Bright Hope Block
Block of the Month - 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" block (unfinished)

The bright hope block is an easy block to make. It is made up of 4 identical units. You will need 3 different red fabrics to complete this block. The center one light, the next medium red and the last dark red.

Follow the chart below for cutting instructions.

Size

Shape

Fabric

2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Cut 4 Squares

White with some Red in it

2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

Cut 8 Rectangles

Medium Red

2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

Cut 8 Rectangles

Dark Red

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Instructions:

1. Starting at the center sew the light red square to one of the rectangles. Continue sewing pieces around the square in the log cabin method, alternating medium and dark red fabric.

2. Repeat three more times.

3. When the fourth rectangle has been added, sew the seam from the first rectangle.

4. Join the four 6 1/2" blocks together to form the block.

Your completed block will measure 12 1/2" square.

For those that want to simplify the construction of this block then I would suggest cutting out your fabric so that you had 12 squares and 14 rectangles. First you would sew two of the squares together as you would when making a log cabin block Next add two rectangles - one on the top and then one on the side. Finally sew the last rectangle and square together and sew onto the block. I hope that makes sense!

This is a BOM that I haven't used yet. I designed it after seeing a similar block used within a quilt. This quilt was designed as a gift for someone under going grueling recovery post surgery - from what I can't quite remember.

The idea of making a quilt for some one in their hour of need and offering encouragement as well as being practical certainly appealed to me.


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