2018 Christmas Countdown: Block 17

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Block 17: Red & White

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Cutting Instructions:

From the white fabric, cut:
(4) 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” squares
(8) 1” x 1 1/2” rectangles
(16) 1” x 1” squares

From the red fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square
(4) 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” squares
(8) 1” x 1 1/2” rectangles
(8) 1” x 1” squares

Assembly

Square in a Square

Mark the wrong side of the white 1 1/2” squares diagonally once. Lay a marked square on the corner of a red 2 1/2” square and sew on the marked line. Trim a quarter inch from the marked line and press. Repeat on all four corners. Unit measures 2 1/2” unfinished.

Corner Flip Units

Mark the wrong side of a red 1” square in half diagonally once. Lay the marked red square, right sides together, on the left corner of a white 1” x 1 1/2” rectangle with the marked line beginning in the top left corner.

Sew on the marked line. Trim 1/4” seam allowance and press towards the white. Make 4.

Repeat with the red square at the right end of the white rectangle with the marked line ending in the top right corner. Press towards the red. Make 4.

Sew together a left and right corner flip unit so the red touches. Unit measures 1” x 2 1/2” unfinished. Make 4.

Parallelogram Units

Mark the wrong side of a white 1” square in half diagonally once. Lay the marked white square, right sides together, on the left corner of a red 1” x 1 1/2” rectangle with the marked line beginning in the bottom left corner.

Sew on the marked line. Trim 1/8” seam allowance and press toward the red.

Repeat for the white 1” square at the right end of the red rectangle with the marked line ending in the top right corner.

Unit measures 1” x 1 1/2” rectangle. Make 4.

Repeat to make four more parallelograms going in the other direction. Press towards the white. Use the image below as a guide.

Sew together a left and right parallelogram unit so the white touches. Unit measures 1” x 2 1/2” unfinished. Make 4.

Block Assembly

Sew a parallelogram pair to the top of a corner flip pair to make a V unit. Unit measures 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” unfinished. Make 4.

Sew red 1 1/2” squares to the left and right side of the previous unit. Unit measures 1 1/2” x 4 1/2” unfinished. Make 2.

Sew V units to the left and right side of the Square in a Square. Unit measures 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” unfinished.

Assemble the rows as shown.

Measures 4 1/2” square unfinished.

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Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next block.

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