Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September 2013 Block of the Month - Kansas City Star

This post is part of the yearlong Block of the Month (BOM) Series hosted by South Sound Modern Quilt Guild (SSMQG). The goal for this BOM is to serve as a skill builder. We will start with basic piecing then move to more complex skills such as half square triangles (HSTs), slice and insert, crazy quilting/piecing, and improv. We hope you will stick with us as we make our blocks and quilts. For our guild we are asking everyone who would like to participate to make at least one block for our charity quilts and as many extra blocks for yourself as you like.

All the blocks for our Block of the Month will measure 12.5" x 12.5" unfinished.

The first tutorial is by Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs:

Welcome! Our first block is the Kansas City Star designed by Olie Mae Rogers in 1940. One note is to be careful with your block layout or your may end up with an unintended design. All seams are a scant 1/4", double check your seam allowance before you start sewing!
Blue fabric - 2.5" x 6.5" - cut 4 
Red fabric - 2.5" x 6.5" - cut 4 
Gray fabric - 2.5" x 2.5" - cut 8 
White fabric - 2.5" x 2.5" - cut 4

Below is the layout:

Start by piece all of the middle sections (the gray and white sections, press your seams open - this helps minimize bulk when quilting).

Next you will sew together the 6.5" x 6.5" sections:

Next you will sew the 2 top pieces together and the two bottom pieces together. In order to get a perfect match of seams I like to press my seams in opposite directions when joining large sections. This allows the sections to butt up next to each other firmly.

If you like this block, here are two different layout that you could easily make with just this one block!

I hope you have enjoyed our first Block of the Month, come back in October for our next installment!