The October BOTM is the Ribbon Block. It has a fun pinwheel design that would be perfect for a tailgating quilt (or a Spring picnic quilt if you are more of a procrastinating quilter). It is a great block for beginners since it is made by combining a square and half square triangles.
Last month, we showed how to make two half square triangle squares at a time, but this month we will use the method for making 8 at a time.
All seam allowances are ¼”. The finished block will be 9” so that it will fit with all of your other Stash Builder Box Blocks of the Month.
Cut 1- 8 ¼” square from Fabric A. From Fabric B, cut 1-8 ¼” square and 1-3 ½” square.
1. Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on the wrong side of one of the 8 ¼” squares.
2. Place the marked block on top of the other 8 ¼” square.
3. Stitch a line ¼” from the line you drew. Do this on both sides of each line.
4. Place the 8 ¼” squares on a cutting mat and turn it so that the drawn lines form an “X.” Use a ruler to measure from the edge of the squares to the center point (4 ⅛”). Cut along the edge of the ruler.
5. Turn the squares 90 degrees and repeat step 4. You will now have 4 squares that measure 4 ⅛” x 4 ⅛”.
6. Cut along the drawn lines of each square to create 8 half square triangle (HST) squares.
7. Open each HST square and press to the dark side.
8. Trim to 3 ½”x 3 ½”.
9. Arrange the HST squares and the 3 ½” square you cut earlier according to the photo below.
10. Assemble the rows and press. Press the top and bottom rows toward the outside and the middle row to the inside so that the seams will nest.
11. Stitch the rows together. Press the block, and trim to 9”x9”.
You’ve now completed the Ribbon Block. Don’t forget to post photos of your completed blocks using #BOTMSBB and tag Stash Builder Box. Your block might just be featured!