We take a break from the Half Square Triangles this month. Blocks 2 and 3 are a variation of the classical Courthouse Steps block with the addition of the diagonal chain of squares. They each have identical pieces but the way that the fabrics are located give a completely different look between the two blocks.
Block 2 has the same fabrics across from each other, similar to the Courthouse Steps block. While Block 3's fabrics make rings around the block. Same block but different look.
There are some changes that you can do with each block, too, if you wish. On Block 2, below, the Traditional fabrics are placed as the pattern states. The floral Folktale version has the fabrics next to each other. This gives more of a Log Cabin look to the block.
With Block 3, below, in the retro Back Porch version, I simply rearranged the squares to give a bit of a change.
Let's look at the construction. First off, since we are using print fabrics, you will want to look at swapping some of the fabrics from what the pattern calls for. Colorwise, if you stick with the fabric numbers called for, you probably won't be pleased. Of course, you can use any of your fabrics that you choose, but here are the fabrics that I used in my blocks:
Floral Folktale Fabrics:
Retro Back Porch Fabrics:
Lay out the block as you wish then sew the squares to the side "logs". Chain stitch these to save time.
Now the pattern says to press the seams toward the squares, but I press mine toward the rectangle "logs" instead.
Sew the top and bottom logs onto the center square and press toward the logs. Now when you add the side log/squares strips, the seams will lay in opposite directions. Be sure to pin at the seams.
Sew on both sides and press toward the side log/squares. You will instantly see why accurate 1/4" seam allowance are critical. If you have trouble matching the seams and everything fitting exactly, your seam allowance are probably off. Fix that now or it will just keep getting worse.
Continue adding tops, press, sides, press, repeat until the block is complete. Tip: Set up an iron close to your machine. Or, do like me and purposely put the iron across the room, that way I get more exercise!
Pat yourself on the back, two more blocks are done! Next month we return to making more Half Square Triangles. Bye for now!