Friday, April 11, 2008

Instructions for the Guild Block

Now it's really quick and easy to make something for Project Linus! Guild members can use this pattern to whip up the following block in no time using leftover bits of fabric from your projects. It's based on 2 1/2" strips (jelly roll size). Bring the blocks to any guild meeting, and Linus Committee members will assemble them into quilts. Thanks so much!

Unfinished block size: 6-1/2” x 9-1/2”

Cut the following
Outside color:
cut 2 rectangles: 9-1/2” x 2-1/2”
cut 2 squares: 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”

Contrast color:
cut 1 rectangle: 5-1/2” x 2-1/2”

Sew one 2-1/2” square to each end of the small rectangle.
Next sew one large rectangle to the top and one large rectangle to the bottom. You’re finished!

You can also make 4 blocks at once if you prefer. Here are the instructions:

Cut the following
Outside color (A):
Cut 2 2-1/2” strips by width of fabric (WOF)
Cut 1 20” x 2-1/2” strip
Subcut this 20” strip into 2 2-1/2” squares and 3 5”x2-1/2” rectangles
Contrast color (B):
Cut 1 22” x 2-1/2” strip and subcut this into 4 5-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles

Assemble into a long strip starting with 2-1/2” A, next alternate 5-1/2”B pieces and 5”A pieces, ending with a 2 1/2” A. See picture below:
Next sew the 2 WOF strips to the top and to the bottom of the long strip you just made.
Subcut into 4 9-1/2” blocks. Be sure to even the ends and check your ruler as you go to keep the blocks squared up to the right measurements.
You're finished! Don't they look great?
A word on fabric choices
We ask that you use bright, kid-friendly fabrics. The kids who receive these quilts need love and cheer. Not everything has to be for little children, however, as teens also receive blankets from Project Linus. We will try to match the tone of blocks we receive to make blankets for different ages. But please, be sure the blocks are cheerful!

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