Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Block for Hive 8

The hardest part for me was coming up with a block.  I had several possibilities in mind but then I saw this post  at Smiles From Kate and my mind was made up. Kate very kindly gave me links to the creator of the block, Janeth at Toefeather  and also sent me a pdf for a cutting chart that lead me to this tutorial here.  Thanks Kate you are the best.      The title of the block was originally circle of squares but I prefer the name Circle of Friends.  I used the tutorials provided in the two links but I changed the sizes so please make sure you follow my cutting directions below.  I believe my instructions are accurate but if anything seems amiss please let me know.

So here is my sample block and tutorial for a 15 1/2 inch Circle of Friends block.





  For my blocks I would like you to use bright rainbow colours for the feature fabrics.  Please use lots of different scraps in your block and try to have some warm and some cool colours in your block.  Here is a sample of fabrics you might use.




     For the background fabric please use a white solid if you have it.  I used Kona White but I'm not fussy about what you use.


Cutting directions:


Feature fabrics:   cut 8 squares 3 inches by 3 inches.




Background fabric:

Four squares 3 inches by 3 inches


Four rectangles 3 inches by 
5 1/2 inches

Eight rectangles 1 3/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches




Eight rectangles  1 3/4 inches by 3 inches



You also will need to cut a 5 1/2 inch by 5 1/2 inch square for the middle of the block.


Constructing the Block"

The block is made up of two different types of sub units :   the corner units and the side units.






To make the four corner units  sew a 3 inch square of feature fabric to a 3 inch square of background fabric Press away from the feature fabric.





Then sew a 3 inch by 5 12 inch rectangle to the side of the unit , again pressing away from the feature fabric.  These units should finish at 5 1/2 inches.






For the 4 side units sew a 1 3/4 inch by 3 inch rectangle on each of two opposite sides of 4 squares , pressing away from the feature fabric.




Then sew a 1 3/4 inch by 5 1/2 inch rectangle to the remaining two sides. You guessed it: press away from the feature fabric.  These units also finish at 5 1/2 inches.




Arrange the sub units into the final orientation.  Sew the subunits into rows pressing the seams towards the corner units for rows one and three and towards the centre unit in the middle row.




Sew the rows together and you are done!




     It took me less than an hour to sew the block and less than 1/2 hour to cut the fabrics.  I hope you enjoy making this block.

3 comments:

Puppilalla said...

Very nice. Looking forward to making the block.

Kathy Bertelsen said...

Awesome block

Eva Gröne said...

Such a cute Block - thanks!