October Block of the Month

Continuing our batiks exploration with another block.  The local quilt store is picking the fabrics and patterns.  This month the pattern is Wyoming Valley, available on Quilt Blocks Galore.  The shop has chosen a dark purple with a red-orange accent.  The same grey background was given to us too.


As usual, I don’t like the instructions as given, the wiggling back and forth doesn’t work for me.  So, I’ll give the dimensions with chain piecing instructions.


So, first the cutting of the pieces.

Purple – cut eight rectangles 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches.

Grey – cut eight squares 2-7/8 inches, and twenty squares 2-1/2 inches.

Orange/Red – cut eight squares 2-7/8 inches.

Match up the orange/red with the grey 2-7/8 inch squares, draw a diagonal line on the grey.


Sew on both sides 1/4 inch away from the line.


Square up the HSTs to 2-1/2 inches.


Lay out the corner units, and sew each one. .


Isn’t chain sewing more fun!


Iron your seams opposing so they will nest


Lay out the center unit and sew.


Lay the 2-1/2 inch grey squares on opposite corners of the purple rectangles, with half going to the right and half to the left. Pin them so you don’t get them mixed up.


Sew on the line, chain piecing, being careful to lift the other square out of the way so you don’t sew over it.


Press and trim the excess. You should end up with four chevron units.


Lay them out with the other corner units and the center unit.


Sew in rows, pressing seams alternately.


And you’re done.


I’m not real thrilled with my points on the chevrons on this one. But, I don’t think I’ll frog them out! This BOM will end up as a giveaway quilt when I am done. Since I have never quilted a batik quilt, it will be a learning experience.  I am thinking of sashing it all in black.  Given the variety of colors, and the consistent grey background, I’m thinking it would help the blocks shine.

Wanna catch up with us?  Just click on the Block of the Month 2014 Category in the sidebar.  Thanks for quilting along!

4 thoughts on “October Block of the Month

  1. Rosemary Martens

    I love your instructions and the block, not sure of the color combinations but it is pretty… You do a great job with the instructions.. I have hand quilted a couple twin and full size batik quilts,( can’t anymore, hands won’t let me) they are not easy to quilt… Good luck..

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