Sentimental Journey
2010 Block of the Month

December 2010 - Installment #12

Quilt Block Name:  It Don't Mean A Thing

Stardust Free Quilt Block Pattern

Block Unfinished Size:  16-1/2"

Printing Choices:  Printer Friendly Webpage or PDF File.

Cutting Instructions:

Color

# to Cut

Size & Shape

Second Cut*

Color A (Red)

2

4-7/8"  squares

Color A (Red)

4

2-1/2" x 12-1/2" Rectangles

 

Color B (Brown)

10

2-7/8" squares

Color C (Cream)

4

2-7/8" squares

Color C (Cream)

4

3-3/8" squares

 

Color C (Cream)

2

4-7/8" squares

Color E (Brown Check)

1

3-3/8" square

 


* - Cut once diagonally.    - Cut twice diagonally.

Sewing Instructions:

Step 1:  Place a Color C (cream) 2-7/8" triangle on a Color B (brown) 2-7/8 triangle, right sides together.  Sew along the longest edge using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press the seam allowance toward the Color B (brown) fabric and trim points.  Make 4.  (Each unit should measure 2-1/2".)

Step 2:  Place a Color C (cream) 4-7/8" triangle on a Color A (red) 4-7/8 triangle, right sides together.  Sew along the longest edge using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press the seam allowance toward the Color A (red) fabric and trim points.  Make 4.  (Each unit should measure 4-1/2".)

Step 3:  Sew a Color C (cream) 2-7/8" triangle to the left and right ends of a Color E (brown check) 3-3/8" square as shown below.  Press the seam allowances toward the darker fabric and trim points.  Next, sew a Color C (cream) 2-7/8" triangle to the top and bottom of the same Color E (brown check) 3-3/8" square.  Press the seam allowances toward the darker fabric and trim points.  Make 1.  (This unit should measure 4-1/2" x 4-1/2".)

Step 4:  Sew a Color B (brown) 2-7/8" triangle to the left and right ends of a Color C (cream) 3-3/8" square as shown below.  Press the seam allowances toward the darker fabric and trim points.  Next, sew a Color B (brown) 2-7/8" triangle to the top and bottom of the same Color C (cream) 3-3/8" square.  Press the seam allowances toward the darker fabric and trim points.  Make 4.  (This unit should measure 4-1/2" x 4-1/2".)

Step 5:  Arrange the Step 2 units, the Step 3 unit, and the Step 4 units as shown below.  Sew together to create rows and press the seam allowances away from  the Step 4 units.  Next, sew the rows together to finish the block center.  Press the seam allowances away from the center row.  Make 1.  (This unit should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".)

Step 6:  Sew a Step 1 unit to each short end of a Color A (red) 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" strip.  Press the seam allowances away from the Step 1 units.  Make 2.  (This unit will measure 2-1/2" x 16-1/2".)  

Step 7:  Sew a Color A (red) 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" strip to left and right ends of the block center as shown by numbers 1 and 2 below.  Press the seam allowances away from the block center.  Next, sew a Step 6 unit to the top and bottom of the block center as shown by numbers 3 and 4 below.  Press the seam allowances away from the block center.  (Your block will measure 16-1/2" unfinished.  It will measure 16" when it is sewn into a quilt.)  

 

That's all for this installment.  Borders and Sashing Instructions will follow soon !


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