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Friday, March 30, 2012

Pocket Patchwork ~ Busy Work ~ Part One

Welcome to the first ever Pocket Patchwork sew-a-long project!  I've named our little quilt Busy Work, because the Prairie Women tucked their bits and pieces of fabric into the pockets they wore under their skirts, where they'd have some stitchin'...busy work... handy while they sat and chatted with their friends.

Here's some stuff you need to know.  We'll work on our quilt over six weeks and I'll post instructions once a week.  Hopefully, that will be do-able for you.  I'm making my quilt from three colors ~ black, brown and neutral, and it's scrappy.   The blocks finish to 6".  I'll give cutting instructions with a photo of the block assembly and of the finished block. 

Here we go........

Cutting Instructions

*Cut (4) 2 1/2 inch black squares for corners.
*Cut (2) 3 1/4 inch light squares - crosscut twice on diagonal for Quarter Square Triangles.
*Cut (1) 3 1/4 inch black square - crosscut twice on diagonal for Quarter Square Triangles.
*Cut (1) 3 1/4 inch brown square - crosscut twice on diagonal for Quarter Square Triangles.
*Cut (2) 1 7/8 inch black print squares for Half Square Triangles - Pinwheel.
*Cut (2) 1 7/8 inch light print squares for Half Square Triangles - Pinwheel.

Piecing Instructions

1). Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of both 1 7/8 inch light print squares.  Match with black squares.  Sew 1/4 on each side of drawn line; cut apart and press to dark.  HST should measure 1 1/2 inches.  Sew into a pinwheel to measure 2 1/2 inches.

2). Sew Quarter Square Triangles together as shown to measure 2 1/2 inches.

3).  Arrange the pieces as shown and sew together into rows; press.  Sew rows together; press.
Block should measure 6 1/2 inches unfinished.

Block one is done.  It's always so much more fun to sew with a friend!  Thanks for sewing-a-long with me.  Let's do it again next week! 

P.S  It not too late to join our Pocket Patchwork sew-a-long!  The best way to receive the block photos and instructions is to sign up to receive emails of my blog postings.  It's easy!  Type in your email address where it says "Follow by Email", on the right hand column of this blog page.  While you're at it, I invite you to become a Follower, too!


  1. What a great looking block! Can't wait to get started!

  2. I am really looking forward to this...love your work! Thank you sooooo much!
    Mary Jo in Iowa

  3. I want to follow along, but can you tell me how much fabric I'll need?

  4. Love this block! Already made and waiting for next week!

  5. Love the block and just used Little Gatherings for another quilt along. Off to check my fabrics.

  6. Can't wait to get started. This is my first sew-along on the internet. Thanks for telling how much fabric we need, it really helps when you have to order all your fabs.
    Looking forward to next week already, I'm hooked!!!!!
    Carol L

  7. My block is hanging on the design wall, looking quite cute, but a tad lonely!

  8. I'm signing up for emails for sure! I love what I'm seeing.

  9. Cute block! I'm signing up for emails too!

  10. So glad to learn about you and your site. I am in Jo Morton small quilts club so have lots of usuable scraps, plus more of other designers. Looking forward to your e-mails. Judith Whitworh jjwhit@nemr.net

  11. Signed up for emails - material ready to start!

  12. can some one help me turn this into a 15 inch pillow top o 14 inch