The fabrics pictured at right show the color range and the value changes from light to dark. The darkest at the top is the pure black that I am using for the background setting triangles.
Pattern ErrorsI am just going to begin this month's article by pointing out some rather big errors in the pattern for block six.
I had been really looking forward to making this block, as I think it is one of the prettiest in the quilt, and it is very scrappy, including many different fabrics. I had pre-cut all of my pieces as per the instructions and sat down to make the block. As I was assembling the different units and pieces, it became clear that the measurements for some of the pieces were wrong. Fortunately, some pieces are too large, and can just be cut down to the correct size, but some are really too small and will require re-cutting if you have already cut them out.
If the center checkerboard is assembled as called for in the pattern, after pressing, the 6 x 6 checkerboard will measure 6 1/2" square. After adding the 4 border strips and pressing, it should measure 8 1/2" square, not 9" square as stated in the pattern.
Do not be alarmed by this. Continue your assembly as the pattern indicates, only substituting the larger cut B pieces as your setting triangles. This will give you enough overhang to trim your finished blocks down to 12 1/2" square. (The other error I found was under the title of the block where it says "approximate size 12 1/2" x 12" finished - this should read 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished)
I guess I was a little disappointed that this pattern was not tested and proof read, but having written patterns myself, I know how easy it is to make a error and not see it. In any case, it should not cause you much trouble, and the block will come out fine.
Your next step is to assemble the corner units that will finish the block. The cutting directions of the rectangles used in these units is correct. Simply add a setting triangle (B) to each end of the rectangles, trim off the dogears, then sew the large rectangle to the smaller one, centering each piece with one another by folding in half and matching the center lines.
Trim block to 12 1/2" square.