Modern Monday - Block 47

Block 47 - Lantern
This will be the last one of the realistic blocks (for a while anyhow). It's really rather an odd block when you think about it. I'm sure it's supposed to be Asian in inspiration, but I'm not sure I'd make a whole quilt of it. If you look in BB's book on patterns, there are lots of variations. So at some point in our quilting history, women liked this block!

I went with a print, a coordinating orange solid, light gray and dark gray (which looks black, but it's really not quite).
From the light gray, cut:
  • 1 - 3" square, cut in half on the diagonal
  • 2 - 2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
  • 4 - 2" x 1 1/4" rectangles
  • 4 - 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
From the dark gray, cut 2 - 2" x 1 1/4" rectangles
From the orange, cut 1 - 2" x 5 1/2" rectangle
From the print, cut 2 - 2" x 5 1/2" rectangles

Lay out the pieces as shown. The background light grays are cut longer than necessary for squaring up at the end.
First sew the light gray rectangles to either side of both dark gray and the center solid orange. Press.
For the print rectangles, we need to sew the light gray rectangles on at an angle. Rather than dealing with templates, we're going to wing it. Lay your print rectangle next to your center solid orange strip. I wanted to make sure the angle starts roughly where the light gray meets the solid orange. This really doesn't matter at all and you can make the angle as steep or as shallow as you want. (Tomorrow we'll deal with getting those angles to line up precisely.) Determine the angle you want and finger press it back.
Make sure the light gray will form a straight strip after sewn by auditioning it. This can get tricky because we're working with odd angles. Just keep messing with it until you get what you want.
Once you have it, open up the light gray...
...and pin. Sew on the pressed line and trim away the back side to 1/4" inch.
Repeat with the other side. I wanted the angles on each strip to be roughly the same, so I did a mirror image of the angle on the other side. Repeat with the second print rectangle and gray rectangles.
Sew the three middle rows together making sure the angles are facing the right direction to give the illusion of the lantern body.
Sew the triangles to the dark gray strips. Finger press to find the centers of both pieces.
Line up the finger pressed marks both pieces so it is reasonably centered when sewn. Sew the two together. Press. Join these to units to either side of the body of the lantern. Press.
Trim to 6 1/2". There may be a bit of wiggle room to square it up wonky if you like.
Because the edges are all bias, I went ahead and sewed the sashing strips on around the block to stabilize it. If you aren't going to add your sashing yet, I'd stay-stitch around the block to keep it from stretching.


  1. I've been in Colorado for 6 weeks - still have 5 weeks to go - and can't wait to get back home and get caught up on all the blocks!


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