Monday, July 23, 2018

August Online Activity: Barn Quilt Block

Get out your solids for this fun "Barn Quilt" pattern by Designer Megan Pitz of Canoe Ridge Creations - available for download here 

The pattern includes directions for 4 blocks plus back and binding, but we are going to make individual blocks for entry into the block lottery in August. The block will be 13" square.

Please use solids so we really get that painted-on-the-side-of-an-Iowa-barn feel. 

The instructions are pretty good, but there were a couple things I thought could be more clear:

1) She talks about positions 1, 2 and 3. It took me a while to figure out what was what! Using her yellow and blue block as an example, the yellow is position 1, the white is position 2 and the blue is position 3.

2) In step two she says "if necessary", trim the square-in-square construction. I found I needed to trim off quite a bit, about 3/8" from each side.

3) In step three, she suggests using a pencil to draw a diagonal stitching line. I found it easier and quicker to finger-press a diagonal crease instead.

4) Note step six says four segments! Don't do what I did and create all eight segments facing the same way!

Here are my process photos and my finished block.  I'll bring it to the informal meeting this week to pass around. 

Have fun!

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