Welcome to Block #9: Ball Field, from our Saturday Sampler 2014, Sew and Tell Series.

Our block patterns will be posted around the 2nd Saturday of each month, so check back through the year to make all twelve sampler blocks with us.

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Our blocks are 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" (12" x 12" finished)

All seam allowances are 1/4".

Cutting:

A: Surf:

A: Cut two 2 7/8" strips from a fat quarter, sub-cut into (12) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8 ”

B/E/G: Kumquat:

B: Cut one 2 7/8" strips from a fat quarter, sub-cut into (6) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8 ”

E: (1) 4 3/16” x 4 3/16”

G: (1) 4 3/16” x 4 3/16”

C/D: White:

C: (4) 2 5/8” x 2 5/8”

D: (2) 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”

F/H: Red:

F: (1) 4 3/16” x 4 3/16”

H: (1) 4 3/16” x 4 3/16”

Construction:

Pair one Surf and one Kumquat 2 7/8” square right sides together.

Pair one Surf and one Kumquat 2 7/8” square right sides together.

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the lightest colored fabric in each pair. To get a perfect diagonal line, align the 45 degree angle marking of your ruler with the left edge of the square, positioning ruler to that the straight edge of the ruler goes diagonally from point to point of the square. Draw a line with a mechanical pencil along the straight edge of the ruler.

Sew 1/4” from both sides of drawn line. You can chain sew the units together to save time and keep your pieces organized.

Once you've sewn down both sides of all 6 of the squares, you can take your chain to your cutting board. Position straight edge of ruler on the drawn line. This should yield a perfect quarter inch seam between your stitching. Cut on the drawn line.

Take remaining six Surf 2 7/8” squares, and cut in half diagonally to make 12 triangles.

Arrange the half square triangles and the triangles as shown.

Sew units into rows, then join rows together. Make four units.

Cut the Kumquat and Red E, F, G, and H, 4 3/16” squares into quarters diagonally.

Cut the White 3 7/8” squares in half diagonally.

Arrange a Red triangle, Kumquat triangle and White triangle as shown in a flying geese shape.

Sew Red triangle to right side of white triangle.

Press seam towards Red.

Sew Kumquat triangle to left side of White triangle.

Press seam towards Kumquat. Unit should measure 2 5/8” x 4 3/4”. Make four units.

Sew a Red triangle and a Kumquat triangle right sides together to form a square.

Square should measure 2 5/8” x 2 5/8”. Make four.

Arrange squares to form a pinwheel design.

Sew units together. Unit should measure 4 3/4” x 4 3/4”.

Arrange the pinwheel, flying geese units, and the White 2 5/8” squares as shown.

Sew units into rows.

Join rows together.

Arrange the corner units as shown around center star.

Sew corner units to opposite sides of the center star.

Press towards corners. Sew remaining units to opposite sides of center star. Press towards corners.

Block should measure 12 1/2” x 12 1/2”.