Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt: August Block of the Month
Introducing the August Block of the Month
Lady of the Lake* block is the August Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt Block. Like all blocks in this year’s block of the month challenge, this block is 15″ (finished size) and is created using quick strip-piecing techniques. Simple!
During this 12-month block of the month challenge, all blocks will be made from one 24-piece fat quarter bundle and 2-1/4 yards of cream background fabric. We’re using the fat quarter bundle, Garnet, it’s my most recent fabric line from Penny Rose, a division of Riley Blake Designs. You’re definitely welcome to use another collection of fabric, or fabrics from your stash!
Choose the Fabrics
For the Lady of the Lake block, select the following fabrics from your Garnet fat-quarter bundle. If you’ve chosen another fabric collection, select one medium tone, two dark tones, one light tone, and cream background fabric for a total of five fabrics.
- Five 3-7/8″ squares for HSTs (light fabric)
- Four 3-7/8″ squares for HSTs (medium value)
- Nine 3-7/8″ squares for HSTs (dark value)
- One 9-7/8″ Square for large HST (medium value)
- One 9-7/8″ square for large HST (dark value)
Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
- Layer five light 3-7/8″ squares on five dark 3-7/8″ squares, matching right sides.
- Layer four medium 3-7/8″ squares on four dark 3-7/8″ squares, matching right sides.
- Layer the larger 9-7/8″ squares on each other, matching right sides.
- Mark each block set diagonally from corner to corner, using a fabric marking pen and ruler.
- For greatest accuracy, use a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge. The left side of the gauge is designed to create the 3-1/2″ HST blocks used in the Lady of the Lake.
- Depress the button on the sliding portion of the gauge and move to the 3-1/2″ HST icon on the left side of the gauge.
- Place gauge on the block set, corner to corner. Match corner marks of gauge with corner of block sets. Mark fabric through center of gauge with a fine-point, fabric-marking pen.
The advantage of using the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge is accuracy. It’s easy to double check that the block set fits within the confines of the gauge. If the block set extends beyond or is shorter, trim or cut another block.
Stitch Half-Square Triangle Block Sets
- Attach a 1/4″ patchwork/quilting foot.
- Set machine for a straight stitch, 2.0–2.5 mm in length.
- Align foot along one side of the center marked line; stitch a scant 1/4″ from center marked line. Do not cut the threads.
- Kiss the next block set to the stitched block and chain stitch from one block to the other.
- Clip threads between chain stitched blocks. Rotate blocks 180-degrees. Align foot along second side of center marked line; stitch. Clip threads between chain stitched blocks.
- With a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, cut the blocks apart along centerline markings.
- Press seam allowances toward the darker fabric.
- Create a total of 10 HST units from the light + dark color combination. (One unit will be leftover.)
- Create a total of eight HST units from the medium + dark color combination. (One unit will be leftover.)
- Create a total of two HST units from large 9-7/8″ squares. (One unit will be leftover.)
- All seam allowances are 1/4″.
- Arrange the HSTs and solid squares as shown.
- Join the center three HSTs to create the center-top row. Press seam allowances in one direction.
- Join the center three HSTs to create the center-bottom row. Press seam allowances in one direction.
- Align the center-top and center-lower rows to the large HST.
- Press seam allowances towards center HST.
- Sew the right and left columns of HSTs.
- Join pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance. (Left column shown.)
- Press seam allowances in one direction. (Left column shown.)
- Join the column to the left-hand side of the center unit.
- Match right sides.
- Stitch. Press seam allowances towards the center.
Share Your Success!
If you are on social sites, let all your friends know you are working on Nancy Zieman’s 2017 Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt by tagging your post with the hashtag: #NZBoM. Share your finished blocks with Nancy and her team by emailing them to [email protected].
During the 2015 Quilt Adventure and the 2016 Quilt Extravaganza, I shared three virtual quilt designs made with the month’s single block. This year, I’m changing it up and sharing block color variations of one block. Please note that the fabrics required for color-varied blocks will be slightly different than the original block of the month directions presented.
Take Your Block to the Next Level
- Visualize an entire quilt made from this block. Each block will measure 15″ square when sewn into a quilt. This quilt focuses on the contrasting light and dark halves of the Lady of the Lake block. A total of 16 identical blocks are used in the digital concept below. To further trick they eye with this design, notice the 1-1/2″ sashing strips are matched in value to the adjacent block’s edge. Read more on finishing the quilt in my book Fearless Quilting Finishes.
- Notice the subtle differences in these four color variations of the Lady of the Lake block.
Virtual concepts presented in this post are created using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) software, available at Nancy’s Notions.
Watch Fearless Quilting Finishes on Sewing With Nancy online.
If you missed any of the complete block tutorials, find the 2017 Fat Quarter Mystery Block of the Month on my blog.
Watch for the September Block of the Month on Saturday, September 16, 2017.
Bye for now,