It’s March, and I’m feeling a bit crazy. I’ve got a zillion QuiltCon photos to share, Russ still wants to guest post this week, and we’re neck deep in moving, but what the heck, here’s the March Sugar Block! We are having such a blast making this quilt together, that I couldn’t resist letting everyone in on this month’s pattern & recipe.
And that’s not all…how about an awesome members-only GIVEAWAY?! Once you’ve stitched all 3 Sugar Blocks (Jan, Feb & March), post a photo in our Flickr group, then hop back over and leave a comment on this post, for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop! Yipeeeeeee! Thanks Fat Quarter Shop!
As usual, all seams are stitched right sides together, with 1/4″ seam allowances.
- 1 Fat Quarter (or 1/8 yd off the bolt) of background fabric (white)
- 1 Fat Quarter (or 1/8 yd off the bolt) of print 1 (yellow)
- 1 Fat Quarter (or 1/8 yd off the bolt) of print 2 (plum)
- 1 Fat Quarter (or 1/8 yd off the bolt) of print 3 (green)
- From background fabric: cut four 3.5″ squares
- From background fabric: cut two 3 7/8″ squares, sub-cut in half diagonally
- From background fabric: cut one 4.25″ square, sub-cut in quarters diagonally
- From print 1: cut one 3.5″ square
- From print 2: cut four 3.5″ squares
- From print 3: cut four 3 7/8″ squares, sub-cut in half diagonally
First, cut out all of your squares, and then sub-cut the 3 7/8″ background, 4.25″ background, and print 3 squares, into half or quarter square triangles as shown. Do take extra care when handling your triangle pieces, as they have raw bias edges and are prone to distortion. Consider starching your fabrics before you cut, to help them maintain their shape as you piece. I recommend Faultless brand, Heavy Starch.
Next, construct the 3 center rows using prints 1 & 2, as well as your largest (3 7/8″) background fabric triangles, right sides together, and stitching 1/4″ seams. You’ll notice that your triangles don’t appear to match with your squares- don’t fret, as this is necessary in order to account for your seam allowances. Just be sure to align them so that they match up along the inner edge- not the pointy outer edge.
Stitch these 3 rows together, matching and pinning at seam intersections. Press seams toward the flower.
Next, stitch the smaller background triangles to the corners of this piece. To be sure they are centered, fold both your corner piece and your triangle in half and finger press, then match the creases and pin.
Press the corner pieces open, then trim off the dog ears (ie, those little pointy seam excesses hanging off the edge).
Next, make the triangular corner units that will turn our center block on point. Take your 3.5″ background squares and your print 3 triangles, and stitch one triangle to a square along a shorter side of the triangle. Press open. Now add a second triangle and stitch to the adjacent side. The long sides of your print triangles should meet to create one long line. Trim the dog ear.
*Tip: Chain piece these units to speed up the process, stitching one side on all four pieces, then pressing, and chain piecing the other side.
The final step is to stitch these triangular units to all four sides of your block. Start by positioning and pinning opposite sides, then press those pieces open before moving on to the remaining two sides. You may want to fold in half and finger press to aid in centering as before, or just keep your eye on the center block (yellow) to check the alignment.
Stitch on your remaining two corners, and press open. Square up your block to 12.5″ if needed.
I hoped you enjoy stitching up this month’s block! For those of you who are new, the Sugar Block Club is a block of the month pattern subscription series I’m offering this year. This month’s block was a freebie, but it’s just $7.95 to join the club for the whole year, and you’ll receive 12 monthly block patterns by email, paired with 12 of my family’s favorite dessert recipes. Join now, and I’ll send you January & February’s patterns right away, as well as a new pattern each month for the rest of the year! More details here.
In January we stitched up “Snow Blossom” and baked up some banana cream whoopie pies, and then in February we stitched “North Star” paired with some decadent flourless chocolate cake. YUM!
This month we’ve got “Forget Me Not” blocks to stitch up, paired with some good old fashioned Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies. Ya know, I’d planned to do something a bit more elaborate this month, like 7-Layer Caramel Cake or Tiramisu, but my husband was begging for these cookies and I couldn’t say no. These are a staple in our house! The recipe I use is from his mother (hence the addiction). Truly, if these aren’t in your sweet-treat arsenal by now, you don’t know what you are missing!
Well I hope you enjoyed March’s surprise block and recipe post- and for those of you who aren’t in the club yet, hop on board with us and make the whole quilt! Granted, you might gain 10 lbs in the process, but we’re sure having fun, and I know our family’s are grateful for all the baked treats too! ;)
And don’t forget to come back and leave a comment once you’ve got all 3 blocks made, because some lucky Sugar Blocker is going to win a $75 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!!! I’ll leave the contest open through March 15th, so you’ve got some motivation to get stitching!
**UPDATE** This contest is now closed. The winner was announced here.
Happy March everyone!