Row Quilt 2009

Here's row Four!

You've got two choices of block size this month - if you're making the 36 inch wide quilt, you'll probably want to make the 6 inch size, so your quilt doesn't get too long. If you're doing the 60 or 72 inch quilt, you will probably want to do the 12 inch block, but it's up to you. :)

I've seen several names for this block, EQ is calling it Mosaic #19, or Castle Wall (if the star point triangles and square in square triangles are the same color.)

  • For a 36 inch wide quilt, you'll need to make six 6 inch blocks.
  • If you're making a 60 inch wide quilt, you'll need five 12 inch blocks or ten 6 inch blocks.
  • If you're making a 72 inch wide quilt, you'll need six 12 inch blocks or twelve 6 inch blocks.
Below, you'll see the single block outline, uncolored, then several sets of three blocks, colored different ways.
The block can fit together in a multitude of interesting patterns, depending on where the lights and darks are.
Do you want to emphasize the stars more, or the diamonds in the middle?

Do you want to alternate fabric placement or keep it the same for every block?

Lots of ways to color this block. Which one do YOU like the best?

On the left is the rotary cutting diagram to make a 12 inch finished block.

These measurements are what you need to use if you're making a 60 inch or 72 inch wide, twin, full, or double sized quilt.

I'm going to cut 4 inch squares to make all of my A unit triangles from, and then trim them to size after sewing, instead of what the diagram shows.

Here on the right is the rotary cutting diagram to make a 6 inch finished block.

Use this diagram if you're making a 36 inch wide quilt.

If you want a shorter 60 or 72 inch wide quilt, like for a snuggle quilt or large wall hanging, you could also use this size instead of the 12 inch finished size above.

If you need more instructions to make this block, or can't decide which size to pick, just go to the bulletin board. We've got lots of quilters that can help!

First, I sewed my half square triangles for the four corners. Usually I use a paper grid, but this time, I chain pieced these. If you look close, you can see my little thread tail still connecting the triangles.

For the four flying geese segments you need for each block, DON'T center these triangles.

Match the tip of the wing (where the ballpoint pen is pointing) and sew toward the 'head' or middle of the goose.

Trim that little bit that pokes out, (that white bit you see between the 14 and 15 on my cutting board) then sew the other triangle on, again matching the wing tip and sewing to the goose head.

The square-in-square for the center is a nice big block (if you're doing the 12 inch size.) That's good if you want to fussy cut a motif or use a big print there.

When you're adding the triangles, center them on the square. I did right and left sides, then trimmed the dog ears and sewed top and bottom. Last, press all your block bits, then trim.

If you're making the 12 inch block, the corner half square triangles should be trimmed to 3½ square.

The four flying geese units should be trimmed to 3½ x 6½.

The center square-in-square block should be trimmed to 6½ square.

Why bother with all this trimming?

Because it really helps your sewing accuracy! Take a look at the picture below.

That's my hst trimmed to 3½ square.

I lined up the trimmed slivers from trimming only 4 hst units ... now look at the markings on my cutting board. If I HADN'T trimmed, the block would have been off that much! Eeek!

Next, I lay out all my pressed and trimmed units, exactly as I want to sew them together. This is especially important, because I want to alternate those half square triangles every other block ... some will be green IN, like the one on the left, and some sewn green OUT, like the block below.

Laying them out like this will hopefully keep me from making any mistakes sewing them together!

A few of my blocks will have brown centers, green geese, and brown corners, while the others will have green centers, brown geese, and green corners. All of my stars will be this unbleached muslin.

But that's only on mine - how will you be designing YOURS?

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