Flower Pot Block

I’ve been having a wonderful busy summer.  Lots of travel and teaching, working on the garden, finding recipes for using up all that summer squash, and working on the wedding quilt for Roxie and Tom. It’s time I get back to posting on this blog!

This is a sample block for the calendar; it’s called Flower Pot and this posting includes the instructions for making this block.

Block Size 11 1/4″

5″ squares needed:

Two pairs and two singles, a total of six 5″ squares of the main fabric.  Save your pairs for steps 3 & 4.

Background (light) fabrics:

One  5″ square

Two  4 1/8″ squares

Two  3 3/4″ squares

Four  2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces

Eight  2 1/2″ squares

Step 1. Using a single 5″ square of the main fabric and the 5″ square of background fabric make half-square-triangle units following the instructions on the Half-Square-Triangle blog posting.  These half-square-triangles will be 2 1/2″ unfinished.

Step 2. Cut the two 4 1/8″ squares of background fabric twice on the diagonal.

Sew these to the half-square-triangle units from step 1.

Press towards the background triangles.

Step 3.  Using a pair of 5″ squares of the main fabric and eight 2 1/2″ squares of background fabric make four dark flying geese units following the instructions on the Flying Geese Units blog posting.  These flying geese units should measure 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished.

Step 4.  Using a pair of 5″ squares of the main fabric and four 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces of background fabric make four light flying geese units following the instructions on the Flying Geese Units blog posting and reversing the light and dark fabrics.  Cut  the  5″  squares  into eight 2 1/2″ squares – these are your connecting squares. These flying geese units should measure 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished.

Step 5.  Sew the dark and light flying geese units together into sets following the diagram below. Press the seam open.

Detail of pressing

Step 6.  Trim the last 5″ square to 4 1/2″ square.  Arrange the units into three horizontal rows as shown.  Sew the units in each row together; press the seams in the directions indicated. Sew the rows together and press away from the center.

Step 7.  Cut the 3 3/4″ squares of background fabric in half on the diagonal.

Sew the triangles on to the corners of the block.

Square up the block to 11 3/4″ being careful to leave 1/4″ seam allowances at the points.

Flower Pot Block

Enjoy!

Pat

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