Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Block-of-the-Month

Hey everyone, it's Andrea here bringing you the block of the month for May!  

I have a fat quarter pack of the Michael Miller cotton couture QuiltCon colors that I’ve been dying to cut into.  When I saw this block I thought it could be very cool to vary the colors from block to block using the QuiltCon colors.  The block is called “Binary” and is designed by Angela Pingel.  While it looks simple enough, it is important to be precise in your cutting so that everything lines up properly.  


Let’s get started!

Cutting Your Fabric:
From your background fabric (in this case, white) you will cut:
1.  2 strips 3 ½” x 12 ½”
2.  1 strip 2 ½” x 12 ½”
3.  8 strips 2 ½” x 1 ½”
4.  2 squares 2 ½” x 2 ½”  
5.  From your four colors you will cut:
    (in this case dark grey, light grey, orange and lime green)
     (a)  1 rectangle 1 ½” x 2 ½”; and 
     (b)  1 square 2 ½” x 2 ½” from each color

1.  Using my completed block photo as a guide, arrange the two columns using the 1 ½” x 2 ½” white and colored rectangles and the 2 ½” x 2 ½” white and colored squares.

2.  Sew the colored pieces to the white pieces using a ¼” seam allowance with right sides together. 

3.  Once your two columns are complete, take them and sew to either side of the 2 ½’ x 12 ½” white strip with right sides together.  Press your seams away from the pieced columns.

4.  Add your 3 ½” x 12 ½” white strip to either side of your block from Step 3.  Press the seams away from the pieced columns.

5.  Trim the block to 12 ½” x 12 ½”

Voila!  You are finished!!  This block has a lot of possibilities including, but not limited to, rotating the block 90 degrees or switching up the colors from block to block.  

Have fun!

For those of you at home keeping score, here's where we are!


  1. I love your graphic tote board, Leslie! Great representation/tally!

  2. I have never seen this king of unique graphic tote board...I love this kind of lovely graphic tote board....!!!

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