Free Block of the Month Quilt Pattern 2006
9 Patch blocks - 9 Months - 9 Blocks

designed by Susan Druding for & QFaD

Block #5 - July - Contrary Wife

The 5th block is Contrary Wife. All blocks for this quilt are 12" x 12".
Fabric amounts and usage is shown on this page.

You will be making 4 of these blocks for the quilt.

This is a block that can easily be made with just plain squares and 4 Half-Square Triangles (HSTs).  Since the HSTs are all the same color combinations, the blocks will go together quickly.

For each block you will need 9 - 4.5" units:
(the numbers in the block indicate the fabric numbers)
 5 unit squares 4.5" solid fabrics: 2 in Fabric #1, 3 in Fabric #4
 4 half square triangle units in Fabrics 6 & 10

You will be making 4 blocks so all units will be multiplied by 4.
1. Cutting "just squares" for the 4 blocks
From Fabric #1 - cut 8, Fabric #4 - cut 12  all 4.5" x 4.5 " squares


2. Half Square Triangle Units - 16 total
Using 40" width fabric, cut 1 strip of Fabric 6 and 1 strip of Fabric 10 all 5" wide.
Cut these 5" strips into 8 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 8 squares each and you will make 16 - 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 earlier Block #2 for the Half Square Triangle sewing diagram if you need to review this.]

You now have all the 4.5" units needed to assemble the 4 Contrary Wife 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 Five.

Block One is here

Block Two is here

Block Three is here

Block Four is here

I'd love to post some photos or scans of your blocks so far - email to me
at quilting -at- I'll post them linked to each Block instructions to see the progress.

Happy Quilting,


copyright 2006 - Susan Druding


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