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Tonganoxie 9-Patch quilt block
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       2011 BOM:
  Home on the Range



This year's BOM has a cowboy theme.  Each pieced block in this BOM is based on a 7-patch (or 49-patch) grid.  Most blocks are comprised of squares and half-square triangles.   A cowboy themed applique design will be featured with each block, along with a Cowboy Code of Conduct that can be embroidered or printed with a permanent ink pen.  These designs can be used to embellish the pieced blocks or as quilting stencils or alone on a plain (or plaid or bandana) fabric background to make a simple child's quilt.  I will be doing quilt-as-you-go blocks and willl use these designs as quilt stencils. 

For the pieced blocks, you will need a minimum of four color values: very light, light medium, dark medium and dark.  If you choose to do the cowboy themed designs, make sure your dark fabric will contrast with your chosen applique fabric. I'm using a range of primary school colors (think of a box of crayons) and rope colored thread for machine quilting.  This BOM works well with scraps if you keep a sharp contrast between your lights, mediums and darks.  

You will have a choice of making 7", 14" or 21" blocks.  I will be making 7" blocks because they're easy to scan, but I recommend the larger sizes unless you really, really love working with 1" squares and 1" half-square triangle units.  Warning: there are lots of half-square triangle units in this BOM -- many blocks have 16 and one block has a whopping 28!

Unless otherwise stated, use a 1/4" seam allowance.

Note: Since I haven't had much experience with quilt-as-you-go methods with large items, I rushed to Wal-mart one night and bought some inexpensive fabrics to test things out before using my more expensive fabrics.  This is why you'll see similar but not quite alike blocks.  The Wal-mart blocks also better match the Electric Quilt blocks; the Connecting Threads blocks will show a more scrappy look with different colors used for the mediums and dark values.

my fabrics for cowboy bom

My choice of fabrics for this BOM is the Elementary fabric pack from Connecting Threads

  Tonganoxie Nine-Patch original coloring
This is the traditional colorway for block #2.  As you can see from the images below, I changed the coloring quite a bit to get more colors in the block.  I've done this with several of the blocks in this BOM.  You have the option of using the traditional colorways in your project.
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                 Bucking Bronco quilt block                   
The Twelfth Block: Bucking Bronco

This is an original block design - please respect the copyright law.
The name Bucking Bronco rather fits this wild block, don't you think?  As I started to cut the pieces for this block, I saw a way to redraft it and reduce the number of pieces (and seams!), so now it only has 65 pieces instead of  73.  Whew!  The many seams does make this block a bit challenging when it comes to deciding which way to press the seams.  If you like to press your seams open, you won't need to worry about it.  In other ways, this block makes a great final block because it reviews so many of the techniques we've been using throughout this BOM: half-square triangle units, flying geese units, 4-patch units and the Bear Paw method of assembling the block.  So, take a deep breath, relax, focus on one step at a time and you'll have this block completed before you know it!

You can make a hundred thousand dozen of these blocks to make quilts, table runners, tote bags, aprons, etc.  And you can draw them in your Electric Quilt or Quilt Pro software for your personal use only - just give me credit as the designer (for example,  The Cowboy Block designed by Sandy Harris, 2010.)   But by law you can't publish my designs or market them as a pattern (for free or $$) without my permission.

Cutting Requirements

Color & amount
7" block
14" block
21" block
Color A (very light)
     12
     4
Color B (light)
     12
Color C (medium)
     4
    
Color D (medium)
     1
     2
Color E (dark)
     8
     4
Color F (very dark)
     4
     2

1.5" x 1.5"
2" x 2"

1.5" x 1.5"

1.5" x 1.5"


1.5" x 1.5"
  2" x 2"

1.5" x 2.5"
2" x 2"

1.5" x 2.5"
2" x 2"

2.5" x 2.5"
3" x 3"

2.5" x 2.5"

  2.5" x 2.5"
 

  2.5" x 2.5"
3" x 3"

2.5" x 4.5"
3" x 3"

2.5" x 4.5"
3" x 3"

3.5" 3.5"
4" x 4"

3.5" x 3.5"

3.5" x 3.5"
 

  3.5" x 3.5"
4" x 4"

3.5" x 6.5"
4" x 4"

3.5" x 6.5"
4" x 4"

Directions for Assembling the Block
(scroll down for links to pdf files)
Step 1:  Preliminary Marking
Draw diagonal lines on the back sides of the following:
8 small color A squares
4 larger color A squares
8 color B squares
2 larger color D squares

    

  
Note:
Photos below were taken before pieces were pressed,
so some look a bit wonky!

Step 2:  Half-Square Triangle Units

Match the 4 larger color A squares with same size color E squares, right sides together.  Sew 1/4 inch from drawn line on each side of line.  Cut apart on draw line.

Match the 2 larger size color D squares with same size color F squares, right sides together.  Sew 1/4 inch from drawn line on each side of line.  Cut apart on drawn line.

Press seams on all units toward the darker color. 

Trim to size needed (same as the smallest squares in the cutting chart for your block size).


  
make HST's in 2 color combinations
   
 half-square triangle unit
  Make 8 color A/E combos and 4 color D/F combos.

Step 3:  4-Patch Units

A)  Using the 8 color A/E HST units, sew 4 to color C squares and 4 to color A squares as shown at right.
Press seams toward the squares.

B)  Sew one of each color combo together to make 4-patch units. 
Press seams toward the side with the color C square.

Trim if needed.

    sew HSTs to squares of same size
   Make 4 of each color combo.

sew previous units into 4-patch units
  Make 4.

Step 4:  Flying Geese Units
Here's another way to to do these units so that you end up with half of them being mirror images of the other half:

A)  Referring to photo, place 4 color A squares (the ones with lines drawn on the back) on 4 color E rectangles so that the lines point to top left.  Place 4 color B squares (the ones with lines drawn on the back) on the other 4 color E rectangles, lines pointing the same way. 

Sew on the diagonal lines.  Trim 1/4 inch from stitching line.  Press seams toward triangles.

B)  Referring to photo, place remaining color A and B squares on opposite end of rectangles using different color than used before (color A with color B).  Sew on diagonal line.  Trim 1/4 inch from stitching.  Press seams toward triangles.
 A) sew squares to rectangles on diagonal line
  Make 4 of color A and 4 of color B. 
Sorry - my color A and B look much the same on the back side of the fabric.


B)sew squares to opposite end of rectangles
  Make 4 of each color combo.

finished flying geese units
Completed Flying Geese Units - 4 of each needed.

Step 5:   Paw Units

A)  Referring to photo, sew Flying Geese units to one side of 4-Patch units.  Make sure color B triangle is near color C square.

Press seam toward Flying Geese unit.


B)  Referring to photo for placement, sew color D/F HST units to remaining Flying Geese units.  Make sure color D triangle is next to color B triangle and that together they do not make a pyramid.
(Check my blog to see  what can happen if you don't double-check!)
Press seam toward Flying Geese unit.

C)  Sew the 5b units to the 5a units. 
Press seam toward thr 4-Patch.
  sew flying geese unit to 4-patch unit
   Make 4.
  
  sew color D/F HSTs to remaining flying geese units
   Make 4.

sew 5b unit to 5a unit
Make 4.

Step 6:  Sashing Strips

Sew the remaining small color B squares to the color F rectangles.

Press seams toward color B.
  sew color B squares to color F rectangles
  Make 4.

Step 7:

Referring to the photo, sew sashing strips to 2 of the Paw units.

Press seam toward the sashing unit.
 

  sew a sashing strip to 2 paw units
  Make 2.

Step 8: 

Sew remaining Paw units to units made in Step 7.

Press seam toward sashing unit.


The top and bottom rows are now finished.
   sew another paw unit to previous units
  
   Make 2.

Step 9:  Center Sashing Strip

A)  Sew color D square to color B end of one sashing strip.

Press seam toward color B.

B)  Sew the remaining sashing strip to  color D of the unit from step A.

Press seam toward color B.
   sew color D square to one sashing strip
   Make 1.
    
     sew remaining sashing strip to unit from previous step
    Make 1.

Step 10:

Sew the center sashing strip to the top row.
 
   sew center sashing  strip to top row
 
  
Step 11:

Sew the bottom row to the center sashing strip.

Press newest seams toward center sashing strip.

Press finished block and trim to square if needed.



 
     Bucking Bronco quilt block

    Hmm, maybe I'll try it with a red center next time.   

  

Past Blocks:
1
Bear's Paw quilt block
Bear's Paw
pdf file

cowboy boot applique pattern
Cowboy Boot
pdf file
go to my blog to see how I used the boot pattern
2
Tonganoxie 9-Patch quilt block
Tonganoxie 9-Patch
pdf file

cowboy shirt applique
Cowboy Shirt
pdf file
outline drawings can be used as quilting stencils
3
Girl Next Door quilt block
Girl Next Door
temporary pdf file

bandana applique
Cowboy Bandana
pdf file
4
Best Friens quilt block
Best Friends
temporary pdf

horse head applique
Horse's Head
pdf
5
Texas Two-Step quilt block
Texas Two-Step
pdf 
(Thanks, Cathy!)
horseshoe quilt block
Horseshoe
pdf

6
Roundup quilt block
Roundup (original)
pdf

chaps applique pattern
Chaps
pdf

7
Cowboy Star quilt block
Cowboy Star (original)
pdf

circle star applique pattern
Circle Star Brand
pdf

8
Pink Magnolia quilt block
Pink Magnolia
pdf

cowgirl outfit quilt block
Cowgirl Outfit
pdf
9
Old Fashioned Quilt pieced block
Old Fashioned Quilt

pdf

saddle applique pattern
Saddle
pdf

10
Montana Maze or Mountain Maze quilt block
Montana Maze
aka Mountain Maze
pdf

spurs
Spurs
pdf

11
The Cowboy Block quilt block
The Cowboy Block
pdf


cowboy hat applique pattern
Cowboy Hat
pdf

12
Bucking Bronco quilt block
Bucking Bronco
pdf


belt applique pattern
Cowboy Belt
pdf


Extra! Extra!

There are two more applique/stencil patterns!  One is a linear design for using in sashing and borders; the other is just a bit of fun for quilters.

longhorn steer applique
Longhorn Steer
pdf

quilters' brand applique
Quilters' Brand
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.
draw diagonal lines on back side of fabrric
2.  Draw 2 diagonal lines on the back side of the lightest color square.

sew 1/4 inch from diagonal lines
3.  With right sides together, stitch 1/4 inch from both sides of both lines.
 
4.  Cut in half vertically and horizontally.
 cut in fourths, then cut each fourth in half between stitched lines
5.  Cut each small square in half diagonally.  Press each unit open and trim to desired size.

(hmm, white doesn't show up that well...new images with colored fabric or thread are coming.)


background graphic by Lisa's Country Clipart
                                                                   
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