away from the center block.

You then draw a line from one corner to another and place the light block, with right sides together on the dark block.  This is the cutting line eventually.

I have pinned the blocks stable just at the perimeters of the center block.

I then sewed a line of stitching 1/4" on either side of the drawn line.

then you cut on the drawn line and voila!, you have a
half and half block!  Arrange them to your liking on your design wall, or on the dining room floor, whatever suits you.  Sew together, add some borders if you like, quilt, bind and bundle up!!

1 comment:

Gayle from MI said...

Thanks! Matte needs a new quilt for her bed soon and she loves zebra print so it could be fun doing this block and then a zebra print border. She may even be old enough to want to help me make it.