Thursday, 1 March 2018

Block of the Month March 2018

BLUE AND WHITE BON BON BLOCK



This month, I'd like to build up our supply of blocks that will used to
make quilts for our Recipients who ask for ... 
  • sports team to be represented by blue and white
  • their favourite colour blue
  • a Navy theme quilt
  • an Air Force theme quilt
WHITE FABRIC can be PLAIN or WHITE TONE-ON-TONE PRINT

Please use a PLAIN BLUE FABRIC or TONE-ON-TONE BLUE FABRIC
A little black or white print on the blue is OK
The fabric should look simply BLUE  
No turquoise  
No teal 
No aqua  
These are a few fabrics in my collection that are suitable
I looked for colours that represent either the Navy or Air Force as a guide



THANK YOU
for making blocks that will be used to make quilts for our deployed Aussie Heroes
Each quilt is an original and will be personalised to meet the Requests of each Recipient

Many of the quilts made by the Coffs Harbour Sewing Team using these blocks, 
can be seen in Jan-Maree's Blog Posts and my 
occasional Wednesday BOM Quilts Posts

My Happy Mail Post each Wednesday, shows the blocks 
sent to me in the preceding weeks

Use 100% cotton fabrics
Use 1/4 inch seam allowance
Gender neutral prints please as the majority of the quilts are made for men

Do not trim blocks 
blocks are designed oversize 
and they are all trimmed back to make each quilt  

The sizes of the blocks needed vary from quilt to quilt depending on what each 
quilt maker designs to meet the Recipient's Requests

CUTTING

Blue Fabric

Cut four 5 x 5 inch squares 
Cut four 5 inch x 3 3/8 inch rectangles


White Fabric

Cut two 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch squares
Cut one 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 inch square


MARKING THE FABRIC

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the two large squares 
Then draw a second line 1/2 inch away from the first line
DO NOT mark the smaller square


CONSTRUCTING THE BLOCK

As shown, position a large white square on a large blue square, with right sides together

THE SHORTER MARKED LINE SHOULD BE CLOSER TO THE CORNER 

Pin as shown, a little distance away from the lines


Sew along BOTH lines


Cut between the two marked and sewn lines as shown



Put the two cut off pieces aside to be posted with the Block
They will be pressed, trimmed to the size required and made into 
small blocks eg. Pinwheel blocks, or long pieces that make 
borders and joiners in the quilts.  


Press the white triangle away from the blue section to form a square

HINT I like to press the white seam allowance onto the blue fabric so that it doesn't create a shadow under the white fabric


LAY OUT THE BLOCK




Make the middle row of the block by sewing a blue rectangle to opposite sides
of the small white square
Press the seam allowances towards the blue fabric




Make the two outside rows of the blocks by sewing each square to the
opposite long sides of the rectangles
Press the seam allowances towards the blue fabric




Join the three rows together with the white square in the middle of the block
Press the seam allowances towards the centre of the block...yes, these ones will shadow!




Finished!
A beautiful Blue and White Bon Bon Block

PDF Version of the block can be found HERE

I hope you've enjoyed making this block
Please send your block and off cut triangles to...

Sandy Corry
9 Wendouree Court
North Boambee Valley   NSW   2450

If you include your email address, I'll let you know when your blocks 
arrive in my letter box
If you don't have an email address then check out the Wednesday Happy Mail Post
each week to see that your blocks have arrived 

Many thanks to you, for supporting Aussie Hero Quilts
and contributing blocks for the quilts for our Heroes
Until next month, when the temperatures will begin dropping in this 
wonderful land that we live in, happy sewing time to you.  

Sandy







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