Wow, did June go by fast or what? Dance recital is over, school learning fair project complete and school is done and summer vacation has started! I am now the mom of a preschooler and a second grader, whoa. Better start sewing to take my mind off of that!
Our July block is called Blazing Arrows. I originally found it on quilterscache.com and adapted it to fit a patriotic theme. Of course, you may select any colors and fabrics for your block. I like the USA flag colors because it’s July and that means celebrating our Independence Day!
Pick out your fabrics:
Yup, I am pulling from my stash again using a variety of blues and reds. TIP #1: I may have already used this one, but it’s okay to repeat myself, right? I am using the same background fabric throughout this block to unify it. With all the different blues and reds, I wanted to bring the block together. You may also use various background fabrics, just be sure they are the same value…not some very light, some very dark…it’ll confuse things a bit.
Blue fabrics: 1 each – 7-1/4” square, 4 each 3-1/2” squares
Red fabrics: 2 each 3-1/2” x 6 -1/2” rectangles and 2 each 4” squares
Background neutral fabrics: 1 each – 7-1/4” square, 4 each 3-1/2” squares, 2 each 3 -/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles, and 2 each 4” squares
We’ll work on the center square first. Take out the two 7-1/4” squares. On the back of the light one, mark a diagonal line from corner to corner:
Sew 1/4” away from that line on either side. TIP #2: Best quilting investment EVER was my purchase of a 1/4” foot for my sewing machine. Most if not all companies make them for the various sewing machines out there.
See how I can line up my seam? Sew easy!
TIP #3: We need to sew down one side of the line, AND the other side too….sew, just pull out your piece a bit from the needle
and turn it around and start sewing seam #2. Saves a ton of thread!
We’ve made HSTs before, so here’s a quick review…press and then cut on the drawn line:
Press toward the darker fabric:
Piece the 2 background 4” squares to the 2 4” red squares in this manner now. Trim these to 3-1/2” square.
Back to our center square…on the wrong side of one of the large HST units, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner, perpendicular to the seam:
and place them right sides together, colors opposing, nesting the seam as shown:
And press open. Square to 6-1/2”. One of these is the center of our block and the other is our July BONUS BLOCK! Surprise!!!
Set the center block aside and go ahead and put your bonus block with the other bonuses we have been making this year.
Next, let’s work on the flying geese units. Take out the 4 rectangles and eight 3-1/2” squares. On the back of each square, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
TIP #4: Don’t assume anything! This time around we’re using this line in a different way than we did for the HST earlier. Be sure to read your directions and re-read them to make certain you do the steps correctly and avoid ripping out any seams. We’ll be using the “flip ‘n sew” method for these flying geese.
Place a background square onto a red rectangle noting the direction of the line below:
We will be sewing ON THE DRAWN LINE. TIP #5: Again, I am repeating myself from our January block, I sew a teeny tiny bit, like a thread’s width, away from the drawn line toward the outside corner to allow for the fold in the fabric.
Press and trim 1/4” away from the sewn line. Press outward (forgot to take that photo, sorry!)
Repeat with the other side, noting the position of the square and the sewing line on the rectangle:
…but we also have eight extra HSTS and our 6” bonus block for July!
Don’t forget to post your block in our group photo album! Enjoy your July 4th celebrations here in the USA – it is so amazing to live in the land of the free!
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