Block of the Month presented by Nancy Tubb- due at the May, 2015, meeting
Hearth and Home Block variation
This is an easy block made up of squares and half square triangles. You will need 3 fabrics, a bright spring print focus fabric, a coordinating print or solid and a white solid or tone-on-tone background.
From the white background cut:
A: 8 - 3" squares
B: 4 - 3 ½” squares cut once on the diagonal
From the coordinating print or solid: C: 5 - 3" squares
From the spring print focus fabric:
D: 4 - 3 ½” squares cut once on the diagonal
E: 4 - 3" squares
Using a scant 1/4" seam allowance, sew a B triangle to a D triangle making a half square triangle block. This will be slightly larger than needed, square this up to 3". Continue until all the B and D triangles are sewn and squared up. You will have 8 - 3" half square triangles.
Lay out all the squares and half square triangles according to the diagram. Sew squares and half square triangles together to form the rows. After sewing the first square and half square triangle together, measure the results, it should be 5 ½“ long. Adjust seam allowance if needed. After sewing the first row together it should be 13" long. Press the seams of each row in opposite directions so that seams will nest when sewing rows together. Then sew the rows together matching the seams, pressing these seams open. When you finish, the block should measure 13" x 13" with seam allowances, which will be 12 ½ x 12 1/2" finished.