The blocks are similar to a traditional pattern called Kite Tails.
To create one 12" block:
Start by selecting FIVE background fabrics (or one!). Trim each to 3.5" wide x 19".
Select FIVE print fabrics. Trim each of these to 1.5" wide x 19".
Lay them out in an order that pleases.
(Note: The second colored strip will end up being in the center, running diagonally across the block)
Press the seam toward the skinny, colored strips.
Align the pieced unit on your cutting mat, and cross-cut Twelve(12) 1.5" wide strips.
Starting from the bottom of the 12 strips, slide them to the right, so that they stagger.
(My pink strip was short, please pretend there are two full squares of pink are present at the top-left!)
It'll look like this:
A note about block direction: So far, I am making all my blocks the same direction, sliding the strips to the right as I go up. I may switch later in the year, to make half of my blocks slide to the left)
OK, next we need to "square it up", to prepare the strips for piecing.
I think of this as a vertical 'datum line' that needs to be created,
The line will run vertically up, from the left edge of the second print (this print will be the bottom-left corner of the block)
Seams will need to be removed every third row, running vertically from there.
Once these are removed, the second and third strips can be cut with a rotary cutter.BTW, use a seam ripper very carefully for these.
So as not to distort the pieces, I cut several stitches from one side,
then remove the thread from the other.
Create a vertical line on the right side as well, removing stitches and cutting each strip, upward from the left-edge of the fourth colored square.
Match and nest the corners as you sew the rows together.
I use a smaller stitch size here because I'll be pressing these final seams open.
Oh My, look at all those leftovers!
Using leftovers to make borders as I go:
Line up the leftovers and cut them apart through their centers.
Want to add a heart to your blocks?
Just replace one square with a piece 2.5" by 1.5".!
Did I mention I LOVE making these blocks!
Every month, I look forward to the new color announcement so I can reveal more of this quilt!
Until April, they are safely stowed..
Sew Simple Saturday is a great place to share tips and tutorials!
Jan is launching a Little Dresses for Africa SewAlong,
with a tutorial and more information posted today!