Monday, October 3, 2016

October Quilt Along Challenge

Hello again!  It's Sharon with October's Quilt Block of the Month. This month is another version of a star block. Autumn evenings for my family means sitting outside and stargazing. It is one of our favorite things to do. I had to use the scraps form my son's quilt as it seemed very fitting for this block. This is the Sarah Jane Magic! fabric line.

Each block that you sew and enter into the Facebook Album will count as one entry into our monthly drawing. If you make two blocks, that is two entities, make four that is four entries, and so on and so on. There will be a prize drawing each month.
This month's prize is a $10 Whimsical Fabric Gift Certificate!
Supply List for this month:
cutting mat
rotary cutter
fabric pen
quilter's ruler
scrap fabric pieces

Let's Sew!
1. To cut out each of your squares use your quilting ruler and mat. 
To make this block you will need to cut the following;

Dark Color Fabric
(2) 2¼" squares
(1) 2" square

Light Color Fabric
(2) 2¼" squares
(4) 2" square

2. Grab your two larger sized light colored squares and draw a line right down the center from one corner to the opposite corner. Repeat on second light colored square.

3. Take your two larger dark colored squares and place them on your table right side up. Next, place your light colored square on top with the right sides facing, making sure that the two are even.

4. Sew on each side of the center line that you drew with a ¼" seam allowance. Repeat with the second square set. Then, cut right on the center line to make two triangles pieces. 

5. Press you squares open with the seam facing the darker fabric and trim off the "triangle" pieces on the seam that over hangs over the edge of the squares. You will now have four squares like the ones pictured below. 

6. Lay your blocks out like in the picture below. 

7. Next, we will sew our blocks together into three rows; top row, middle row, and bottom row. On the top and bottom row press your seams away from the center square. On the middle row press your seams towards the center square. 

8. Sew all your rows together. Remember to place the seam together so that they "lock" together while sewing for neat points on our stars. This is why we pressed the seams in different directions on the rows in step 7.  Lastly, trim up your blocks with a straight edge quilt ruler.
Repeat to make as many blocks as you would like!
Facebook Group
After you have sewn all your blocks for this month please go over to our Facebook group and share each of them in our October Quilt Along Album for a chance to be entered into our monthly drawing! You have until Monday, October 31, at 12:00 pm (noon) CT to enter your blocks.  

Remember, there is no required amount that you need to make.  Make as many or as few as you would like.

Happy Sewing!! 

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