Modern Monday - Block 45
Block 45 - MonumentI think it looks more like a birthday cake (which is more appropriate since today is my baby's 14th birthday!) but no, it's a block dating from the Victorian days - probably around President Garfield's death in 1881. On the traditional block, you would embroider the name of your deceased loved-one on the second row from the bottom. I chose this block because I attended the funeral of a good friend's father yesterday and I thought it was fitting to honor the day. He was a great man who I knew and respected all my life. Funny how we were just going to weddings and baby showers. Now we're going to funerals. Such is life.
|I chose my usual palate. I was going to use all prints on gray, but it really looked too busy so I threw in some solids to tone it all down. I think that was the right thing to do.|
- Cut strips about 2" wide from each colored fabric. They will stair-step in size so cut the longest one 6 1/2" or longer, then 5 1/2", 4 1/2", 3 1/2", 2 1/2" and 1 1/2".
- Cut the gray strips about 2" wide. Each row will need two strip each. These will also stair-step, but I cut them all about 4" long. They will be trimmed at the end, so exact length doesn't matter. I love that about these blocks! If I were make 20 of them, I'd measure them out to save some time, but for one it doesn't matter so much.
|Lay out your strips as shown. You can start to see where we're going with this...|
|Sew the gray strips in between the colored strips. Press.|
|When done trimming your wedges, sew them into rows and trim to 6 1/2".|