Block #3 - May - Grecian Square
The 3rd block is Grecian Square block. All blocks for this quilt are
12" x 12".
Fabric amounts and usage is shown on this page.
You will be making 8 of these blocks for the quilt.
For each block you will need 9 - 4.5" units:
1 unit square of Fabric 1(in center)
4 half square triangle units in Fabrics 3 & 6 in corners
4 vertical halved units in Fabrics 5 & 8
1. Cutting "just squares"
From Fabric 1 cut 8 - 4.5" x 4.5 " square for the centers.
The easiest way to do this is to cut a 4.5" strip across the width of the fabric and then cut the strip into squares. Each 40" strip will yield 8 squares, so you will need 1 strip. If you have wider fabric or narrower fabric your squares per strip will vary some.
Half Square Triangle Units - 32 total
Using 40" width fabric, cut 2 strips of Fabric 3 and 2 strips of Fabric 6 all 5" wide.
Cut these 5" strips into 16 squares of each fabric that are 5" x 5"
If your fabric is a little wider than 40" you may be able to get 8 - 5" squares out of your width. If you only get 7 of each, you will need to cut one extra 5" from each fabric. But DO NOT CUT AN ENTIRE STRIP that is 5".
You will have 16 squares each and you will make 32 - 4.5" Half Square Triangles from these. Trim your HSTs to be 4.5 x 4.5 inches as you did for Block #2 - Shoo Fly block.
[See the previous Block #2 for the Half Square Triangle sewing diagram if you need to review this.]
3. Vertical Halved Units - 32 total
The easiest way to make this is to strip piece them.
Using 40" width fabric, cut 4 strips of Fabric 5 and 4 strips of Fabric 8 all 2.5" wide across the fabric.
Sew 1 strip of each color to the other to make four 4.5" wide strips with half each color.
Press the seams flat in the center of the strips.
Now cut these 4 strips into 32 units, each 4.5 x 4.5"
You now have all the 4.5" units needed to assemble the 16 Grecian Square blocks.
Referring to the numbered block at the top of the page, lay your pieces out so that you can assemble the block in rows of 3 units each, press, then sew the 3 rows together.
With a quilter's square ruler, trim the blocks to be 12.5 inches x 12.5 inches.
You have finished Block Three.
I'd love to post some photos or scans of your blocks so far - email to me
at quilting -at- equilters.com. I'll post them linked to each Block instructions to see the progress.
copyright 2006 - Susan Druding
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