make Aussie Diamond Blocks. The response was fantastic and the Coffs Harbour Sewing Team
have been happily putting them into quilts all year! Some quilts were made entirely of the Aussie Diamond Block, sometimes alternating block with other blocks or panels,
sometimes horizontal rows mixed with other BOM blocks and sometimes borders.
I have loved designing the quilts with them.
THANK YOU if you contributed some of those blocks.
The box is now nearly empty :-( and I need more Aussie theme blocks
to take us through 2019. So, here we go...
AUSSIE THEME STAR BLOCK
AUSSIE THEME SQUARES BLOCK
Both are AUSSIE THEME blocks.
If you are on holidays during part of this time, you might like to choose just one of the blocks
to make during this busy time. Or you might make some of both of them.
We don't need equal numbers of each block this time.
The Star Block is 1/2 inch bigger than the Squares Block as that gave nice round
numbers for cutting out ;-)...so much easier to do.
ALL blocks are trimmed to make them the size needed for each quilt designed.
are timeless and will enable us to meet many of the Requests from our Aussie Heroes.
They will also mix with other Blocks of the Month we have received in previous months.
THE SQUARES BLOCK
will make wonderful AUSSIE THEM QUILTS that are often requested.
This block can be turned around in several ways creating very exciting designs for our quilts.
If using DIRECTIONAL FABRICS or APPLIQUED DESIGNS THAT ARE DIRECTIONAL,
both the pieces in THE SQUARES BLOCK should run the same way, as in my sample.
See below for optional alternate positioning of the fabrics in this block.
This can be achieved by using FABRICS PRINTED with Australian flowers, animals, scenes etc.
Please don't use childish prints of Australian animals, as cute as they are,
as the quilts are mostly made for adults.
The majority of our Recipients are men so gender neutral is also a good plan.
Both Blocks can include MACHINE EMBROIDERY as the examples below
Blocks can include APPLIQUED DESIGNS - satin stitch applique
will stand the test of time rather than blanket stitch
These delightful blocks were sent by a BOM contributor last Dec/Jan.
Below, I have laid 3/4 inch strips of paper over the block to show approximately what will be trimmed away once blocks are allocated to a Recipient's Quilt. My kangaroo print had some colours and design I didn't want in my finished block, but I have left it on the two outer sides of the piece where they will be trimmed away. If positioning an appliquéd design on this part of the block, consider the 3/4 inch that will be trimmed away when CENTRING THE APPLIQUE.
Use 100% COTTON FABRIC
Use 1/4 inch seam allowance
Don't trim finished blocks
Firstly, let's make the
AUSSIE THEME SQUARES BLOCK
CUTTING OUT THE BLOCK
MAKING THE BLOCK
then press the seam allowances onto the black strip
allowances onto the black fabric.
AUSSIE THEME STAR
Please use either BLACK or VERY DARK COLOURS FOR THE BACKGROUND
STAR POINTS can be any colour that complements the AUSSIE THEM centre of the block