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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Honoring Women's Rights ~ Week 24

True Blue
We are quilting along with Barabara 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
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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  1. Gorgeous with great instructions. thanks a million.

  2. Joy all around: Ellen is back!!! I missed your tutorials, they are great!!! Thanks for your efforts and time you spend on making this post!!!
    Greetings from Regina

  3. Thanks Donna and Regina! It feels good to be back!

  4. A pretty block and great instruction!
    Some day i'll going to sew this quilt.


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