Traditional Tuesday - Block 22

Jewel Box
Block 22 - Jewel Box
This block is so cute on point! With sashing and cornerstones it makes a very interesting quilt! Because it's still February, I chose a red calico and light blue to match one of the flowers in the calico.

Cutting:
From the red, cut:
  • 1 - 4 3/4" square
  • 2 - 2 3/8" squares*
From the blue, cut:
  • 6 - 2 3/8" squares*
*I like to make mine big and cut it down later for accuracy, so I cut these squares about 2 1/2"
The calico is from Barbara Brackman's Old-Fashioned Calico line. It works really well with this near-solid blue I found in my stash.

Here's the cut fabrics. Cut 4 of the blue squares in half on the diagonal. Make 4 - 2" unfinished HSTs from the remaining blue and red squares.

I found a neat new ruler from Quilt in a Day by Eleanor Burns. It allows you to trim the HST before pressing it open. You still have to trim the dogears when you're done, but it just seems easier to cut it before opening it.

Here's the 4 HSTs before trimming the dog ears. Why are they called dog ears, btw? My dog's ears don't look anything like this!
Now you can lay out the pieces to see how it will look.

Sew the 2 wing triangles to either side of the red triangle. Press to the wing triangles.
If you cut your pieces over-sized, trim them down. Be sure you leave 1/4" seam allowance at the point of the red triangle.
Sew the 4 pieced triangles to each side of the large square to finish your block. It will measure 6 1/2" unfinished.

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