I’m busily preparing to leave on vacation and just happened to see that I’m up for August to request a block. So this post will be short and sweet and scheduled. Well, maybe two out of the three.
I requested the Wanta Fanta Blocks last year when I was also in the Blossom Heart Bee but only received blocks from three of my hive mates (and 2 other blogging friends) so I’m thinking I need to ask for more of these so I can finish this quilt with lots of scrappiness.
This blocks consists of two snowball units and two X units. I thought I’d simplify this block and ask that you just make the units and not sew the units together as pictured above. Just trim each unit and mail. That will require less of your time and allow me to scatter your units around to create a more scrappy look.
Background: Please use either a solid white or white on white for the background.
Fabrics A, B, C, and D should all be a different orange fabric— any shade or tone except for peach. I am going for a very scrappy orange look so anything goes such as solids and prints and batiks as long as orange is the main color.
To make the snowball units:
Cut two 6.5″ squares from solid white or white on white.
Cut eight 2.5″ squares from orange fabric as listed above.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the orange squares and another one 1/2″ away. Place each orange square with RST on the corners of each white square.
Sew just a hair’s width on the outside of the line towards the corner.
Trim seam by cutting between the two stitching lines.
Press seam towards corner. It just seems logical.
Trim block to 6.5″ Please make two.
To make the X Units: Make sure your printer will be printing at 100%. Print out two pages of the paper pieced pattern included in the pattern link above. Measure the test box.
The pattern gives approximate fabric requirements but you could use scraps.
Lay paper on top of wrong side of orange fabric (printing should be showing on top) with fabric covering area #1 completely with about 1/2″ around it. Pin.
Place this section on top of white or white on white fabric, again making sure you have plenty of fabric that will cover #2 area with about 1/2″ around it.
Reduce stitch length to 1.5. Sew on the line between #1 and 2 starting and stopping well into the seam allowance. I even sew right off the paper.
Fold paper back and trim seam allowance to 1/4″.
Press on the right side of the fabric (not on the side with the paper to prevent the ink from bleeding). Now lay this section on top of the same white fabric making sure you have plenty of fabric. Sew on the line starting and stopping well into the seam allowance. Even better, start and stop off the paper.
Trim seam. Press. Trim block to 3.5″ square.
Please leave papers on. Make 8.
No need to sew them together from here as I can spread them around to add to the scrappiness. Plus this is about all that you can get done in 1.5 hours or so.
Alternative for non-paper piecers: If paper piecing is not your thing (or your cup of tea), please make 2 additional snowball units and forget the X units.
What I Learned Today:
- I do not know how to write up a post quickly.
- I am very wordy.
- I’m exhausted. I need a vacation.
Question: Where’s your dream vacation? We’re heading to see our new granddaughter in Michigan and then we’ll hop around Minnesota on the Shop Hop. By the time you read this, I should have already visited about 30 shops. But our big vacation comes later in the year when we go to Germany and Italy.
I’ll be watching for the mail, as soon as I get back from my trip. Thank you very much!
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts