Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt: February Block of the Month
Introducing February’s Block: Meet at Home
Meet at Home is February’s Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt Block. Like all blocks in this year’s block of the month challenge, the block is 15″–finished size—and is based on a combo of half-square triangles and squares. Simple.
This block has many names; I chose to use Meet at Home as all “roads” lead to the center or hearth of the block. Okay, you gotta use your imagination.
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, not including backing or binding. 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 February block, select the following fabrics from your Garnet fat-quarter bundle. If you’ve chosen another fabric collection, select two darker tones, two medium tones, and the background fabric for a total of five fabrics
Half-Square Triangles (HSTs)
Cut the following to create four HSTs:
- Two squares measuring 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ from medium fabric (garnet leaves with white background)
- Two squares measuring 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ from dark fabric (garnet flowers on garnet background)
- Option one: Mark each block set diagonally from one corner to the other, using a fabric marking pen and ruler.
- Option two: Use a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge. The left side of the gauge is designed to create HST blocks.
- 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.
Note from Nancy: 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.
- Set four half-square triangles aside.
Shown top row left to right, then bottom row left to right:
- Cut four squares 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ from light fabric. (cream/background)
- Cut eight squares 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ from medium fabric. (garnet leaves on white)
- Cut four squares 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ from dark fabric. (garnet flowers on garnet)
- Cut four squares 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ from dark fabric. (bold pattern on garnet)
- Cut one square 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ from medium fabric. (pink flowers on pink)
- Arrange the large block as shown:
- Join pairs of blocks to create rows.
- Stitch one row at a time, starting with the top row.
- Row One:
- Row Two:
- Row Three:
- Row Four:
- Row Five:
- Press odd numbered row seam allowances in one direction and even numbered seam allowances in the opposite direction.
- Arrange the rows.
- Add the fifth row.
- Stitch the final row seam to create the block.
The second block in the 2017 Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt is solved!
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 you 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. The image below shows 20 blocks framed with 3″ sashing and pieced corner-stone blocks. Read more on finishing the quilt in my book Fearless Quilting Finishes. This quilt as shown measures 82″ x 100″.
- Notice the subtle differences in these four color variations of the Meet Me at Home block.
Virtual concepts presented in this post are created using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) software, available at Nancy’s Notions.
Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks on Sewing With Nancy online.
Watch for the March Block of the Month on Saturday, March 18th.
If you missed any of the complete block tutorials, find the 2017 Fat Quarter Mystery Block of the Month on my blog.
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