Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Intricate Stitches--Bonus Block 1

Hi everyone, and welcome back to the Intricate Stitches block of the month quilt!  In order to have 12 blocks for this quilt, we have to double up on blocks for a couple of months.  This is one of those months!

Here's today's block:

This is a block of many names.  I found it as The Hunt, a 1939 block from the Farm Journal.  It's also sometimes known as Black Beauty and is just a tiny bit different from Nancy Cabot's Blackford's Beauty.  If you want to know more, this is number 1983 in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia.  This is a really easy block and doesn't take nearly as long as some of the other Intricate Stitches blocks.

Let's get to it!


For this block you will need a darker color and a background color.  I know the RSC color for this month is green, but I wasn't feeling it, so I chose this lovely blue-purple.  I think it looks really good in just two colors, but you could substitute a different color to emphasize the interior star if you'd like.  My background is a plain Kona white.

From the purple, cut:

1 16-1/2 by 2 inch strip OR 2 8-1/2 by 2 inch strips
1 3-1/2 by 8-1/2 inch strip
4 2 inch by 3-1/2 inch rectangles
16 2 inch squares

From the background, cut:

1 16-1/2 by 2 inch strip OR 2 8-1/2 by 2 inch strips
1 2 inch  by 8-1/2 inch strip
8 2 inch by 5 inch strips
1 3-1/2 inch square

That's it for the cutting!

Make the units:

This block has only 2 units!  The first one is the 4-patch units.  First, take the 16-1/2 inch purple and white strips and join them on the long edge to make a long strip set. Press.  Cut into 8 2-inch segments, then join them together to make 4 4-patches.  These should measure 3-1/2 inches. (Sorry that I didn't get pictures, but you know what a strip set looks like!)

Take the purple 3-1/2 by 8-1/2 inch strip and the white 2 by 8-1/2 inch strip and join them along the long side to make another strip set. Cut this into 4 2-inch segments. Add the 2 by 3-1/2 inch rectangles and the units you just cut as shown to finish the 4-patch units:

This unit is done!  These should measure 5 inches square.

The second unit to make is what I'm calling double-flag units.  These essentially are chevrons made with strips and squares, but these are very easy with no weird cutting of the white strips.  Start by drawing a line from corner to corner on the back of each of the 2-inch purple squares.  Now take the 5-inch white strips and place the squares on each strip as shown:

Notice that the lines on each strip go in the same direction.  You'll need 4  pieces where the lines angle to the left and 4 where they angle to the right.  Stitch on the drawn lines, trim, and press.  Pro tip:  don't cut until you check to be sure that the stitched lines are in the proper direction!

This should give you 4 of each of these strips:

Join one "left" and one "right" to make a complete unit.  Make 4.

That's it for the units!


This could not be simpler.  Lay out the units you've made, plus the remaining 3-1/2 inch square, as shown:

Join into rows and then join the rows into a beautiful finished block!

That's it!  Your block should measure 12-1/2 inches square to finish at 12 inches in the quilt.  Here's the blocks for the quilt so far:

It;s turning out even better than I expected! Hope you have an easy time with your bonus block.  Come back on June 7 (eep!) for another exciting block.

Linking to Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, and soscrappy for RSC16.


Sara said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! I love all of these blocks.

Vicki in MN said...

Gorgeous block!

Kate said...

Beautiful block! It's a great addition to your other beauties.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Good tutorial and beautiful blocks!!

Dena@LivingWaterQuilter.com said...

Wowza! The blocks are beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial

Kathy's A Quilter said...

This is a fabulous collection of blocks.

PaulaB quilts said...

Your color choice is gorgeous. I can see making a whole quilt with this block being so easy. Thanks so much for the tute.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thank you for the tutorial. That's another BEAUTIFUL block!!

Scrap and quilts said...

OH! I love this sweet star! Easy to do too! Will keep this reference for sure. Thanks for the tutorial. ;^)

Ivani said...

Simple and beautiful.

LA Paylor said...

great block Mari

scraphappy said...

I really like this one. Together, the blocks are truly stunning.

make.share.give said...

These are amazing! I might have to try a few...