This month marks the start of the second half of our quilt! The colors for this month range from cool aquas to teals and turquoises, and the block is quick and easy. This will give us some good progress really fast. Here is our block:
|Country Lanes, Mountain Mist, 1935|
This is Country Lanes, a 1935 block from Mountain Mist, the batting company. I remember them printing some block patterns on their batting wrappers way back in the 1980s. I don't know if they still do this, but apparently they did for a very long time, since the 1920s, and even put out several pamphlets of the patterns.
I made the sample block in just two aquas and a background to show the contrast, but seriously consider adding a third as the background. If you skip to the end of this post, you can see the two blocks I made using three different prints.
On to the block!
Cutting for a 10- inch block:
As always, if you want to use your already-cut squares instead of cutting larger pieces, feel free!
From the background fabric, cut:
2 2-1/2 by 10-1/2 inch strips
From the first aqua, cut:
2 2-1/2 inch by 10-1/2 inch strips
1 2-1/2 inch square
From the second aqua, cut:
4 2-1/2 by 4-1/2 inch rectangles
Unlike the blocks up until this point, this block does not have any half-square triangles!
Take all of the 2-1/2 by 10-1/2 inch strips and pair them up, aqua with the background fabrics. Stitch along the long edges, then press to the aqua. Cut each of these into 4 2-1/2 inch sections.
Use 2 of the sections to make a checkerboard 4-patch. You can press these seams any way that they work best because they are not attached to other pieced units.
Make 4 of these units. These should measure 4-1/2 inches square.
The assembly of this block could not be easier. Gather the units that you just made plus all the remaining pieces and lay them out as shown:
Join the units into rows and the rows into a finished block. Press well and admire how talented you are!
These blocks go very quickly, so you should be back out enjoying the June sunshine in no time. Here are the blocks I made for this month:
We are now 60% finished with our quilt! Wahoo! As always, hop on over to Angela's to see some more blocks and some of her variations. If you are so inclined, remember that Angela has a linkup at her blog every Saturday, and we would all love to see your blocks. You can also link up Instagram posts there, and be sure to tag me (@academicquilter) and/or use #squaredawaybom or #squaredawayquilt so I won't miss seeing your pretty blocks.
Our next block will be posted July 7th, after the holiday on the 4th (or the 1st if you're in Canada), so you can go ahead and finish your picnics before meeting back here for the next step. See you then!
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