Welcome everyone! I'm so glad that you could join me and really hope that you enjoy making my block for the Block-a-Palooza quilt-along; if you've never been here before why don't you pull up a chair, put your feet up on my table and hang out for awhile? Alright. let's get started!
5 squares 2.5x2.5" Sunkissed Limeade Summer Garden
4 squares 2.5x2.5" Sunkissed Lemonade Picnic Plaid
24 squares 2.375x2.375" (2 3/8") Moda Bella Solid in Light Lime
6 squares 4.25x4.25" Sunkissed Orangesicle Petals
All seams are 1/4" and the block will measure 12.5x12.5" to finish at 12" square.
We're going to start with constructing our geese - using the "no-waste" method - so first up: a little prep work!
On the wrong side of each of your solid fabric squares draw a line traversing diagonally from point to point.
Pin two of your solid squares to one 4.25x4.25" print square, right sides together, as shown in the picture above. The two solid squares should overlap a bit in the centre.
Sew a 1/4" seam on either side of the lines that you drew using them as a guide.
Using your rotary cutter, cut along the line that you drew so that you now have two triangle halves.
Press your seams towards the solid fabric.
On each of the triangles that you just pressed, pin another solid square so that it is lined up with the top point (flush along the sides of the triangle) and overlaps the solid triangles on the bottom.
Once again, sew 1/4" on either side of the line that you drew on the solid fabric.
Using your rotary cutter, cut through the line that you drew.
Press your seams towards the solid fabric and trim off the extra little "nubbins" so that you have rectangles. Repeat these steps with your remaining solid squares and 4.25" print squares. You have now made your geese - give yourself a little pat on the back, woot!
Now it's time to construct out centre ninepatch!
Lay out your ninepatch as shown in the picture above with your five 2.5" square at the corners and centre and your four 2.5" squares filling in the spaces between.
Sew your squares into rows and then...
Sew your rows together to form the centre ninepatch!
Now here we put the two - geese and ninepatch - together! Do the next step twice so that you have a border for both the top and bottom of your ninepatch:
Line up four geese and sew together to form a strip.
Align your strips at the top and bottom of the ninepatch - the geese at the top should point to the right and the geese at the bottom should point to the left - pin and sew with right sides together. Press seams towards the geese.
Do this next step twice to form your side borders:
Sew six geese together to form a strip. Sew two more geese together and than align at the top of your strip so that the long strip is pointing south and the short strip is pointing east - see above photo for visual.
Reverse one of your side border strips so that the two geese are pointing west. Line up your strips on the left and right-hand sides of your blocks as shown in the picture above and sew with right sides together. Press seams towards the geese.
Look at that - you're done! Now wasn't that fun?
Now if you'd like the PDF just click here! Don't forget that block #6 will be up on Thursday courtesy of Monica of Happy Zombie.
Edit: Some people are having trouble printing the PDF directly from Google Docs. If you are having issues, try downloading the PDF to your computer first before printing.