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We are into month five of my new years sewing resolution! It feels good to be completing this every month and we are already close to the halfway mark! If you haven’t read about my resolution for this year, that is 2012, I plan to stitch one new quilt block every month. The concept is that by making one quilt block every month, I will have a total of 12 blocks by the end of the year, ready to be sewn together into a new quilt. And moving forward, I have this months quilt block ready to share with you!
For this month’s block, my fifth block in the series, I am building a simple patchwork block, with squares of 2 inch (plus seam allowances) each. This also will use a lot of your scrap fabrics, or you can into new fabrics.
To begin, trim scrap fabrics to measure 2 inches (+seam allowances) squares. We need 13 such squares. For the remaining three squares, I pulled out some scraps from the earlier blocks that had two or three fabrics joined together
I ironed out the last three scraps, and I they will look good as a 2 inch block. You can easily sew two or three fabric bits together to form such a block.
Trim these blocks to form an 2 inch (plus seam allowances) block each.
Place the blocks to form a grid of 4 blocks by 4 blocks. Move the blocks around till you have an arrangement you like.
Pin the blocks together, and then sew them rows together first, and then columns together. Iron the seams open.
And that’s it! You now have another months block complete!