Squirrel in a Cage
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The block for September is often called Rolling Stone, but an alternate name is Squirrel in a Cage. It's 1727 in Barbara Brackman's block book. We're going to do this with assorted red prints and a white-on-white background. My block graphic is showing two different red prints. The September block will be 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for September.
Click here for the rotary cutting directions for the block. Click here for foundations for the square in a square corner units. Be sure to print the foundations with no scaling so they will come out the correct size.
Here is my favorite method for making the corner square-in-a-square units. If you're using this method, ignore the instructions for cutting triangles and the smaller red squares (2 5/8" x 2 5/8") in the cutting diagram. Cut four 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares from red print fabric. (This is in addition to the square of the same size that you will need for the center units of the blocks. The center unit is the same fabric as the rectangles.) Cut 16 2" x 2" square from white-on-white fabric. Take a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square of red print fabric. Place a square of white-on-white fabric lined up with two opposite corners, right sides together. Draw a light pencil line from corner to opposite corner. Sew just slightly inside the line and press the white-on-white fabric back onto itself. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4". Repeat for the other two corners. Make four for each block.
Next sew the 3 1/2" x 2" red print rectangles to the 3 1/2" x 2" white-on-white rectangles, along the 3 1/2" side. Press towards the red fabric. Make four of these for each block. Sew one of the previous units between two square-in-a square units from the previous paragraph. Press away from the square-in-a-square units. This is the first row. Repeat for the third row. The red rectangles will be on the outside of the row. See the block graphic above for correct placement. Sew the units made from rectangles on either side of the red 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square. The red rectangles will be on the ends. Press seams toward the red square. See block graphic above for correct placement. This is the second row. Sew the rows together, matching seams and checking the block grahic for correct placement. Press the seams towards the middle row. Repeat for the second block.
The block is 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for September. Please mail your blocks so they will be received by Patty before the end of the month.