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Block of the Month
February 2003
Squares
 
This block came from a quilt design by Jan Mullen. It intrigued me because I thought it would make a great scrap quilt that would be quick and easy to assemble for a donation baby quilt. It would also look great with coordinated fabrics such as blues and whites or all bright fabrics.

All blocks are 6 inches finished. However there are three different size centers which give the quilt a fun, haphazard look.  Cutting does not need to be accurate until the final squaring-up process. The center square should not be a perfect square. You can cut a bit bigger and a bit crooked when you see the ish measurement. To make a 36" by 40" quilt you will need 42 squares; 14 small-center blocks, 14 medium-center blocks and 14 large-center blocks. Join the blocks side by side With 7 rows of 6 blocks


 
Cutting a Small Center Block:

1.  Cut a 3" ish center square.
2.  Cut two, 3" ish side pieces from background fabric.
3.  Cut two 3" x 7" ish edge rectangles from background fabric.

Cutting a Medium Center Block:

1.  Cut a 4” ish center square.
2.  Cut two 2 ½”ish side pieces from background fabric
3.  Cut two 2 1/2" x 7" ish edge rectangles from background fabric.

Cutting a Large Center Block:

1.  Cut a 5"ish center square.
2.  Cut two 2”x 5” ish side pieces from background fabric
3.  Cut two 2" x 7 1/2" ish edge rectangles from background fabric

Piecing a Block:
1 Trim the center square to the shape you like. Crooked is good.

2 Stitch the two side pieces to opposite sides of the center square

3. Trim to straighten the edges.  Tapering is good!

4. Stitch on the edge rectangles.

5.  Trim to a 6 1/2" square.


 
 





 
 
 

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