Block 36 - 4-HThis block is a staple of 4-H clubs across the country. In my town, a 4-H quilt hangs at the meeting hall and all the pictures of the kids with their awards are taken standing in front of it. I like seeing those photos in the local paper.
I was in 4-H when I was a girl, but I don't remember much about it. I was more into sports. I do remember the meetings were held in an old one-room school house that has since been demolished. And I know I took a sewing class. Our project was to make a bathing suit cover-up out of bath towels. I wore mine in the fashion show and never wore it again! And there were some cooking classes - those didn't "take"! There may have been some stained glass somewhere in there too.
In addition to 4-H, this is a great wedding quilt if your initial happens to be "H." My grandmother-in-law received a 4-H quilt as a wedding present back in the early part of the 1900s. I've never seen it. I'm sure it was used up.
- From each of the prints, cut 2 - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" strips AND 1 - 1 1/2" square.
- From each of the solids, cut 2 - 1 1/2" squares
|Here's the strips and squares laid out into the 4 letters.|
|And here's a close-up of one of the letters.|
|It's very easy to piece the letters. First sew the two solid squares to either side of the print square. Press to the dark.|
|The join this pieced strip to one print strip.|
|And join the other print strip to the other side. Pres to the print strips.|
|Repeat to make 4 blocks and sew together like a four-patch block being careful to turn two of the letters on their side as shown. It will be 6 1/2" when finished.|
Old one with a different setting.
Multicolored one. Very nice.
And one last sort of traditional block. It's green at least!