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quilt block with dog applique
     2010 BOM:
   9-Patch Frolic



Each block in this BOM is based on a 3x3 grid or 9 patches.  Most blocks are comprised of squares, half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles.   An appliqued dog is featured with each block, but is optional.  Each block will be shown in at least two colorways.  You will need five color values: very light, light, medium, medium dark and dark.  If you choose to do the doggy silhouettes, make sure your dark fabrics will contrast with your chosen applique fabric. I'm using a very dark blue for silhouettes.  I will be doing 6" blocks because they're easy to scan, but I'm providing instructions for 9"and 12" blocks.
Unless otherwise stated, use a 1/4" seam allowance.


fabric selection in blues
My choice of fabrics for this BOM - the darkest value is for the appliqued dog silhouettes.

Fabric Requirements

Fabric
9" blocks
12" and 15" blocks
Light:

Medium A:

Medium B:
Option: purchase 1/2 yard & use it more than I did

Dark:
1 yard

1 yard

1/4 yard



1/2 yard
1-2/3 yard

1-1/4 yard

1/4 yard



2/3 yard


Past Blocks:
January:
Kindergarten Block
Kindergarten Block with puppy applique
block pdf
applique pdf
February:
9-Patch Star
9-Patch Star block with puppy applique
block pdf  (updated 2/19)
  applique pdf
March:
Hourglass 1
Hourglass quilt block with applique dog
block pdf  (updated 3/12)
applique pdf

April:
Prairie Queen
Prairie Queen quilt block with dog applique
block pdf 
applique pdf
May:
Twin Star
Twin Star block with dog applique
block pdf
applique pdf
June:
Star Variation
Star Variation quilt block with puppy applique
block pdf
applique pdf

July:
Waterwheel
waterwheel quilt block with dog applique
block pdf
applique pdf

August:
Double Monkey Wrench
Double Monkey Wrench quilt block
block pdf
applique pdf
September:
Linoleum
Linoleum quilt block with dog applique
block pdf
applique pdf
October:
Contrary Housewife
Contrary Housewife quilt block with dog applique
block pdf
applique pdf

November:
Four Crowns
Four Crowns quilt block with dog applique
block pdf
applique pdf
December:
Dublin Steps
Dublin Steps quilt block with applique dog
block pdf
applique pdf


9-Patch Frolic in Miniature Blocks

Most of the blocks for this BOM can be made as 3-inch blocks fairly easily by using method 4 for making the HSTs.  I decided to give it a try using leftovers of Christmas fabrics.  (The penny is in the picture to show how small these blocks are.)   If you'd like to try making a miniature of this BOM, the cutting sizes for 3-inch blocks are listed on the pdf for each block.  The applique dog silhouettes would be too small and intricate at this size, so I'm looking for buttons to adorn the border or the cornerstones (or maybe both!) of this little quilt when it's finished.  I'll post a photo when it's done.
January:
Kindergarten Block
Kindergarten Block mini
block pdf

February:
9-Patch Star
9-Patch Star mini
block pdf

March:
Hourglass 1
mini Hourglass 1 quilt block
block pdf
April:
Prairie Queen
mini Prairie Queen quilt block
block pdf

May:
Twin Star
Twin Star mini block
block pdf
June:
Star Variation
mini Star Variation quilt block
block pdf

July:
Waterwheel
mini waterwheel quilt block
block pdf

August:
Double Monkey Wrench
mini Double Monkey Wrench quilt block
block pdf

September:
Linoleum
Linoleum quilt block 3" mini
block pdf

October:
Contrary Wife
mini Contrary Wife quilt block
block pdf

November:
Four Crowns
Four Crowns mini quilt block
block pdf
December:
Dublin Steps
Dublin Steps mini quilt block
block pdf 
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Making Half-Square Triangles (HSTs)
half-square triangle unit
This BOM uses lots of HSTs!  Below are directions for three popular methods for making these units.  My cutting instructions call for squares large enough for methods A and B.  Method C uses squares that are 1/2 inch smaller - if you prefer this method just cut your squares 1/2 inch smaller (for example, 3.5" instead of 4").  You will be sewing on the bias with any method - be careful not to stretch the fabric as you sew.

Method A
1. Draw a diagonal line on the back side of the light fabric squares.
2. Sew 1/4" from each side of drawn line.
3. Cut on drawn line.
4. Open and press.
5. Trim to exact size needed.

  Method B
1. Cut the squares in half diagonally.
2. Stack 2 triangles right sides together.
3. Sew on long side 1/4" from edge.
4. Open and press.
5. Trim to exact size needed.

 Method C
This method gives you a small bonus HST for every regular size HST made.  The drawback is that there is no margin of error so you must cut and sew accurately.  The pinked edges on most "jelly roll" strips fray and make this more challenging, but it's not impossible.  (Note: measure width of jelly roll strip from pinked tip to pinked tip, not from dip to dip.)

1. Cut your squares the desired size of the unfinished HST required.  If you need 2.5" unfinished HSTs, cut 2.5" squares.

step 1
2. Draw a diagonal line on the back side of the lighter square.  Draw another line 1/2" from the first.

step 2
3. Sew on each line.

step 3
4. Cut halfway between the two lines of stitching.

step 4
5. Press open.  Trim small bonus HST to desired size.

Method D
This method makes 8 HSTs with just 4 lines of stitching.  It's a great method to use when making miniature blocks.

1.  Cut squares twice the size needed for methods A and B.

2.  Draw 2 diagonal lines on the back side of the lightest color square.
sew on both sides of diagonal lines
3.  With right sides together, stitch 1/4 inch from both sides of both lines.
cut vertically and horizontally
4.  Cut in half vertically and horizontally.
cut each small square in half diagonally
5.  Cut each small square in half diagonally.  Press each unit open and trim to desired size.


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