Bee Blessed January Block


By Judith on December 31, 2012
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We are almost there! 

As 2012 draws to a close our thoughts turn to 2013 – the hopes, dreams, resolutions and plans.

I’m not one for making New Years Resolutions, or planning too far ahead.  At the moment this Saturday is far enough ahead for me, and it is the first Bee Blessed meeting of 2013!

We are still gathering in Patchwork wheel (Hug) blocks for December, but if you are ready for a new block, then here it is:

The Ladder Strip Block
 

Ladder Strip Block Bee Blessed Jan13

This is another block designed by Sarah, and when put with more blocks in a rail fence formation, gives a wonderful Ladder Strip Quilt design.

We are planning on making these blocks into baby and children’s quilts, which will be donated to a local Mums & babies HIV unit.

If you fancy having a go at this simple block, please follow the tutorial below, and keep to bright, child friendly colours for your strips, and plain white borders.

Ladder Strip Block Tutorial:

For 1 x 12.5″ unfinished block you will need:

2.5″ x 8.5″ strips cut from 4 different fabrics (leftover Jelly Roll strips are great!)
2 x (2.5″ x 12.5″) white strips
2 x (2.5″ x 8.5″) white strips

Assume scant 1/4″ seams throughout.

1. Sew the 4 coloured strips together.  Press seams open.

2. Add the shorter white strips to the both sides of the coloured strips. Press seams open.

3. Add longer white strips to top and bottom & press seams away from centre.
4. Square block to 12.5″.

Thank you in advance of your support and donations to Bee Blessed.

Have a wonderful New Years’ Eve, and I’ll see you on the other side!