Holy hot dogs! It’s July 4th weekend already! 3 day weekends…they’re like manna from heaven. A whole extra day to camp, grill, splash, clean out our garage (goodie), and
set off not set off firecrackers because they’re illegal in our city. Hehe. And I suppose sew, for those of you who are keeping busy with the needle and thread and want to get your new Sugar Block stitched up ASAP! Well, here you go- a brand new block. Stitch it up quick (or just wait til next week), then get out and soak up some bug spray and campfire smoke- it’s Independence day in the US of A!
This month I chose the Mariner’s Compass as my classic patchwork inspiration. These star shapes date back to 15th century sailing maps, and, according to Barbara Brackman, are one of the oldest named quilt designs in America. Typically they have either 16 or 32 star points…my star is simpler, with only 8 points, but the shape and placement of the points do still mimic a true Mariner’s Compass, and I’ve added in a secondary background shape in a fun text print, as well as inverted star points at each corner.
This block gets REALLY pretty when put in repeat. Without sashing between the blocks, the corners meet and make up stars of their own, and this really beautiful overall design develops. So in honor of America’s Independence Day this weekend, I decided to play with that concept, and came up with a really patriotic quilt for you! It’s called Lady Liberty (like the block) and measures 60” x 60” – a great throw size, or as a stunning large wall hanging! You can purchase the pattern for the Lady Liberty quilt HERE.
And for those of you joining in our BOM, here are your block instructions!
Paper Pieced Lady Liberty Block
Finished Size: 12” square
1/4 yard of white
1/4 yard text print or other low volume neutral
1/4 yard of dark teal
1/4 yard of medium teal
1/4 yard of dark pink
1/4 yard of medium pink
- White: (8) 5” x 4” rectangles (patches A1 and B1)
- Text Print: (8) 4 3/4” x 3 1/2 rectangles (patches A3 and B3)
- Dark Teal: (4) 6” x 2” rectangles (patch B5)
- Medium Teal: (4) 6” x 2” rectangles (patch A5)
- Dark Pink: (8) 4 1/2” x 1 1/2” rectangles (patches A2 and B4)
- Medium Pink: (8) 4 1/2” x 1 1/2” rectangles (patches A4 and B2)
You’ll find the templates for this block HERE. Print four copies.
NOTE- It’s important to make sure that your printer settings are on “actual size” and not “shrink to fit,” so that your pieces will turn out the right size. To double check that the template printed correctly, measure the 1” marking on the template page with a ruler, and if it’s precisely 1”, then you’re good to go.
1. If you’re comfortable paper piecing these, then print your templates and jump right in! If not, please refer to THIS photo tutorial of a similar block, or revisit the Craftsy BOM October lesson for a video demo. Piece all eight units using this method, then press with starch, trim, and remove the paper.
2. Stitch each A unit to a B unit along the longest side, and press the seam open (Figure 1).
3. Stitch the four square units together first in rows of two, press seams to the side, then join the rows, pinning at seam intersections (Figure 2). Square (trim) block to 12 1/2” as needed.
And that’s all there is to it! See why I love paper piecing? It’s a great change of pace, and in my opinion, the easiest way to get crisp, impressive-looking intricate angles.
PS- Looking for the other block patterns from this year’s club? Look HERE.
PPS– Want a super printer-friendly PDF download of this pattern? Sign up for a Premium Sugar Block Club membership and receive all 12 months of block and full quilt patterns for a flat $19.99. You’ll get 24 patterns (12 blocks and 12 full quilts), complete with step by step diagrams, tips, photos, and many in multiple-size options- for just $.83 per pattern! You can sign up to be a premium member HERE.
Have a lovely July everyone, and thanks for stopping by! Happy 4th!