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Jan 4, 2013

Sisters' Ten Modern BOM January Block: Grandmother's Frame

Jan 4, 2013
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Welcome to the first block of the Sisters' Ten Modern Block of the Month Club!  We're getting started with a great block called Grandmother's Frame.  It has a large center square that is perfect for fussy cutting a larger print if you like.

{Sisters' Ten BOM will post new blocks the first Friday of the month in 2013.  Feel free to join in the fun with us anytime throughout the year.  For all things Sisters' Ten, go here.}

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title Sisters' Ten Jan

Cutting Instructions.

For 12" blocks.
  • Cut (4) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares of Fabric A (background).
  • Cut (4) 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" squares of Fabric A (background).
  • Cut (2) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares of Fabric B.
  • Cut (2) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares of Fabric C.
  • Cut (4) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares of Fabric E.
  • Cut (1) 7 3/4" 7 3/4" square of Fabric D.  (fussy cut if desired)
To fussy cut is to target and cut a specific motif that's printed on fabric, rather than randomly cutting yardage as we normally do.  From About.com.
Jan Sisters Ten BOM 1

For 9" blocks.
  • Cut (4) 3" x 3" squares of Fabric A (background).
  • Cut (4) 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" squares of Fabric A (background).
  • Cut (2) 3" x 3" squares of Fabric B.
  • Cut (2) 3" x 3" squares of Fabric C.
  • Cut (4) 3" x 3" squares of Fabric E.
  • Cut (1) 5 7/8" 5 7/8" square of Fabric D.  (fussy cut if desired)
To fussy cut is to target and cut a specific motif that's printed on fabric, rather than randomly cutting yardage as we normally do.  From About.com.

Piecing Instructions.

1.  Make Half-Square Triangle (HST) units with Fabric A and Fabric E.  Use the (4) larger Fabric A squares and the (4) Fabric E squares to make (8) total Half-Square Triangle units using the method in this tutorial.  The HSTs should be trimmed down to:
                      12" blocks:  2 7/8" (unfinished size).
                        9" blocks:  2 1/4" (unfinished size).

2.  Make Half-Square Triangle (HST) units with Fabric B and Fabric C.  Use the (2) Fabric B squares and the (2) Fabric C squares to make (4) total Half-Square Triangle units using the method in this tutorial.  The HSTs should be trimmed down to: 

                      12" blocks:  2 7/8" (unfinished size).
                        9" blocks: 2 1/4" (unfinished size).

3.  Layout the Half-Square Triangle Units, remaining Fabric A squares and Fabric D square as shown below.
Sisters' Ten Jan sketch

4.  Sew the rows on the left and right sides of the large Fabric D center square together.

Jan Sisters Ten BOM 3

5.   Sew the rows from step 4 to the left and right sides of the Fabric D square.  Next sew the top and bottom rows together.
Jan Sisters Ten BOM 4
6.   Sew the top and bottom rows to the center section.  And you're done!
Sisters Ten BOM January
7.   Make (2) blocks.  They may be identical blocks or made from differing fabrics for a scrappier look.

Jan Sisters Ten BOM Block #2 Sisters Ten BOM January
Fabric is Alison Glass for Andover, Lucky Penny with background Quilter's Linen in Straw by Robert Kaufman.

Please add your blocks to the flickr group for Sisters' Ten when you get a chance.  We'd love to see them!
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17 comments:

  1. Your blocks look fantastic! Can't wait to get started on this!

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  2. It sounds like you are using fat quarters for the whole year of blocks. Are you making 9" or 12" blocks? Would one standard-sized FQ bundle be enough fabric for the whole year? Love this BOM! Thanks!

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    1. I am making the 12" blocks. The fabric requirements based on what size block you want to make are given in the Details post - http://www.genxquilters.com/2012/12/sisters-ten-bom-details.html

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  3. This is exciting, my first block of the month!
    Just so I'm clear, do your measurements for each cut include all of the 1/4 inch seams necessary?

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    1. Yay for 1st BOMs! Yes, the instructions already include the seam allowances. Cut your fabric according to the dimensions I have given for either the 9" or 12" block.

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  4. Your block looks gorgeous and the tutorial is easy to follow.Thanks.Can´t wait to started.

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  5. Do you think this could be done with a Layer Cake if I use all 40 pieces?

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    1. Thanks for asking. Unfortunately, I would not recommend using a layer cake for this project unless you want a VERY scrappy look. The 10" squares of layer cakes do not have enough of each print if you need several HSTs, for example. If you don't mind scrappiness, you could give it a try - but I would suggest picking up a couple extra fat quarters to supplement with when needed. You may have more luck this route if you are making the 9" blocks.

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  6. Love the fussy cut centers! They look great.

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  7. Looking great, just waiting impatiently for my fabric to arrive in the mail. Come on Mr. Postman!

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  8. ok this may be a stupid question but I went to the fussy cut link and it says to add the 1/4 in seam allowance to what you are cutting out. Do we add the 1/4 inch to your instructions or is that figured in? Just want to make sure.

    Thanks.

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    1. The link is just there to reference where I found the definition of fussy cut. The seam allowance is already in there - DO NOT add a quarter inch. Great questions everyone!

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  9. I did it! I used a framed charm for the center, but I otherwise followed the directions. My seams were a tad too large, though, and the block ended up closer to 12" than 12.5". Next time I'll try skinnier seam allowances.

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  10. Is anybody else having problem with center block being too large?? When I do the math I can't make 2and 7/8 times 3 equal 7 and 3/4??

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    1. There is some rounding in the software with the math to avoid working with sixteenths and thirty-seconds of an inch. The details are here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/ladiesartcomodernbom/discuss/72157632456900000/

      I would ease it in and then the sashing will help make up the slight difference. Hope this helps!

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  11. that looks so fun. i might have to start doing the block of the month! thanks for the inspiration.

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