Squash Blossom #86

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This is the first block I ever made from this book.  I was making a southwest quilt for my best friend’s 20th wedding anniversary, and when I saw this block, I knew it would be perfect for the cornerstones.  And it was!COLORES cornerstones

Here are the cornerstones I made, using the leftover fabric from the main blocks of the quilt.




COLORES CornerstoneHere is one of the cornerstones set into the quilt.




COLORES FRONT (2) (800x533)And here’s the finished quilt.  In retrospect, I wish I’d made a few more of them and scattered them around the border.  But this was only my 3rd quilt and adding the four cornerstones was adventuresome enough!






2014-02-08 21.45.44This is kind of an intricate block.  The trickiest part is making sure all the points are centered.

Starting from the outside row, sew the #90 and #90R pieces to either side of the #20 triangle.  Repeat this for row #6.  For row 2, sew the #89 and #89R pieces to either side of the #49 piece.  Repeat this for row 5.

For rows 3 and 4, sew the #91 and #91R to either side of the #20 center triangles.  Then sew the #13 triangles to the ends of the #91 and #91R pieces.

For this block, I found it easier to press all the seams open, as it cut down on the bulk.




2014-02-08 22.06.03Place rows 3 and 4 right sides together.  I found it easiest to match up the seams and hold them in place with pins.  This is the tricky part, because all those points have to mesh.

After that, just work your way out, matching the center of each row to the center of the next, and match the seams carefully.





2014-02-08 22.26.46I think what I like best about this block is that it is so completely different from any other block in the quilt.  Play around with the colors, see how striking you can make yours.



Square Dance #85

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Out here in The West (I live in Utah), square dancing can be a big deal.  The men get to wear jeans,  boots, and button down shirts, generally in a solid color that matches their partner’s getup.  The women, on the other hand, wear bright blouses with coordinating skirts that are almost horizontal because of all the ruffled petticoats underneath!  Added to this are stockings and sensible heels.  I’ve always thought square dancers looked like they were having a good time, but it’s never something I wanted to do.  All those ruffles and the stockings don’t look comfortable at all.  And I learned LONG ago that I do much better in flats than in heels.  This was proved by the countless twisted ankles that are bound to happen anytime I slip into something less comfortable than my TEVA sandals!

2014-02-08 15.00.20 Like square dancing, this block can be a lot of fun.  The fabrics used can give a lot of movement to the block.  Here’s how I made mine.

The center of the block is so big it’s a great place for a fussy cut.  In this case, I used a charm square I had.  Working my way around the block, I sewed the #89 and #89R to either side of the #20 triangles.  After pressing the seams flat, I sewed two #19 squares to either side of the top and bottom rows.




2014-02-08 15.13.48Next, I sewed the left and right rows to the sides of the center block.  Do it carefully so that the points of the triangles hit the block neatly.  I pressed the seams open

Using pins to help me match the seams, I then sewed the top and bottom rows to the center.


And that’s it!  I don’t have a picture of the center block for some reason.  But, grab your fabrics, bow to your machine, and sew your block, do-si-do.

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