Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt: July Block of the Month
Introducing the July Block of the Month
Red Cross* block is the July 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 Red Cross block, select the following fabrics from your Garnet fat-quarter bundle. If you’ve chosen another fabric collection, select two medium tones, one dark tone, one light tone, and the background fabric, for a total of five fabrics.
- Four 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ dark rectangles
- One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ light square
- Eight 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ background squares
- Four 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ medium squares (paisley)
- Four 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ medium squares (tan)
Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
- Align block sets, right sides together. A print is paired with a solid block.
- 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 this month’s block.
- 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 to your machine.
- 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 sixteen HST units.
- All seam allowances are 1/4″.
- Sew a total of four HST blocks:
- Join pairs of different fabric HSTs together.
- Sew pairs together; locking the center seam allowances.
- Match right sides and lay a dark rectangle along the right hand edge of the HST unit.
- Sew together.
- Open and press seam toward the rectangle.
- Add the remaining HST unit on the right.
- Open and press seam toward the rectangle.
- Repeat these steps to create the identical bottom row.
- Use the remaining two dark fabric rectangles and light fabric square to create the center row.
- Sew the light square to the right hand side of one rectangle, matching the 3-1/2″ sides.
- Open and press seam toward the darker fabric.
- Add the last rectangle to the right hand side of the lighter fabric square.
- Stitch. Open and press seam toward the darker fabric.
- Arrange the three rows.
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. The first quilt presented is a the Red Cross block in a traditional on-point setting. Read more on finishing the quilt in my book Fearless Quilting Finishes.
- Notice the subtle differences in these four color variations of the Red Cross 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 August Block of the Month on Saturday, August 19th.
Bye for now,