Sunday, September 1, 2019

September's Block for the Garden Sunshine BOM
Happy September! The leaves are just starting to change here in Minnesota. The evenings are getting cooler and I'm enjoying having the windows open to let the cool breeze in. It's hard to believe that summer is over and it's Labor Day Weekend. All of the kiddos are back to school on Tuesday. I'll enjoy telling the time by when the school buses drive by my house again. It's also the last weekend of the Minnesota State Fair. I think hubby and I are going to try to fit that in this weekend. I'm looking forward to my pork chop on a stick and some ooey gooey cheese curds and a bucket of Sweet Martha's Cookies. A friend of mine won a few ribbons for her quilts. I'm thrilled for her and want to go see them. One of them I saw while it was in process so it'll be fun to see it finished with it's blue ribbon! Sew exciting!!

This month's block will be easy compared to last month's sunshine block. It's a pieced block named 'Square and a Half'. It's a traditional block and reminds me on a scrappy quilt I might have seen on one of grandma's beds. I made my block purple, with a white background and accents of yellow and green with a red star. You can have fun with it and make it any color.
These are the fabrics I'm using for my block this month.

Following the directions on the pattern sheet cut all of your pieces out. Please note- in the directions I'm having you cut white rectangles instead of the trapezoid shape I've got and purple squares. So please disregard what is pictured for those pieces. I decided to use a different technique for those shapes that would be easier to achieve for the beginner quilter.

 It is helpful to lay the pieces out as they will be sewn in the block while stitching along.
 • Sew red triangle C and yellow triangle C together along the right angle side, right side sides together. Press. Make 4. 
• Sew red triangle C and purple triangle C together along the right angle side, right sides together. Press. Make 4.

• Sew the C pieced triangles together to form an hour glass block.

• Following the diagram and picture of the block, sew the D and pieced C (hour glass blocks) together to form the center star of the block.

• Sew the purple triangle A and green triangle A along the diagonal edge right sides together. Press. • Draw a diagonal line corner to corner on the ‘A’ squares. Then line up the A square and B rectangle  right sides together and sew corner to corner on the line. Trim away the excess fabric. Press. Repeat on the other end to form an A/B rectangle. Then sew the remainder of the block together. Finished size is 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" (with seam allowance).

~Square and a Half~

The monthly FREE pattern will be available on my website. I have a special 2019 BOM section on my website. Each month the FREE pattern will be posted. But as soon as the new section or block is out the old block pattern will no longer be a freebie. But it will still be available for a small fee on my website or in my Etsy shop. If you want to share your finished blocks, feel free to post them on Facebook Group (Quilt Doodle Designs Garden Sunshine BOM 2019) and tag me or post them on Instagram tag Quilt Doodle Designs. I love to see everyone's progress as we stitch along together. 
As a reminder... if someone asks for the PDF or where it is on the Facebook group, please do not post the PDF directly onto the site. I appreciate you referring them to my website or to the blog. Thank you!

 Hope you are having a great day, remember August's block is no longer FREE. It can be found in my ETSY shop and also on the Quilt Doodle Website for a small fee. To get this month's block, head on over to Quilt Doodle Designs... remember this block is only available this month as a FREE PDF download. 

Happy Quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere


  1. Thank you Cindy. I hope you enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

  2. Another fun block - thank you so much for such wonderful designs and sharing them
    with the quilters out in the world...

  3. Cindy, Thank you. I love your designs. Have a fun and restful weekend. Happy Labor Day.

  4. In the directions - you say what to cut from yellow- red & background, but the first section of cutting doesn't say what colors.

  5. Thank you for a great star block! It will be useful in many projects, and goes well in the BOM, too.