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The block for February is 218.2 in Barbara Brackman's book. She calls it Oklahoma Boomer. I've seen it called Tin Man so that's the name I'm going to use. This block uses a 30's print fabric and an ecru on ecru or ecru tone on tone print fabric. I know I said last month that the blocks were going to be alternating between 9" and 12" inch finished, but I changed my mind. I like to put together a top of the sample blocks and I don't want to add extra sashing to half the blocks. So they'll all be 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished in 2013. Next year I think we ought to do five-patches. We haven't done them in a while and I liked the one JoAnn Bishop sent me. The February block will be 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. I'm not sure how we're working the thank you blocks this year, but I'd really like to have a set of these. Please send in an extra one of these for me. Thanks. You will be making three blocks for February.
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. These are cutting directions for one block so be sure to cut enough for three blocks. I will be showing you an easy way to make a flying geese unit, so you may ignore the cutting directions for patches B and F. For patch B cut six 2" x 2" ecru print squares. For patch F cut three 2" x 3 1/2" 30's print rectangles.
Here are the instructions for an easy flying geese unit. Place the 30's rectangle and an ecru square from the previous step right sides together. The square will be at on end of the rectangle. Draw a light pencil line diagonally on the ecru square. Sew along the line. Press the square back on itself to form a triangle. You may leave your unit like this or trim seam allowance to 1/4". Be careful not to trim your triangle. See graphics below.
Repeat the previous steps for the other end of the 30's print rectangle. See graphics below.
You have just finished your tin man's hat. For the head/neck unit, sew a 30's print 1 1/2" x 2" rectangle between two ecru print 1 1/2" x 2" rectangles (E), 2" sides together. Press towards the middle rectangle. Join this to the hat unit, making sure the patches in your head/neck unit are vertical. (See block graphic above.) Press toward the hat unit. Join a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" ecru print square (A) on either side of the previous unit, pressing toward the ecru print squares. This is your first row.
For the arm units sew a 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" 30's print rectangle (C) to a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" ecru print rectangle (D). You will be matching up the 3 1/2" sides. Press toward the 30's print unit. Repeat for the other arm. Sew a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 30's print square (A) between the two arm units. Be sure the arms are horizontal and on the upper part of the units. Press toward the middle square. (See block graphic above for correct placement.) This is your second row.
Join a 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" ecru print rectangle between two 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" 30's print rectangles (C). You will join the 3 1/2" sides. Press away from the ecru print rectangle. Join a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" ecru print square (A) on either side of the previous unit, pressing toward the ecru print squares. This is your third row. Join the three rows, matching seams. Press toward the second row.
Repeat twice more for a total of three blocks. The block is 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making three blocks for February. Please mail your blocks so they will be received by Patty before the end of the month. Please enclose your Priority Mail stamp and a return address label if you have not already done so.