A lot of talk of margaritas and Mexican food today. I can't handle a margarita (just ask my kids!), but I've always loved Mexican food. Raised in California and loved all things Mexican.
I was reminded of the block I designed for Quilt Magazine in 2007 which I called Olé. And I remembered the Benartex "What's in My Pantry
" Collection which I featured here a few months ago. I was thinking CHILI PEPPERS and there are two fabrics in that collection with chili peppers on them.
Here are my steps to quickly cut and stitch these two blocks (which I made this morning in one hour's time). I used these two pepper fabrics as the center of my blocks. Aren't they yummy?
First I cut the parts (pattern follows at the end of this post):
|Block parts for Olé|
Then I began stitching:
|Orange triangles at the top of the blocks|
|Green triangles at the top of the blocks|
I decided to use a stripe to finish the sides. There really is a trick to cutting striped fabric so that the stripes all go in the same direction. Here is what you do:
|Two squares with stripes oriented the same way; cut as shown|
|Stripes are horizontal in the yellow chili pepper block|
I audition the stripes by folding and putting next to the block.
|Stripes oriented horizontally are cut this way|
And these corner squares go with the black pepper block:
|Stripes are oriented vertically|
The key is to cut two squares and put them side by side. Then cut in a "mountain" cut. You can't get the triangles to work if you cut both squares at the same angle.
I hope you have a wonderful day!
I can just taste the salsa and guacamole! Thanks for the neat block - I think it would make a great quilt of valor.ReplyDelete
What a great block to use novelty prints. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the tutorial.Fantastic block and fabric.ReplyDelete
I love your block. Very definitely a Mexican flavor. Thanks for the pattern! I love Mexican food, and the restaurant on the corner by my house has the best - could even get by in California, Arizona or Texas. They just make sopapillas wrong - as does everyone else in Knox! They aren't supposed to be cinnamon and sugar tortilla chips. =)ReplyDelete
Great block! We lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico when we were first married, and I had to learn to like New Mexican food which is similar but still different than Mexican. There are just some things that you can't get at a Mexican restaurant that you get at a New Mexican restaurant, like green chilis. As long as I can get chili con queso though, I'm happy.ReplyDelete
Your blocks are beautiful and totally show off that fabric! Happy Mother's Day!ReplyDelete