Wednesday, February 13, 2013

True Blue

 
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We are quilting along with Barbara Brackman's
Block of the Week, Grandmother's Choice.


This is how I made my block, the directions may differ
a bit from the original. But using these measurements
my block came out to a perfect 8 1/2''. There will be
measurements that WILL freak you out, just go with
it and I promise, in the end it is easy...


Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A: Fussy Cut
1 - 3 3/16'' square

Fabric B: Red
4 - 1 13/16'' squares (this is the
freak out measure!)

Fabric C: Blue
4 - 1 13/16'' squares (again!)
2 - 4'' squares

Fabric D: Green
2 - 4'' squares - Mark a
diagonal line on back.

Fabric E: White print
8 - 1 13/16'' squares (last one!)

Regarding the Freak Out Measure:
Okay, I don't like them either but if
we want to make an 8 1/2'' block into
a 9-patch, well then, we have to deal
with some wonky measures. Just look
at it ~ 1 13/16'' is in the middle of 1 3/4''
and 1 7/8''. If you need to stick a little
piece of painters tape on your ruler to
remind you, that's fine.


Make Half Square Triangles:

Pair Fabric C and D 4'' squares with right
sides together. Sew 1/4'' away from each
side of drawn line, cut on drawn line, press
seam to the darker fabric and square to 3 3/16''.


Make 4-Patch Units:

Layout the freak out squares (1 13/16'')
as shown and sew together in 2 rows.
Press seam in row 1 to the right and seam
in row 2 to the left. Sew rows together.


Layout units as shown and sew together
in 3 rows. (Note: I rotated my 4 patches
because I liked how that looked in one of
Becky's blocks.) Press seams in rows 1 and
3 to the outside and seams in row 2 to the
inside.


Sew rows together and press final seams
open to reduce bulk. Square to 8 1/2''.
Mine came out just about perfect, which
considering the freak out measures, makes
me happy ~ I guess it was worth it!


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