CLUE for the week:
What do you call a snowman party? (You will find the answer as you read on.)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR WEEK #2
Note: If you would like to see the instructions "up close" just click on the picture and it will open in a large, easy to read window. You can also print the instructions from that window as well.
From the fabrics that you cut last week, you will be using the following for Week #2:
-2 1/2 strips of the blue 2 1/2" strips
-2 1/2 strips of the green 2 1/2" strips
-17 - 6 1/2" squares cut from the white background fabric
Pencil, ruler, rotary cutter and mat or scissors
STEP #1 (click on picture below for a larger view)
Cut 34—2 1/2” blue squares from the 2 1/2” blue strips.
Cut 34—2 1/2” green squares from the 2 1/2” green strips.
You will probably be able to cut 16 squares per strip - so it will take approximately 2 1/2 strips of each color depending on the width of your fabric. (When you finish cutting, you will have 68 squares total.)
Set aside the remainder of the blue & green strips for later.** STEP #2 (click on picture below for a larger view)
-On the WRONG side of each of the 2 1/2” squares, draw a pencil line on the diagonal of each of square. This pencil line will serve as your stitching guide. -RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER - Place a blue square in the upper left and lower right corner and a green square in the upper right and lower left corner of one of the 17 - 6 1/2” white background squares as pictured.
-Stitch on the outside edge of the pencil line - shown as a dashed line in red. STEP #3 (click on picture below for a larger view)
-Place the 1/4” line of your ruler on the stitched lines (red dashed lines in diagram) and trim seam allowance to 1/4”.
-Discard corner piece.
-Attach blue and green corners to all 17 of the 6 1/2” squares in the same manner, trimming as indicated.
STEP #4 (click on picture below for a larger view)
-Press Corners Open (pressing seam allowance toward corner).
-Square up the block to 6 1/2” square if needed.
-Dashed line around edge of block in diagram indicates block seam allowance.
So, What do you call a snowman party? A Snow Ball!
Congratulations! You have created 17 "Snowball" blocks! Set these blocks aside for another week. You're not finished with them yet! :-)
The instructions for our Mystery Quilt are very detailed so that anyone of any skill level can easily create this quilt. Thank you so much for your notes of encouragement and excitement about the Mystery Quilt!
Next week I will post the third set of instructions.
Based on the weather we're expecting this weekend...I thought this week's blog title was appropriate. Yes, we have discussed the fact that Spring has arrived, but there are days when winter returns for a day or two before Spring actually takes hold. Remember our mantra for the year: "The Glass IS Half Full". As we all know - being snowed in is the perfect time to put on a favorite sweater and fuzzy socks, turn on some inspiring music, serve up a cup of hot chocolate and make a Project Linus blanket! We'll hope the predicted 4-6" misses us, but if it does arrive - I think I'll just say thank you for giving me a great reason to stay home and sew!
**For any more experienced quilters who are replacing the blue and green strips with alternate colors, remember that you will need to make note of which color is replacing blue and which color is replacing green as you put your blocks together. There is an order to the positioning of the green and blue strips and you don't want to get them mixed up.