Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April BOM

April's BOM is brought to you by the fabulous Faith of FReSH Lemons. This is part of her Solstice Stars Series and we thought it was perfect for our BOM.

It was a really fun block and went together super fast. Please click HERE for her tutorial and more pictures of the process. 

**Make sure to cut accurately** 
I cut and sewed very carefully with a scant 1/4" seam and ended up 1/8" short on one side. Jenn did the same thing (scant 1/4" seam) and ended up 1/8" larger :) 

Please note, all seams are 1/4". This block has been resized from the original. Final block size 12.5" unfinished.

Step 1. Cut your fabric:

Pattern Piece
Center                   Cut 1         4-1/4" x 4-1/4"
Strips                     Cut 3         5-1/4" x 1-5/8"
Short Strip A         Cut 1         4-1/4" x 1-5/8"
Short Strip B         Cut 1         1-5/8" x 1-5/8"
Block Corners       Cut 4         4-5/8" x 4-5/8" 
Star Points            Cut 4         3-3/4" x 3-3/4"
HST Background   Cut 2         3-3/4" x 3-3/4"

Take all of your 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" squares for star points and the HST background and cut them diagonally into half square triangles.

Step 2. Sew the strips around the 4-1/4" x 4 1/4" center square. Layout your strips around your center square.

Take your shorter strip (Short Strip A, 4-1/4" x 1-5/8") and sew to the bottom of the center square.

Continue to sew on the left and top strips, as you would a log cabin block.

For the final side, sew the 1-5/8" x 1-5/8" square to the end of the remaining side strip. Then sew the final side strip to the block, making sure you align the matching fabric seams. (Check the tutorial for pics of this process)

At this poing your center square should measure 6-1/4" x 6-1/4". 

Step 3. Layout the rest of the block pieces.

Step 4. Sew together the top left and lower right points. Take your corner square and gently press the block in half and then in half again the other direction, so you can see the center of the block. You could also make a mark using a water soluble pen.

Step 5. Place one of your HSTs right sides together with the corner square. Align your point to the center line you marked. Sew together. Make sure you are sewing alone the long side of the HST, and not the short side which you are probably used to doing. (Check the tutorial for more pics)

Step 6. Repeat with the other HST. Repeat for the other corner.

Step 7. Now we will make the top right and lower left corners. First repeat the previous steps and sew on your HSTs to the corner squares. 

Step 8. Take your background HSTs and sew them to the sides of the star point section. 

Step 9. Repeat for the other side.

Step 10. Sew on the corners of the block to the center. Sew the top left and lower right to the center.

Step 11. Sew the remaining top right and lower left to the block. Square your block to 12.5" x 12.5" if necessary.

I hope you guys have as much fun as I did putting this block together. Can't wait to see your blocks!!! :)

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