Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sow-A-Long blocks, first Wednesday of November

Are you ready for another installment of blocks?  Here are three blocks for the first Wednesday of November.  There will be another 3 later in the month; then 6 more in December and we're DONE.  WOOHOO.

I'm terribly sorry that I've been so inconsistent. It's very unlike me.  But I obviously made the decision to spend all my free time with my new darling Emma and the sweetest boy Ryan, until my daughter goes back to work. It's a small price to pay but I was happy to do it---and felt really lucky, honestly, to be able to have the time with them! You grandmothers out there will completely appreciate what I'm talking about.


This block requires 28 scrappy hsts, 1-1/2" unf, 1" fin.
background:   (1) 2-1/2" square (center)
                    (4) 1-1/2" squares


This is effectively a nine-patch, with the 4 corners being what I call the block "Mary's Triangles"
Corner units:
background:   cut (2) 2" squares, making 4 hsts, 1-1/2" unf, 1" fin.
dark:             cut (2) 2" squares,   "
background:   cut (4) 2" squares, cut ONCE on the diagonal
dark:            cut (2) 3" squares, cut ONCE on the diagonal

Dark:          cut (1) 2-1/2" square

middle of "9 patches", you will need to make 4 flying geese (1-1/2" x 2-1/2" unf, 1x2 fin), using your favorite method AND
background:  cut (4) 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles


Background:  Cut (1) 1-1/4" x 21" strip
medium:      cut (1) 1-1/4" x 21" strip, making (8) 4-patches, 2" unf, 
1-1/2"" fin.

Background:  cut (4) 2-1/2" squares
dark:           cut (4) 2-1/2" squares, making 4 pairs of (2) hsts, 2" unf, 
1-1/2" fin

That's it!!
I hope you are all caught up and have enjoyed this process. I can't wait to put the blocks together.

Love to you all,


  1. This grandmother totally understands!
    These are great looking blocks, but now I have some catching up to do. I need to get cracking. When the last blocks are posted I want to be all caught up!!

  2. Randy, have so enjoyed "sowing" along with you--hate to see it come to an end except for the beautiful quilt as the result! Looking forward to your next adventures both sowing and traveling (am a bit green with envy seeing the Germany pictures)! Thanks for sharing everything. Sara Clark

  3. Randy, I confess that I am several weeks behind (thanks in part to Superstorm Sandy) and now I'll be even farther behind, since I'm leaving tomorrow to visit my grandsons in Tennessee. So/Sow/Sew do you need to apologize? Not!

  4. I LOVE "Indian Plume--altho' I haven't been sewing along with you, I appreciate all your measurements for blocks--(I am not really a very precise (ROTFLOL) seam sewer--no excuses here--I even have a 1/4" foot; but somehow my blocks never come out measuring right!!) But then, maybe it's cutting--anyhoo--Love your sew along...Julierose