2017 Stash Bee For January…

Welcome to 2017! I hope you had a nice New Year celebration, however you rang in the New Year. I’m very excited to start my second year of the Stash Bee as a Hive Mama for Hive 4. That means that I get to share my tutorial in January. Let’s get to my block. I’ve seen this block done as a 12″ or 14″ block but the math was a hassle. To simplify things I upsized the block to 16″ finished.

Fabric Requirements – This is a chance to use up your scrappy scraps. The only thing I ask is that you not use civil war fabrics as they run more brown than I want. For the low volume pieces it’s ok if the low volume pieces have color in them as long as the read dominantly white, gray or off white.

Cutting Directions

Fabric A  40 – 2.5″ x 2.5″ scrappy squares

Fabric 2 – 4.5″ x 4.5″ low volume squares

Fabric C 2 – 4.5″ x 8.5″ low volume rectangles

img_4336Piecing Directions: use a 1/4″ seam allowance

1. Using Fabric A squares, layout 4 – 2.5″ squares, to create a 4 patch square. Sew rows together. Repeat so you have 2 – 4 patch squares.

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2. Sew 1 Fabric B square to a 4 patch from step 1. Repeat so you have 2.

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3. Sew 1 Fabric C rectangle to the unit from step 2. This unit should be 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Repeat so you have 2.

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4.  Using the rest of the Fabric A squares, layout 16 – 2.5″ squares, to create a 16 patch block. Sew rows together. This unit should be 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Repeat so you have 2 -16 patch squares.

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5. Layout the units as shown in the photo. Sew rows together.

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6. Sew the last seam to finish the block. The block should measure 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″.

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