Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Colorblast - November block from Sherrie D.

Colorblast Block

Hello Ladies!  Sorry so slow getting this up! I had the post almost finished the other day and had to leave my computer for awhile.  When I came back a few hours later the post looked just like I had left it.  As soon as I tried to add the last two pictures the whole post disappeared. I'm still new at this blog thing, a word of warning, if you have to leave for some reason in the middle of a major post, save it before you go!

You should have or be getting the fabric for my block from Jennifer R. soon.  Thanks Jenn for volunteering to distribute kits for me.  Included in the kit is a printed copy of the instructions.  I am doing the red version.  All pieces are precut as that was the only way I could figure to make my fabric yardages come out right. All you have to do is SEW!  This block is traditional piecing and has 33pieces (I know that's a lot, but it is not difficult, just repeats 4 steps over 4 times).  The picture above is what all but two of your finished blocks will look like! (The A Block) Two of you have a B block it is the same to the last row and it has the center fabric as the outside strips)

A little history on this one! Early last spring my daughter and I were in a store where they had this quilt in Red displayed.  They had all the fabric for both the red and blue versions and the printed instructions there.  My daughter said to me "Mom that would be a really cool Fort Dodge Quilt". Her high school colors are Black, Red and White.  I am asking for your help with half of the blocks so that maybe Ican actually finish it before she graduates. She is a junior this year.

Step 1.  Take the 3" black and red block and sew two 3" x 1 3/4" black and white dot strips to the sides.  Make sure all seams are exactly 1/4". Then press seams toward the center block.

Now add two 5 1/2" x 1 3/4" red and white dot strips to the top and bottom of the block and press seams toward the center.

Step 2.  Take two black and white 3" squares and two red and white 3" squares and draw a diagonal line on the wrong side, across each from corner to corner (I just used a mechanical pencil).

Step 3.  Take the black and white squares and place them, right sides together, on the upper left corner and the bottom right corner of your block.  Stitch across the diagonal line, making sure that your stitching line is right next to the point on the center square not overlaping the corner.

  Trim 1/4" beyond seam line  and press black triangles out as shown below. Press seam toward the triangle.

Step 4.  Now take the red and white squares and place them right sides together on the top right and bottom left corners.  Stitch across the diagonal lines.  Again make sure that your stitching line is right next to but not overlapping the point on the center square.  Trim to 1/4" and press point out, pressing seam toward triangle.

Now repeat step one to add 5 1/2 x 1 3/4" black and white strips to the sides of the block pressing seams to the center, and then two 8" x 1 3/4" red and white strips to the top and bottom of the block. Press seams to the center.

Repeat steps 2-4 to add squares to the corners of the block.  Press all corner triangle seams toward the triangles.

Repeat steps 1-4 to add 8" black and white dot strips to the sides of the block and then 10 1/2" red and white strips to the top and bottom of the block and then another set of black and red squares to the corners.  Make sure black is always on the top left and bottom right and red is on the top right and bottom left. 

At this point those of you that have "A" blocks will repeat the same proceedure to add your last 10 1/2" strips to the sides and 13" strips to the top and bottom. Now add your last black and then red squares.

If you have a "B" block you will add the center fabric strips, first the 10 1/12" strips to the sides and then the 13" strips  to the top and then to the bottom.  press seams toward the darker strips on this one.

That's it! Finished "A" block looks like this. The finished block will measure 13" x 13"  

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mardie said...

Looks great! Can't wait to get the kit and get started! I only see the first two steps though. Will the full directions be in the packet?

Sherrie Dillon said...

The full post should be up now. I don't know what happened the first time. The full directions are also in the kit.
Sherrie D.

sdillon said...

I have never seen another November block or one for December. Have I missed something? I live a long way from most of you so I don't actually talk to people often