Tips & Hints
The block for October is called An Envelope Motif. It's 1176b in Barbara Brackman's block book. We're going to do this with assorted bright prints and an ecru-on-ecru background. Be sure your prints contrast well with the ecru-on-ecru. The October block will be 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for October.
This block consists of all half square triangles. Here is my favorite method for making them. For each block cut eight 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" squares from assorted bright print fabrics and ecru-on-ecru. Take a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" square of bright print fabric and place it right sides together with an ecru-on-ecru square. Draw a light pencil line from corner to opposite corner on the ecru-on-ecru fabric. Sew a scant quarter inch seam on both sides of the line and cut apart on the pencil line. Press the seam open and trim to 2 3/4 x 2 3/4", making sure the seam goes from corner to opposite corner. You will have 16 half square triangles for each block.
Sew the half square triangles together, four to a row, following the block graphic for correct placement. Press seams open. Sew the rows together, pressing seams open. Repeat for the second block.
The block is 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for October. Please mail your blocks so they will be received by Patty before the end of the month.