Block of the Month – July 2014

This month’s block is Housewife found on Quilt Blocks Galore.  Click HERE for the link to the pattern.  I liked the purples chosen by the quilt store.  I have a secret wish that the whole quilt was in purple, yellow and green.  But, it will be scrappy.  This one has a mistake in the online instructions, so follow along here carefully.


Once again, I am changing the instructions. If you have followed the BOM posts, you know I don’t like the strip method of making half-square triangles, too much turning this way and that. I prefer to chain piece, so I cut my squares apart and do what is comfortable for me.  You’ll get the best results piecing this more intricate design if you use Aurifil 50 wt thread like I do.  So, we start with the following –

Medium color (here the light purple) you need
four 2-1/2 inch squares
two 4-7/8 inch squares cut on the diagonal

Dark (here the dark purple)
eight 2-7/8 inch squares
one 5-1/4 inch square

eight 2-7/8 inch squares
one 5-1/4 inch square


Load your machine with Aurifil 50 wt thread, it is thin and makes the piecing easier.

Start by stacking the dark and light 2-7/8 inch squares right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the light. Do the same with the dark and light 5-1/4 inch square. Draw a second line on the opposite diagonal on the big square. You’ll need it later.  Be sure you have your size 10 needle in the machine and Aurifil thread.


Chain piece by sewing 1/4 inch away on either side of the line on all the little squares. On the big one, just do one side. There is a mistake in the online instructions, it says to sew on both sides of the big one, but that doesn’t work and I’ll show it to you here. Ask me how I know!! Because I did it the way the pattern said.


I turned around the chain and sewed the other side. Only do the little squares, not the big one like I did.


The instructions next say to cut the big one apart along the line between the seams, then cut across like the picture on the page. I drew a line before sewing to make this easier.


But wait, something is wrong. There is no way these are going together as a pinwheel.


If you turn the bottom two around so the long straight is on the outside, then both will have the same color next to the upper two.  In other words, the purple will be next to purple instead of the light grey.  Two of them have to be frogged, and restitched on the other side.


So I did that, and whew! That’s better! Thank heaven I saw this before adding the HSTs!


Next, I squared up all my little HST blocks to 2-1/2 inches.  See my tutorial on Squaring Up HSTs if you need help on how to do this.


I constructed the pinwheel and added the large medium-tone purple triangles to set the pinwheel on point.


Once again, (you know how much I insist on laying things out multiple times) I set out the HSTs to be sure they were pointing the right way. This is so easy to get backwards. Make little purple mountains in the centers.  Pin well, nesting seams where you can for sharp points.


Sew in rows.


Add the squares to each end of two of the rows.


Then arrange around the pinwheel center.


Sew the top and bottom to the pinwheel.


Then add the other two rows with the cornerstones. All Done!


I wish the quilt store had gone through this with us, but they didn’t say a word about the mistake.  Maybe they forgot in all the excitement of it being Shop Hop.  Oh well, I am just glad I am blogging these, as it forces me to slow down and take pictures along the way.  Hope this helps those that haven’t made the block yet!  Happy Sewing!

4 thoughts on “Block of the Month – July 2014

  1. rosemarazzle

    Rosemary b here:
    This is a beautiful block. Good thing you discovered the problem and with your expertise you were able to “remedy the situation”

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