Sunday, July 13, 2014

MYSTERY SEASONAL SAMPLER MONTH #7 - 2014

Do you realize we are half way through with the Seasonal Mystery Sampler?  The second half we are going to also make a bunch whole lot of flying geese units.  I was going to give you the instructions this month but I forgot that this month's Mystery Seasonal Sampler block isn't just one block, it's really 4 blocks.  But don't worry, they're all pretty easy.  So, I'll give you the flying geese instructions next month.

These are the 4 blocks you're going to make this month.






Let's take them one block at a time.

BLOCK #1 - CHURN DASH BLOCK


Cutting Directions:

1 - 6 1/2" square (I used a focus fabric as I promised there was no applique.)
2 - 4" squares  - fabric #1 (light)
1 - 2" x 28" strip fabric #1 (light)
2 - 4" squares - fabric #2 (dark)
1 - 2" x 28" strip fabric #2 (dark)

Assembly:

1.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of each Fabric #1 4" square.  Place right sides together with a Fabric #2 4" square.  Sew 1/4" on each side of the diagonal line.  Cut apart of the diagonal line.  Press to Fabric #2.  Trim to 3 1/2" square.  Repeat for a total of 4 half square triangles.


2.  Sew a Fabric #1 strip and a Fabric #2 strip together lengthwise.  Press to Fabric #2.  Sub cut into  4 - 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles.

3.  Lay the center 6 1/2" block, half square triangles, and strip rectangles out as pictured and sew together.



Block #1 Churn dash Block is finished.  It should measure 12 1/2" square unfinished.

BLOCK #2 PATCH FRIENDSHIP BLOCK


Fabric #1 - Red - Cut 1 strip 1 1/2" x 13
Fabric #2 - Blue - Cut 2 - 3" squares
Fabric #3 - Cream/Tan - Cut 1 strip 1 1/2" x 13
                                    Cut 2 - 3" squares
Fabric #4 - Gold - Cut 1 - 2 1/2" square

Assembly:

1.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of each Fabric #2 blue 3" square.  Place right sides together with a Fabric #3 cream 3" square.  Sew 1/4" on each side of the diagonal line.  Cut apart of the diagonal line.  Press to Fabric #2.  Trim to 2 1/2" square.  Repeat for a total of 4 half square triangles.

2.  Sew the Fabric #1 Red strip and Fabric #3 cream strip together lengthwise.  Press to Fabric #1.  Sub-cut into 8 - 1 1/2" strips. 
3.  Sew two strips sets together to make a 4 patch unit.  These should measure 2 1/2" square.  Repeat for 4 - 4 patch units.

4.  Using the 4 patch units, half squae triangles, and center 2 1/2" square, lay the block out as shown and sew together.  This block should measure 6 1/2" unfinished.

Block #2 Patch Friendship is now finished.

BLOCK #3 OHIO STAR FLAG
Cutting:
Fabric #1 - Red - Cut 3 strips 1 1/2" x 12 1/2"
Fabric #2 - Blue - Cut 4 - 2" squares
                           Cut 1 4 1/2" square (for flying geese using Eleanor Burns method)
Fabric #3 - Cream/Tan - Cut 3 strips 1 1/2" x 12 1/2"
Fabric #4 - Gold - Cut 1 - 6" square (for flying geese using Eleanor Burns method)
                           Cut 1 - 3 1/2" square

Assembly:

1.  Sew each red strip and cream strip together lengthwise in the order indicated in the picture.  Press to the red.  Trip to 6 1/2" x 12 1/2"
2.  Using the 4 1/2" blue square and the 6" gold square, make 4 flying geese units using Eleanor Burns method for flying geese.  You can see the instructions here.  Her method is my favorite method for making flying geese.  They always come out perfect and very little waste of fabric.  You do need her specialty rulers for her method though.

Using the picture as a guide, sew the 1 1/2" blue squares, flying geese units, and the 3 1/2" gold square to make the Ohio Star block.  Trim to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".


4.  Sew Ohio Star block to the left side of the red and white strip set.  Trim to 18 1/2" x 6 1/2".


SNOWBALL BLOCK

Cutting Directions:
Fabric #1 - cut 1 - 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square (I used a focus fabric panel)
Fabric #2 - cut 4 - 2 1/2" squares

Assembly:
1.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 4 Fabric #2 squares.  Place a square in each corner of the 6 1/2" square block.  Sew on the diagonal line.  Cut 1/2" away from stitching line and press to triangle to outer corner.  



Whew!  You made it all the way through all four blocks.  My second color way looks pretty much like the first one this month.  One is just a little brighter than the other.  






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