Just Takes 2™ Schoolhouse Quilt – Block 3 + Pieced Border

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It’s time for the next block in the Just Takes 2 Schoolhouse Quilt. Today’s pattern also includes instructions for the pieced border used in the quilt. This will give you time to divide up the mundane task of making the same unit over and over and……….. 116 times to be exact!

Before we get to today’s block let’s take a look at how to make the pieced border unit.

You’ll need one of the red rectangles, a white square and a red print square.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white and red print squares from corner to corner.

With right sides together, match a white square to one end of the red rectangle.

Sew on the drawn diagonal line.

Press the square over to make a triangle.

Trim the bottom two pieces under the triangle leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Match a red print square to the opposite end of the rectangle and sew on the drawn line. Press and trim like you did on the white square.

There’s your first Flying Geese unit! One down…………… only 115 to go! Divide them up and do a few each time you make a block and that way they’ll be ready when your blocks are.

Here’s today’s block sewn inside Schoolhouse #2
I have to admit I really like this block and it’s fun to sew together. I’d like to try it in a scrap quilt, maybe 1930′s or Civil War reproduction prints. What do you think? It’s all rotary cut and machine sewn so you’ll have it together quickly.

There’s a lot of miles between Michigan and Texas but Brenda and I do a pretty good job of staying connected. I have a special treat for you today. This is one of Brenda’s blocks using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Isn’t it beautiful? She was thinking of changing her background to a deep green but I love the block just as it is and am waiting to see what the green fabric looks like before I cast my vote. Be sure to head over to Brenda’s Dear Jane web site and see her other blocks.

Just Takes 2™ Schoolhouse Quilt
Block 3 + Pieced Border – Click here

 

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5 Responses to “Just Takes 2™ Schoolhouse Quilt – Block 3 + Pieced Border”

  1. jaynect March 1, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I am doing mine in Civil War fabrics using a lot of blues.

  2. sophie March 1, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    The link for Brenda’s Dear Jane Site doesn’t seem to be working for me. It’s taking me to an unknown page on Sentimentalstitches.net.

  3. Gay March 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Thanks Sophie – not sure what went wrong but the link is fixed.

  4. Jacque Wright March 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Just started to work on these blocks today and already ran into a problem. I’m making version #2 of the schoolhouse and found that the background/chimney section doesn’t fit the roof – it’s too long. I’ve double checked all the measurements and everything is as called for. So I’m wasting both time and fabric. What’s the deal?

  5. Gay March 6, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    I think the problem may be in your seam allowances. Did you remember to add the 1/4″ seam allowance around the outside of K-L and M pieces when cutting your fabric? If not, that would make the roof area too small.
    If you did remember, then having an accurate 1/4″ seam may be the problem. I checked the measurements of the templates and the rotary cutting measurements. Both are correct on the pattern. The finished size distance across the top of the roof is 7 3/4″ (6″ across the roof, 3/4″ across the white divider strip and 1″ across the top of the gable). If you add together the finished size of the two chimney pieces and the white background between them it’s 7 3/4″ (1″ for first chimney, 5 3/4″ across the background and 1″ for second chimney). With three angled seams in the roof area it might be possible to lose enough within your seam allowances to make the top three pieces which are all straight seams appear too large. Let me know if you’re still having trouble and we’ll try to figure it out.

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