Block of the Month

These blocks are printed with permission from Marcia Hohn’s Website: The Quilter’s Cache: http://www.quilterscache.com

All ten months are 12″ Quilters Cache blocks, but with variations to bring out their scrappy potential. Instructions will give values only – dark, medium, light – and you’ll choose your own color combos. And there’s a double benefit to making blocks “Scrappy Your Way – skill-building fun for you and a lively mix of interesting blocks for the winners.

JUNE BOM: “FOUR ON THE ROAD”

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FABRIC SELECTION: Pick a bright, lively center “bead” fabric and let it guide your color mix for the scraps.

#1: (A) – Dark/Bright center chain (one fabric)
#2: (B) – Dark corner squares (1 or 2 fabrics)
#3: (D) – Light chain triangles (one quiet tonal fabric – white, cream, tan)
#4: (E) – Light & Light-Medium Backgrounds (two fabrics)
#5: (C) – Bright/Medium colors for 6 squares & 6 HSTs (assorted colors & values)

CONSTRUCTION: Adjust QC instructions as needed to suit fabric choices.

ACCURACY TIP: For best results, oversize & trim HSTs; and flip, clip or press open seams that don’t nest properly.

DESIGN CAUTION: Two “E” backgrounds need good contrast with each other and with “D” chain triangles.

DESIGN HINT: For a more unified scrappy effect, choose fabrics with similar styles and scales.
To ensure a more coordinated batch for the winner, please don’t use solids or batiks.

MAY BOM: JOSEPH’S DELIGHT

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FABRIC SELECTION: Our scrappy variation breaks Quilters Cashe’s one-fabric version into separate bandsof color. For unity, use one fabric for each, either different colors & similar values; similar colors and different values; or some of both.

COLORS: A: Medium/Bright center squares B: Dark/Bright center-row triangles C: Medium/Bright side triangles D: Dark corner triangles

BACKGROUNDS: E: Light-Medium center; F: Light-Medium corner triangles; G: Light frame triangles (three fabrics: E & F – two light colors with similar values; G – neutral with lighter value)

CONSTRUCTION:
1. Adjust QC instructions to suit fabric choice

ALTERNATE CENTER PIECING (see diagram):
1. For fewer seams, cut one (A) 3-1/2” square, frame with four (E) 2”x 3-1/2” strips & two (A) 2” corner squares, then add two (B) 3-1/2” triangles on empty corners & trim excess(E) on back.

**TIP: Oversize (B) triangles & trim down.

ACCURACY TIP:For best results, oversize & trim HSTs; and flip, clip or press seams open as needed so they nest.

DESIGN HINT:For a more unified scrappy effect, choose fabrics with similar styles and scales. To ensure a more coordinated batch for the winner, please don’t use solids or batiks

 

APRIL BOM: FOUR PATCH STAR

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FABRIC SELECTION: For variety, we’re reversing QC’s values
and breaking the block into three different areas (center, star & corners).
Choose your own mix of different coordinated or contrasting fabrics for each section.

1. (A1, A2, A3) Light & Light-Medium: three fabrics (different values, colors or both; keep A2 lightest)

2. (B1, B2) Medium/Bright: two fabrics (different values, colors or both)

3. (C) Dark Background: for unity in the finished quilt, use only black, navy or dark gray small-scale tonal.

 

MARCH BOM: SUNNY LANES

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FABRIC SELECTION: For best scrappy results, choose a variety of assorted fabrics and colors for squares.

1. (A1, A2) 16 Dark & 16 Medium squares
*each set can be same-value or a range of similar values
2. (B1, B2)Light Color triangles: two fabrics
*quiet tonals in different colors to create a stripe effect)
3. (C)Light Backgrounds: one tonal fabric (white, cream, tan)

CONSTRUCTION: Per QC instructions.
TIP: Chain-sew eight 4-patches and join four to make 16-patch center.
ACCURACY TIPS: For best results, oversize 4-patches, then trim down; measure and trim or resew 16-patch & diagonal units before assembling the block; and flip, clip or press open any seams that don’t nest properly.
DESIGN CAUTION: Dark & Medium squares need good contrast; all Mediums touching Light Color need good contrast with it too. In assembly, check that Dark square diagonals align in opposite direction of Light Color.
DESIGN HINT: For a more unified scrappy effect, choose fabrics with similar styles and scales. To ensure a more coordinated batch for the winner, please don’t use solids or batiks.

FEBRUARY BOM: SQUARES WITHIN SQUARES

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FABRIC SELECTION: Instead of QC’s two-color block, our scrappy version breaks it into three areas
(pinwheel diamond, inner corners & outer frame).
Choose a different coordinated or contrasting color combo for each.

1. (A1, A2) Light inner & outer backgrounds:
two fabrics with different colors and/or values
2. (B1, B2) Medium inner & outer triangles: two different-color fabrics
3. (C1, C2, C3) Dark/Bright pinwheel triangles, inner & outer squares:
three different-color fabrics

CONSTRUCTION: Adjust QC cutting and piecing instructions to suit three fabric combos.BETTER PIECING: For fewer seams, sew inner Mediums & Lights around pinwheel as Flying Geese units.
ACCURACY TIPS: For best results, oversize HSTs/flying geese & center pinwheel, then trim down; and trim or resew units at each step. Spin pinwheel seams, and flip, clip or press open any seams that don’t nest properly.
DESIGN HINT: For a more unified scrappy effect, choose fabrics with similar styles and scales. To ensure a more coordinated batch for the winner, please don’t use solids or batiks.

 

JANUARY BOM:WINGED FOUR PATCH

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FABRIC SELECTION:For best scrappy results, choose fabrics or assortments in three different color families.        

     1. (A) Dark triangles: one fabric for unity
     2. (B) Light Medium squares: one fabric or four similar
     3. (C) Darker Medium squares:one fabric or four similar
     4. (D) Light Background: one fabric for unit

CONSTRUCTION: Per QC instructions.
OPTION: No-Waste method for flying geese.
ACCURACY TIP: For best results, oversize flying geese and center 4-patch, then trim down before assembly.

DECEMBER BOM: TENNESSEE

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  1.  FABRIC SELECTION: Choose an assortment of interesting fabrics in three coordinating or                   contrasting colors.

          #1 (A1, A2) Darks/Brights: 3 squares & 2 triangles (one color family for each set)
                 (B)Mediums:triangles (third color family)
#2 (C) Light Background: one fabric

  1.  CONSTRUCTION: Per QC instructions.
  2. ACCURACY TIP: For best results, oversize HSTs, then trim down.
  3. DESIGN HINT: For a more unified scrappy effect, choose fabrics with similar styles and scales. To ensure a more coordinated batch for the winner, please don’t use solids or batiks.

NOVEMBER BOM: RUINS OF JERICO BLOCK”

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Dark colors and values built out from the center give this block a strong foundation

FABRIC SELECTION: To add interest and enhance the secondary pattern, our version fills QC’s block with strong colors and values. For best results, choose four different fabrics in coordinating and/or contrasting colors.

#1 COLORS:
(A) Dark-Medium center (B) Dark inner triangles
(C) Dark outer triangles (D) Medium/Bright squares

#2 BACKGROUNDS:
(E, F) Light & Light-Medium: two fabrics.
(For cohesiveness of assembled blocks, please use only neutrals with good contrast – white/cream/beige & tan/taupe/old-gold

CONSTRUCTION: Per Quilter’s Cashe instructions.
1. OPTION: To eliminate seams, make center as square-in-square unit by cutting one

(A) 6-1/2” square and adding four (B) 3-1/2” stitch-&-flip squares to the corners.

2. ACCURACY TIP: For best results, oversize & trim HSTs; measure & trim all units before assembling block.

3. DESIGN CAUTION: A & B need similar values/contrasting colors; C & D need both contrasting values/colors.

4. DESIGN HINT: For a more unified scrappy effect, choose fabrics with similar styles and scales. To ensure a more coordinated batch for the winner, please don’t use solids or batiks.

OCTOBER BOM: “CHAIN”

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For best results, choose three different color
families for two Darks & Medium

1. (A) Dark squares: one fabric, two similar
(large & small squares) or four similar

2. (B) Medium squares: one fabric, two similar
(large & small squares) or four similar

3. (C) Dark triangles: one fabric or four
same-color/value scraps

4. (E) Light Backgrounds: two fabrics
(white/cream & beige/tan color)

Construction: Adjust Quilters Cache instructions as needed to suit your fabric selections.

Accuracy Tip: For best result, oversize flying geese & center 4 patch, then trim down before assembly.

Design Caution: Need good contrast between two Darks & Medium, and between two Lights. Keep fabric quantities consistent – either all one fabric each or all assorted sets.

Design Hint: For a more unified scrappy effect, choose fabrics with similar styles and scales. To ensure a more coordinated batch for the winner, please don’t use solids or batiks.

SEPTEMBER BOM: “FOUR-PATCH LADDER”

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1. (A) Light Center Chain: One fabric (white, cream)

2. (B1,B2) Light Colors/Patterns: two assorted sets (triangles & squares)

3. (C1,C2) Dark/Medium Colors: two assorted sets (triangles & squares)

Construction: Per Quilters Cache instructions

Accuracy Tip: For best results, oversize & trim HSTs & 4 Patches

Design Caution: B1 triangles, B2 squares & center chain all need good contrast with each other. Use either color or value or both to contras C1 triangles & C2 squares.

Design Hint: For a more unified scrappt effect, choose fabrics with similar styles and scales. To ensure a more coordinated bath for the winner, please don’t use solids or batiks.

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