Thank you so much for being here! After all, you have persisted and we are already to month four. If you are just joining this quiltalong adventure, Welcome! You can check HERE for directions and more information.
Remember that this quiltalong is offered in three sizes. SMALL–a throw that uses 5 stars and four alternating blocks. Finished size about 48″ square; MEDIUM–This is the size I am making this time. It uses 13 stars and 12 alternating blocks. Finished size about 72″ square; LARGE: This is the size of the original Calico Rose. It uses 25 star and 24 alternating blocks. Finished size 96″ square.
This month we are building the alternating blocks. These are not complicated but they do give the quilt the lacey look and also the illusion that the star blocks are larger and more complex than they really are. More and more I like the part alternating blocks can play in a quilt.
1. For each block you need 32 colored 2″ squares. So, if you are making a small you will need 128. If a medium, 384. And, for a large, 768. Hopefully, you have many of these cut already, but, if not, that is your first job this month.
2. From background fabric you will need the following, again, for each block: 8 2″ squares, 4 3-1/2″ x 5″ rectangles. Just do the math. For a small 32 2″ squares and 16 rectangles. For a medium, 96 squares and 48 rectangles. For a large, 192 squares and 96 rectangles. Go ahead and cut those now.
1. This alternating block consists of 4 nine patches, 1 four patch and 4 rectangles. It assembles like a large, uneven, nine patch.
2. First, using 4 colored squares, create your center four patch.
3. Then, create four nine patches. Notice that each of these uses 7 colored squares and two background squares. The background squares are located in diagonal corners.
4. Lay out the large block using the four patch, nine patches and background rectangles as shown below.
5. Assemble into an alternating block. Stand back and admire your progress.
6. Repeat as necessary depending on the size of quilt you have chosen. Ta-dah, you have completed 4, 12, or 24 blocks. Good job!
As you finish your blocks you might want to explore layouts for the top. You’d think that something scrappy would be completely random and it wouldn’t matter, but you know how quilters can be…maybe…just a little…obsessive! Have fun admiring your blocks and seeking out the perfect arrangement. Plus, it will help the time pass more quickly while you wait for the next installment.
Come back again July 10 for the borders…