Wednesday, July 2, 2014

August Block of the Month

Our August block of the month is based on the traditional wagon wheel block.  It is also known as the broken wheel block and rolling stone block.  The tutorial can be found on the Riley Blake site here.  The block is easier to assemble than it looks as long as you cut carefully and use an accurate SCANT quarter inch seam.

wagon wheel block
The block should be 12.5" unfinished (12" finished) using white fabric for the background and bright, modern fabrics for the rest.  Have fun raiding your scrap basket and selecting fabrics.  You can go scrappy as with this sample block or fussy cut the center block and choose one coordinating print as the quilt in the tutorial.

for one block
Note that the link to the tutorial provides instructions for making an entire quilt.  Make sure you are reading the portion that applies to making just one block.  For one block you will need:

  • From the background fabric:  eight squares 2 7/8" and four rectangles 2 1/2" by 4 1/2"
  • Focal print for the center:  one square 4 1/2"
  • Coordinating prints (can be all the same or different coordinating prints): four rectangles 2 1/2" by 4 1/2" and four squares 3 3/8"
Leave any questions you may have in the comments.  Bring your block(s) to the August meeting for a chance to go home with all the blocks.

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