Friday, November 20, 2009

2009 Mainstreet Madness Block Party Finishing Pattern

The 2009 Mainstreet Madness block of the month has finally come to an end. In this economy we all need to find better ways to budget our money. With this series we were able to reflect back to the 30's when times were tough and quilters utilized every scrap of material available to them. We carry the theme of a traditional sashing pattern to complement the traditional blocks we have made over the past 9 months.

To complete the quilt top you will need 24 sashing strips, 12 intersecting X blocks, 4 corner blocks and the 9 sample blocks you completed for Mainstreet Madness. Each of the sample blocks in this pattern are 12 1/2" unfinished.

Fabric Requirement:
1 1/3 yard of white (background & border)
1 1/3 yard of solid navy (sashing)

Cutting Instructions:
From white fabric cut
A - (14) 3 3/4" squares, cut diagonally twice
B - (2) 4" squares, cut diagonally once
C - (24) 2 3/4" x 12 1/2" rectangles
D - (6) 2" x WOF strips
From navy fabric cut
E - (16) 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles
F - (28) 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles
G - (48) 12 1/2" x 1 1/4" rectangles

Intersecting X blocks: Start with (2) A triangles and (1) F rectangle. Sew an A triangle to each side of the F rectangle, aligning the edges along one end of the narrow edge of the rectangle. Press your seams toward the center. Repeat. Next you will sew these (2) units to an E rectangle. Begin by finding the centers. Finger press E rectangle in half lengthwise or measure 3 ¼” and lightly mark with a chalk pencil. Fold both of the A/F units in half widthwise and finger press or lightly mark with a chalk pencil. You are ready to sew each A/F unit to the E rectangle. Be careful to line them up, making a perfect X. Finally, trim your square down to 4 ¼”. Important: Make sure the blue corners are trimmed evenly! You will repeat these steps until you have made 12 X blocks.

Corner blocks:
These blocks are constructed exactly the same way as the X blocks you just made. Except you will substitute (1) A/F unit for (1) B triangle. Trim and press. You will make 4 of these blocks.

Sashing Strips: These are constructed of (1) C rectangle and (2) G rectangles. Sew the G rectangles to each side of the C rectangle. Press your seams toward the center and repeat until you have made (24) sashing strips.
Assembly: To put it all together you will assemble the pieces row by row. Begin with the top and bottom sashing rows by sewing the following sequence of blocks end to end: corner block, sashing, X block, sashing, X block, sashing and corner block. Repeat. Note the direction of the corner blocks. Repeat this sequence twice more,
replacing the corner blocks with X blocks to make the middle sashing rows. To assemble the sample blocks rows, sew the following sequence: sashing, sample block, sashing, sample block, sashing, sample block, sashing. Repeat this sequence twice. Next sew all of the rows together starting with the top row.

Border: For the border you will sew (3) D strips together, end-to-end. Cut the strip in half and sew (1) to each side of
the quilt top. Trim off the ends. Repeat sewing (3) D strip together, end-to-end. Cut the strip in half and sew (1) to the top and (1) to the bottom of the quilt top. Trim off the ends.

When finished your quilt top will measure approximately 54” x 54”.

(Optional) A second border may be added. I recommend a 4 -6” border. To add the second border, simply follow the above instructions for adding the first border, changing the width of the strips to your desired border width.

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