Quilt blocks always have their own names but I don't know if this quilt block is a new one or already has a name. Until someone tells me what this block is officially called, I will call it LynneBobSquarePants. Using the directions here, you will make a 12" finished block.
Wanna play along and have a go at making this block just for fun? Good practice for accurate cutting, accurate seams, matching points and playing with scraps. I have made it from Kona charcoal and some fabulous Liberty "scraps" I won in a giveaway from my comedy friends, Yvonne and Reene at Nellies Niceties. If you are using your Liberty scraps, a healthy dose of starch spray on them before starting prevents them from slipping and stretching as they are wont to do (oooh I sound like Shakespeare).
You will need:
Sixteen 3" squares of coloured fabrics
Twelve 3" squares and eight 2 1/2" squares of neutral fabric
1. Pair up the twelve 3" neutral squares with twelve of the 3" coloured squares. Pair up the remaining four coloured squares into two pairs. For the coloured pairs, I matched darker with lighter fabrics to make the main square pop.
2. Mark a line along the diagonal on one of the fabrics. I used a pencil
3. Sew two seam lines 1/4" either side of this line.
4. Cut along the line.
5. Press to the dark side.
6. Trim your blocks to 2 1/2" square ensuring that you align the diagonal on your ruler or cutting mat with the diagonal seams. This is the bit to take time and care over. Make sure you cut so that the diagonal seam sits rights on the diagonal line of the block.
7. Lay out all your HST squares and neutral squares to make the pattern in the finished block.
8. Sew into rows pressing to the left in one row, to the right in the next, to the left in the next and to the right in the next so that, when you join the rows, the seams can butt up against each other.
9. Sew the rows together and press these seams open and VOILA you have your very own [insert your own name here] BobSquarepants.