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Block 4 and 5 - More Simple Blocks



This next block looks like a 9 Patch but it isn't.  Look closely, the center is one long rectangle (but it could be pieced as a 9 Patch).  I found this block called Red Cross - just image it in red and white.

I would have made this block 2 but the block is 10 inches square and 3 does not divide evenly into 10.  The squares were cut 3 7/8 inches which is not an easy number to deal with and I usually try to avoid.

As I'm progressing in the blocks I'm having more fun with the modern versions (after all, the traditional colors are a bit dull).



How's that for an explosion of color?  I love the different circles crashing up against each other.


Now, back to the traditional colors.  The next block is a variation of the traditional Shoo Fly block and it is a 9 inch block so no 7/8's to cut!



Both of these blocks (and many others) are made of brown and tan stripes.  I had the hardest time finding stripes in these colors resembling the stripes in the original quilt.  I basically took what I could get.  Dealing with stripes can be fun.  For the most part I'm trying to match the way the original was pieced.  Here all the stripes went in the same direction but I accidentally put the center of the Shoo Fly going the wrong way.  It's hardly noticeable and I tend not to get to stressed about details like that.

The corners of this block are half square triangles (known as HST's).  There are tons of these in quilt blocks (in general) and many more will be coming up in this quilt.  They are essential skill to master and there are instructions in almost any quilt book and countless online tutorials.  One here is a tutorial for this block.  It calls this colorway the Big O Block.  I cut my squares 4 inches to yield blocks that will finish to 3 inches.

One thing to watch for is the corner triangles if you are using striped fabric.  You are making 4 units so 2 need to lean to the left and 2 need to lean to the right.  So, when you mark the diagonal line on your squares pay attention to the direction of the stripes.  I was super paranoid when I made this block and I got the stripes  lined up the way I wanted.



And again I went wild with the modern versions and I didn't have to worry about stripes. I love the dark fabric.  I've seen different colorways of this fabric peeking out of quilts in books and magazines.  I have it in pink with bigger circles that showed up in one of last weeks blocks.


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