Happy December Everyone!!! December has always been one of my favorite months of the year and for good reason. For some people it’s the month of giving, for others it’s the month for worship & praise and for still others it is a month of festivities. In addition to the Christmas aspect of the December, it is also the month of my first sons birth, as well as the month of my own birth. For me it’s a time of year to celebrate life, share the love in our hearts and to give generously to those who are less fortunate than we are.
I try really hard to give gifts from my heart year round, not just at Christmas time. One of those gifts, I like to think, is sharing my love of quilts and helping other to learn new skills and techniques. That is why I am tickled pink to do my little sew-along. It’s a great way for me to connect with other who share my passion for fiber art and to help other quilters who might need a little extra help with measurements, techniques or inspiration. In return, I learn from my followers via their comments and their blogs. They inspire me beyond words: What a great gift to give and share!
This month I am sharing T Block #2 with everyone… again. For those people involved in my sew-along, December is the month for making the 2nd of 12 blocks. I already wrote the directions for this block at the beginning of November, but for convenience sake I am going to repost it here, today.
If you are making these blocks and you have a question about the assembly of them, please do not hesitate to contact me via my Contact page. I am here to help if you need me.
This image is used with permission from the website: Quilt History Tidbits
T Block #2
This block came out in print, in the Farm and Fireside magazine on February 15, 1883; 3 years prior to the “Double T” block that we made last month. The only difference between this block and the 1886 “Double T” is the center block, which is the same color as the background instead of being the same color as the “T”. The name is also different, this one is called the Capitol T block. Other than that the pattern is the same.
Capital T Block
Remember, we are going to be making the “Flying Geese” the Quilt in a Day method. I have found Eleanor Burns’ directions to be the easiest and fastest. If you don’t have her Flying Geese ruler, don’t worry you can trim up your block without it.
Center one 5 1/2″ background square on top of one of the 7″ “T” colors (right sides together). Mark a a line diagonally through each, as shown, pin to secure, then stitch 1/4″ away from each side of the lines. Cut the two sections apart and press your seam toward the larger piece. Do this for both 7″ & 5 1/2″ pieces.
Place one of your sewn pieces on top of the other, with your opposite fabric colors laying on top of each other. Align the squares along the outside edges, the seams will not match up. Mark a line diagonally across the squares, stitch 1/4″ from the line on each side, then cut the square down the center line again.
Snip the seam allowance to the stitching line in the center of each section as shown:
Then press the seams outward away from the “geese”.
If you have Eleanor’s Flying geese ruler, now is the time to use it to trim your blocks to the 2×4″ (2 1/2×4 1/2″) size.
If you don’t have the ruler, you will need to cut the pieces in half and square them up yourself to a 2 1/2 x 4 1/2″ size. You will now have 8 “geese”. (If you need help doing this, feel free to send me a message via my contact page.)
Sew one of the “geese” on top of another as shown and press the seam so the tip of one lays flat against the “goose” of the other. Set aside.
Take your (4) 5″ squares and lay them with opposite colors, right sides together as shown. Mark a diagonal line on each, pin them to secure and sew 1/4″ away from both sides of this line. Cut on the drawn line of each so you will now have 4 sections. Press the seams towards the background color.
Once your squares have been pressed, you will need to cut off the exposed “ears” and trim each block to 4 1/2″.
Lay all your blocks out as shown and stitch them together 1 row at a time. Once each row has been stitched you will press the seams of the top and bottom row outward toward the 1/2 square triangles and the middle row inward toward the center square.
Stitch rows 1, 2 and 3 together.
Press your last seams away from the center row and there you have it T Block #2!
If you are not participating in the sew-along and you would like to, simply send me a message through my Contact page, with your name, eMail address and website/blog address and I will add you to the sew-along list.
Happy Sewing Everyone!