A Dandy block

The block for April/May 2004 is "A Dandy" block 

Instructions:  Use good quality, 100% cotton pre-washed fabrics.

 The finished block measures 12 inches square.  (12 ½ X 12 ½ inches unfinished).            

1.          white-on-white cutting illustration   
2.            red fabric cutting illustration

3.        piecing red corners

4.     finish piecing red corners

5.        HST piecing

6.              assemble rows

7.                  assemble finished block

Choose a dark red tone-on-tone or small print fabric for the star and a white-on-white for the background.  

1.  From the white fabric, Cut five 4 1/2-inch squares and two 5-inch squares.  Cut the two 5-inch squares in half from one corner to the other.


2.  From the red fabric, cut two 5-inch squares and eight 2 1/2-inch squares.  Cut the two larger squares in half from corner to corner.  


Sewing Directions

3.  Take each of the eight 2 1/2-inch red squares and draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the BACK of the fabric.  (If you prefer, you can fold them in half from corner to corner and press).  
Either way, this marks a sewing line on each of the squares.  Refering to graphic 3 for placement, lay one 2  1/2-inch square, right sides together, on a corner of one of the white rectangles so that the marked sewing line cuts across the corner of the rectangle.  Sew along this marked line.  Trim the corner 1/4-inch away from the sewing line (toward the corner).  Press seam to the dark side.  

4.  Repeat step three with the opposite corner of the white square.  (see graphic 4)
Repeat these steps with three of the remaining white squares.

5.  With right sides together and using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew each of the red triangles to a white triangle along the long sides.  You should end up with four red & white HST squares like those in
graphic 5.  Press to the dark side and trim the square to 4 1/2 inches.

6.  Refering to graphic 6, assemble the block by sewing the pieces together into 3 separate rows first.  
Then sew the rows together to finish the block.  Remember to pin the rows together well at the seams to ensure your corners match up as closely as possible.

THAT'S IT !!!!!

Your completed unfinished block will measure 12 1/2 inches.
12 inches after sewn into a quilt!

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