We made it!! 52 Weeks of quilt blocks, I can't believe we are at the end of 2021. Our final block is one of my favorite quilt blocks, Odd Fellows Chain. I know it is a lot of pieces, if you don't want to tackle this one, you can always repeat a previous week's block, however, I hope you will give it a try. I have broken it down into sections, so just follow along step by step and I have no doubt you will be successful!
I hope you have enjoyed working on these blocks with us, and if you haven't kept up, that is totally fine as these patterns will remain indefinitely on our website. Hopefully, you can use this as another resource whenever you are looking for 12" blocks to use in your quilts. Thank you for sticking with us throughout the year and to all of you who have posted pictures on our Facebook page, we have loved seeing your progress. Check out the next blog post for some setting options and approximate yardage for sashing and borders.
You will need 5 colors and a Background
Fabric A - Color 1
Fabric B - Color 2
Fabric C - Color 3
Fabric D - Color 4
Fabric E - Color 5
Fabric F - Background
Fabric A - Cut 8 - 2 1/2" squares
Fabric B - Cut 4 - 2" squares
Fabric B - Cut 1 - 4 1/4" square
Fabric C - Cut 4 - 4" squares
Fabric D - Cut 4 - 2 1/2" squares
Fabric E - Cut 1 - 3 1/2" square
Fabric F - Cut 4 - 2 1/2" squares
Fabric F - Cut 8 - 2" squares
Fabric F - Cut 2 - 4 1/2" squares
Fabric F - Cut 4 - 2 1/2" squares
Half Square Triangles: You will need 4 Fabric A and 4 Fabric F 2 1/2" squares. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 4 Fabric F squares.
With right sides together, sew 1/4" away from both sides of drawn line.
Cut apart on drawn line.
Press toward Fabric A, you will have 8 slightly oversized Half Square Triangles.
Trim these to 2" squares.
Using the 8 Half Square Triangles from above, the 4 Fabric B 2" squares and 4 of the Fabric E 2" squares, lay out as shown:
Sew the top 2 squares and the bottom 2 squares together. Press toward Fabric F and Fabric B.
Sew the top and bottom together and press seam open. You will have 4 units that measure 3 1/2" square.
Now we will work on Flying Geese. You are going to making 2 sets of 4 Flying Geese, using the Fabric F 4 1/2" squares and 4 Fabric A and D 2 1/2" squares.
Using a marking tool (like the Magic Wand) mark the diagonal sewing lines on the wrong side of the Fabric A and D squares as shown.
Lay 2 Fabric A squares right sides together onto a Fabric F squares as shown below.
Sew on the drawn line.
Cut apart down the middle of the sewn lines.
Press toward the Fabric A triangles.
Place a Fabric A square right sides together on a unit from above as shown.
Sew on the drawn lines and cut apart down the middle of sewn lines.
Press toward Fabric A. You will have 4 slightly oversized Flying Geese.
Trim the Flying Geese to 2" x 3 1/2" (I used the Wing Clipper I).
Now repeat the above steps to make the Fabric D and F Flying Geese. (See pictures below)
Take the remaining 4 Fabric F 2 1/2" squares and cut them half on the diagonal.
Lay these triangles and the Fabric A Flying Geese out as shown below.
Sew together, pressing toward the Fabric F triangles.
Trim off the excess hanging below the Flying Geese.
Take the Fabric B 4 1/4" square and cut in half twice on the diagonal as shown so you have 4 triangles.
You will be sewing these triangles to the Flying Geese unit as shown.
Fold a Fabric B triangle in half on the long side to find the center.
Pin the triangle to the Flying Geese unit, lining up the center of the triangle with the point of the Flying Geese.
Sew together (when sewing, have the Flying Geese on top so you can make sure you are sewing through the seam correctly and not chopping off your points)
You will have 4 units that look like this.
These are slightly oversized as well. To trim, line your 1/4" mark of your ruler with the seam intersection and make sure your line is straight with the angle of your Flying Geese (see pictures below).
Trim both sides.
Cut the 4 Fabric C squares in half on the diagonal.
Lay these triangles out with the Flying Geese units as shown below.
Sew the right side triangle to the Flying Geese Unit and press toward Fabric C.
Now sew the left side triangle and press toward Fabric C. You will have 4 slightly oversized units.
Trim the above units to 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". (Pay attention to your seam allowance to make sure you don't trim off any of your points)
To make the center star unit, layout the Fabric D Flying Geese, the remaining 4 Fabric F 2" squares and the Fabric E square as shown.
Sew into rows, pressing toward the Fabric F squares and the Fabric E center square.
Sew the rows together. Press seams away from the center.
Now we have all the units to complete our block. Lay them out as shown.
Sew together in rows. Press seams open.
Sew the rows together. Press seams open.
You did it! That was a lot of piecing but our Odd Fellows Chain block is complete! And with that block, our 52 Blocks of the Week are finished. Great job.
I will be posting another blog with some options for setting these blocks in different size quilts with some yardage estimates for sashing and borders.
Don't forget to post your pictures to the Ruth's Stitchery Facebook page by the end of December for our final drawing. We are looking forward to seeing your blocks and your quilts as you complete them.