This block started a little something like this…Sometimes I go to my favorite fabric store, the Cabbage Rose http://www.cabbagerosequilting.com/, during my lunch break and just wander around. This usually puts me in a better mood and I usually end up buying something for my stash. One day while I was there the owner had lost her cell phone and shouted that whoever found it would get a free charm pack. It was on! I had seen the Half Moon Modern by Moda charm pack and I wanted it! I love a bargain and free is even better! I was going to win! So I waited and listened and I almost took out a display but I found the phone! The problem then was I didn’t know what I was going to do with it. I talked to the wonderful staff and then came up with this pattern. I bought the correspondeing jelly roll, my idea of a neutral gray solid and got to stitching.
This block is made with 1 jelly roll (2.5 inches wide), 1 charm pack (42 5 inch squares) and 1 solid color (I got 3 yards and if I have some left over I will incorporate it in the back or use it for bindng). This will WOW your friends and is really quite easy! The only parts of this block that you can’t skimp on are 1) a consistent seam allowance and 2) you really need to iron all the seams before moving on to the next step.
**I didn’t like some of the squares in my charm pack so I found a couple of complimentary fabrics and substituted the ones I didn’t like. The red pictured was one of those replacements**
The first thing you want to do is decide how wide you want your connecting strips to be. I wanted the color of the outside “panes” and the interior “window” to be the focus so I made my connectors 1 inch finished. (I cut each of those to 1.5 inches for a 1 inch finished piece.) I wanted my interior solid frames to be larger than my connectors but smaller than my panes so I wanted them to be 1.5 inches finished.
Lets start by cutting your fabric for your first block!
Cut 2 pieces of your solid fabric 2 inches X 5 inches. Cut 2 more pieces that are 2 inches X 7.5 inches. Begin by sewing the 5 inch X 2 inch strips to each side of your charm square. Press your seams open and continue. You now have a rectangular piece.
Take your 2 inch X 7.5 inch strips and attach to the top and bottom of your rectangular piece. Press your seams open and continue. You now have a charm square that is framed by your solid.
Now take 1 of your jelly roll strips. Cut 4 pieces from your jelly roll that are 3.5 inches long. Cut 4 pieces from your solid fabric that are 1.5 inches X 2.5 inches. Take 2 of your 3.5 and sew the solid piece to each. This makes your first pane and connector piece. Repeat with the next 2*3.5 pieces and 1*1.5 piece. Press your seams open and continue.
Take the 2 pieces that you just put together and sew to the sides of your charm square framed by your solid. This should measure exactly. If you happen to have some hangover during this step, mark the center and trim the ends. Press your seams open and continue.
Now take the remaining section of your jelly roll strip and cut 4 strips in 5.5 inch sections. You are going to assemble these longer pieces just like you did the shorter pieces. Press seams open and attach to the top and bottom of your block. Press 1 last time and admire your work.
Part 2 – Putting the Blocks Together is coming soon!