Tips & Hints
The block for January is a churn dash variation I have named snowflake. This block uses a blue print fabric and a white on white or white tone on tone print fabric. The blocks this year are alternating 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" and 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished (just to keep everyone on their toes). The January block will be 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for January.
Here is a pdf of the cutting directions generated with Electric Quilt 7. Please click here to display the pdf file. You can also right click and save to your computer. Please note that you will cut 2 3/8" squares and then cut them in half diagonally. So four squares would yield eight triangles. If you're not making the half square triangle units in the next step then you would cut six blue 2 3/8" squares and two white 2 3/8" squares for each block. And you will cut two 3 7/8" squares of the white fabric for each block. (In the EQ7 rotary cutting directions they consider each triangle to be a separate unit. That's why you actually need half the number as you will be cutting squares into two triangles.) Please click here for templates and here for foundations for the four corner squares. That should cover everyone's preferences for piecing. Remember to print pdfs with no scaling for accurate sizing.
If you prefer, you can make the half square triangle units a little larger and cut them down to size. That's the method I prefer. In that case, you would cut two 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares each of the blue and white fabrics for each block. With right sides together, draw a light line on the wrong side of the white fabric from one corner to the opposite corner. Sew a scant quarter inch on either side of the line and cut on the line. Press the seams of each unit toward the blue fabric and trim to 2" x 2". Below is a scan of the unit with the quarter inch seams sewn and one cut apart and pressed.
Sew a blue print 2 3/8" triangle to one side of the white triangle in the half square triangle unit. Press toward the blue triangle. See the scans below. I've scanned with the lighter side up so you can see the stitching line. See scans below.
Sew a blue print 2 3/8" triangle to the other side of the white triangle. Press toward the blue triangle. See scans below. If you have one of those Fons and Porter triangle trimmer tools, this is a good place to use it. Trim off any "dog ears". See scans below.
Join the previous unit to a 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" white print triangle, along the longest side. This is a bias edge, so be careful not to stretch it while sewing. Sew through the "x" created by the previous seams to yield a perfect point. Press toward the white triangle. See scans below.
Join a blue print 2" x 3 1/2" rectangle to a white print rectangle of the same size along one of the long sides. Press toward the blue fabric. Repeat three more times. You can also piece two strips 2" wide by approximately 15" long, press toward the blue fabric and then cut four 3 1/2" wide units from the strip set. Join a unit from the previous steps to each end of one of the units. Press away from the center unit. Repeat. These are rows one and three. See scan below.
Join the remaining rectangle units to opposite sides of the 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" blue fabric square. Press toward the blue square. This is the second row. See scan below.
Join the three rows in the order shown in the block graphic at the top of the page. Press away from the center row. Below is a scan of my first two rows joined together. Be sure to match your seams.
Repeat for the second block. The block is 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for January. Please mail your blocks so they will be received by Patty before the end of the month. And I'm guessing she will need a Priority Mail stamp as well.