Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Block 4 THQA 2012

 This week we are making a Bear's Paw block.

 For this 7" block you will need -

Print A (mine is the orange dots) -

                       8 - 2" squares, for the Half Square Triangles (HST)
                                            EQ calls for 1+7/8" squares,
                                            but if  you make the "Easy HST", 2" is easier to cut
                       4 - 1+1/2" squares, for the corners of the block
                       4 - 1+1/2" x 3+1/2" rectangles, for the centre cross

Print B (mine is the green print) -

                          8 - 2" squares, for the Half Square Triangles (HST)
                                            EQ calls for 1+7/8" squares,
                                            but if  you make the "Easy HST", 2" is easier to cut
                          1 - 1+1/2" square, for the centre

Print C (mine is the red print) -

                         4 - 2+1/2" squares

Start by making the HST's (all the instructions are shown here) with the Print A and B 2" squares.

Trim these 16 HST to 1+1/2" squares.

Make four "Bear Paw" units with four HST's, a Print C square and a Print A 1+1/2"  square.

 Sew two HST's and the 1+1/2" square into a row, and two HST's into another row,

stitch the two HST's to the large square, notice how the seams are pressed in the above photo, this helps to see where to sew so that the points of the HST aren't cut off.

add the two HST's, and the small square to the larger unit,

notice how the seams are pressed in the above photo,

this keeps the points of the triangles, and makes the corner seams meet at the right place (life is short and this is not important to everyone - these are just tips if it is important to you).

The four units should be 3+1/2" square, trim if needed.

All the units, the four Print A rectangles, and the small Print B square will be joined together like a regular Nine-Patch.

Sew the pieces into rows,

pressing the seam allowances in opposite directions,

Sew the rows together. Trim the block to 7+1/2".

Here are my other two blocks -

All three blocks together -

All the blocks I have made so far -

it is coming along!

I admit that this block had lots of trimming with all the HST's, so next week the block will be much simpler.

Have a great day and thanks for quilting along!


luv2quilt2 said...

I love the new block. I'm waaayy behind, but will eventually catch up. This is going to be such a pretty quilt.

Colleen said...

I look forward to Tuesday morning to see the new block! I will post last weeks blocks, the fabric I chose for connecting triangles arrived. Last weekend I purchased several cheddars to add some sparkle to my blocks.

Doniene said...

Okay, okay - I'm trying not to cave!! I love your blocks and your fabrics!! I have some fabric that would look lovely made into these blocks and I think I can do it and then I look at my sewing desk, work table, ironing board, just about every available space and a project...so...

So lovely Joanne!!

Anonymous said...

I have always loved the Bear Paw block. Off to catch up on the last two blocks...far too much goofing off lately. Must be the cooler weather at last. Shocked to see your snow photo. It is too soon for snow.


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