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Block of the Week 50 Plaited Block
December13
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Block of the Week 50 Plaited Block

Week 50! We are so close...either next week or the final week, I will have separate blog posts with some options of putting our blocks together into one large quilt or several smaller ones. I will include some estimates for yardage as well. This week's block is the Plaited Block, it's a little different then anything we have done so far. This block looks difficult but as long as you pay attention to the pictures as you go, I think you will find it pretty easy.

You will need 3 colors and a Background

Fabric A - Color 1

Fabric B - Color 2

Fabric C - Color 3

Fabric D - Background

Cutting:

Fabric A - Cut 1 - 2" x 4 1/2" strip

Fabric A - Cut 4 - 2" x 3 1/2" strips

Fabric A - Cut 2 - 2" x 5" strips

Fabric B - Cut 1 - 2" x 4 1/2" strip

Fabric B - Cut 4 - 2" x 3 1/2" strips

Fabric B - Cut 2 - 2" x 5" strips

Fabric C - Cut 1 - 3 1/2" square

Fabric D - Cut 4 - 3 1/2" squares

Fabric D - Cut 4 - 2" x 4 1/2" strips

Fabric D - Cut 12 - 2" squares

Sewing:

Gather the 4 Fabric D 3 1/2" squares and 2 of the Fabric A and B 2" x 3 1/2" strips.

Sew these together as shown below and press toward Fabric A and B. These units should measure 3 1/2" x 5".

Layout 2 Fabric D 2" x 4 1/2" strips with the Fabric A 2" x 4 1/2" strip as shown.

Sew these strips together and press toward Fabric A.

Layout the other 2 Fabric D 2" x 4 1/2" strips and the Fabric B 2" x 4 1/2" strip as shown.

Sew these strips together and press toward Fabric B.

For both of the above strip sets, cut each into 2 segments measuring 2" x 5".

You will have 4 segments that look like this.

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of 8 of the Fabric D 2" squares.

Lay 2 of the above Fabric D squares right sides together on the right hand side of the 2 Fabric A 2" x 5" strips as shown.

Sew just to the outside edge of the drawn line.

Trim the corner leaving 1/4" seam.

Press toward Fabric D. (oops, I forgot to take a picture)

Place 2 Fabric D 2" squares right sides together with the remaining 2 Fabric B 2" x 3 1/2" strips as shown.

Sew just to the outside edge of the drawn line. Trim corner leaving 1/4" seam.

Press toward Fabric D.

Sew a Fabric D 2" square (one that has no line drawn on the back) to the right side of the 2 units from above.

Press toward the Fabric D square. These should measure 2" x 5".

You will be making 2 identical units using the segments from above. Lay them out as shown below.

Sew these together and press toward the center row.

These should measure 5" square.

Lay a Fabric D 2" square right sides together on the right hand side of the 2 Fabric B 2" x 5" strip as shown.

Sew just to the outside edge of the drawn line. Trim corner leaving 1/4" seam.

Press toward Fabric D.

Lay a Fabric D 2" square right sides together on the right side of the 2 remaining Fabric A 2" x 3 1/2" strips as shown.

Sew just to the outside edge of the drawn line. Trim corner leaving 1/4" seam.

Press toward Fabric D.

Sew the remaining 2 Fabric D 2" squares (with no drawn line) to the right side of the above units.

Press toward the Fabric D square. These should measure 2" x 5".

You will be making 2 identical units using the segments from above. Lay them out as shown below.

Sew these rows together and press toward the center row. These units should measure 5" square.

OK, now we have all the units to complete this block. Lay them out as shown below, making sure of the rotation of each one so you get the "plaited" look. (*the identical units are in opposite corners and then rotated)

 

Sew the units into rows. Press toward the center on the outer rows and away from the center on the middle row.

Now sew these rows together and press toward the center row.

Hopefully you found this block easier than what it appeared. I can see making a quilt with just these blocks that would look like ribbon braided together. Future project perhaps!

Don't forget to post your pictures on the Ruth's Stitchery Facebook page to be entered into our December drawing.

Only 2 more weeks to go!

 

 

 

Posted by Beth Spillane

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