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Mystery Quilt Step #3

First let me apologize for my delay, I can’t believe it’s already Friday. I have been chasing my tail all week! I love the shop, the classes, the long hours… I especially love telling Brian I have to sew in the evening because “it’s my job”,  but the one part about being a business owner I will always dislike is end of the quarter balance sheets, filing and quarterly taxes. Yuck!!

But… all done. At least for now. So on to more important things… quilting!! Time for our third step in our mystery quilt! As I mentioned before, this is a pretty simple project that you have some control over, because it is four different blocks that you will construct then put together in a beautiful configuration. And it’s such a wonderful way to use up all of those leftovers!

Two weeks ago  we started our floating stars. I hope you are done with them! Here is a picture of my friend Charisma’s:IMG_1609[1] I love her colors with all of the mixed backgrounds!

This time we are going to make a block called Jacob’s Ladder.  It is a simple block that is really a nine patch with a mixture of HST’s, squares and  four patches.IMG_1608[1]

You will start by making the strip sets for the four patches. Cut 2″ strips of lights and 2″ strips of mixed darks. Sew them together lengthwise and press to the dark.

IMG_1606[1]You will need about 10 full length strip sets. I would make each one a different color so you have lots of mixed colors.

Once they’re done, cut off 2″ sections.IMG_1610[1]I think when you cut these you should measure with the ruler, not the mat. It is far more accurate.IMG_1611[1]Keep cutting these sections until you have enough to make some four patches. You need alot of them…  you will need three four-patches per block,  so you need 96 four patches for your twin sized quilt, or 108 for your queen. That sounds like alot, but it goes pretty fast. I love making little four patches. I should mention they will be 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ when done. Remember pressing is important so your seams will nestle.IMG_1607[1]Next step is to make the HST (half square triangles). You need four per block. I start with a 4″ square of light and a 4″ square of dark and stacked them RST. Draw a line diagonally, then sew 1/4″ from the line on both sides. Cut on the line you drew, the press open the two HST. You may have to trim them just a tiny bit. They should measure 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ when done.IMG_1605[1]Your last step is to add the two dark squares. They of course measure 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. Place all of your pieces in a nine patch and sew the block together. Your blocks should measure 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ when you are done. You will need 32 of these blocks if you are making a twin, and 36 if you are making a queen.

And that is that! A simple block made up of three simple units. Get busy… we’ll chat in a few days. Send pics!