June 5, 2012

Block 36 - Traditional Tuesday

4-H
Block 36 - 4-H
This 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.

For June I'm going with pretty bright pastels/florals. (I know there's only one floral in this block, but I can take liberties with my own rules, right?!) You'll need 4 prints and 4 coordinating solids if you want a mix like this block. Or you can pick just 2 colors with enough contrast for the letter to stand out. Traditional 4-H club quilts are green and white.
Cutting:
  • 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.
Here's some links to see other 4-H blocks:
Old one with a different setting.
Multicolored one. Very nice.
And one last sort of traditional block. It's green at least!

3 comments:

  1. Very interesting post about 4-H quilts. I was in Girl Scouts rather than 4-H. Are you doing a whole quilt like this? Have a super day!

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  2. I was in 4-H but this is the first I have heard of this quilt. They must have had a thing about using towels in their projects as my first project was a picnic utensil roll up made with a hand towel and washcloth. Actually it was kind of a clever idea but I don't know what happened to mine and don't think I ever used it.

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