Welcome to this month’s block for the Cozy Afternoon block of the month which features another cute cup of “something” (coffee for me).
I enjoyed the piecing process of this block. It’s a lot simpler than it looks. One thing to check as you are making this block is the size of the corner units. They should measure about 5″ from the point to the long side. This unit is slightly over-sized, so I trimmed the long side a bit to make it straight.
After making the half square triangle units, I forgot to trim them down to 5 1/4″ square before attaching them. So when I stitched them onto the center square, I needed to trim it down. This worked out fine (maybe even better). The size of the block at this point should be 9″ unfinished.
Jacquelynne states in her pattern that the completed block will most likely be bigger than 12 1/2″ square. That was true for mine, and so I trimmed it evenly on all four sides, making sure that I left 1/4″ seam allowance at the points.
This is very rare for me, but I pieced the block BEFORE I completed the stitching on the applique. I wanted to show you the finished block, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to finish the applique first. There can be a little bit of shrinkage because of the stitching, but I think for a block this small, it will be minimal. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. If you are using machine appliqué for the center of your block, you can refer to my previous tutorials on appliqué for some helpful tips: Applique Part 1, Applique Part 2 and Applique Part 3.
Here are the first four blocks:
The giveaway for this month includes an adorable quilt pattern and a bag pattern courtesy of Jacquelynne Steves. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here.
I’ll pick a winner on August 16. The giveaway is now closed.
If you visit the other participating bloggers and leave a comment, you’ll have more chances to win. We are EACH giving away the same prize package. Plus it’s always nice to see how their blocks are turning out!
Thanks for visiting today. I hope your week is startin’ off right!