We will be using purple and white fabrics. White can be solid white or whites on white. Purples, scrappier the better, the only thing, is too avoid really light purples because they will blend with the white too much. As seen in this first pic
So go gather your scraps and lets get started.
There are 3 parts to make this block. For cutting you will need:
10 - 2 5/8 inch purple squares
4 - 2 5/8 inch white squares
4 - 4 1/4 inch white squares
16 - 2 3/8 inch purple squares
8 - 2 X 3 1/2 inch white bricks
4 - 2 inch white squares
Lets get started.
First off we are going to make 4 string blocks. I use pages out of a phone book to make mine. You will start with 5 3/4 inch squares, you will need 4 of them.
First you take two strings right sides together and line up the seam line going corner to corner on your paper and stitch.
Now remove the paper and now we need to press, when I lay my blocks down seams up, there is usually a centerish string that is laying flat, I let that be my guide, In this photo it is the dark purple one with the swirls. Press all the seams above it up and the ones below it down, it doesn't really make a difference. You can press them all one way if you want to, as well.
Flip them over and press again from the top.
Now we need to trim these blocks, You will line up your 45 degree line on your ruler going in the direction the strings are going. (It won't always fall on a seam) We are going to trim these to 5 1/2 inches. So make sure your square ruler has fabric under it all the way around that 5 1/2 inch mark before trimming the first two sides,
Now we are going to cut them in half, going in the opposite directions of the strings like this.
Lets move on to part 2 of this block. We are going to make simple 9 patches, with the purple making the plus sign in the middle, and the white being in the 4 corners. You will need your 8 white 2 5/8 inch squares, and your 10 purple 2 5/8 inch squares. Go scrappy!
I pressed my seams to the purple and away from the white. Here they are after the final pressing.
Now we need to combine parts 1 and 2.Stitch a string to opposite sides. Making sure to leave the ends of the string pieces hanging off the 9 patch block.Very important.
Onto part 3, we are almost done. We are going to make flying geese. My favorite way to make them is the no waste method. Which I found here a long time ago. It is the only way I make them anymore. You will need 4- 4 1/4 white squares and 16 - 2 3/8 purple squares,
First you take the purple squares and draw lines from corner to opposite corner on the wrong side of the fabric. Then you take the big white square 4 1/4 inch, and put 2 purple squares 2 3/8 inch on them like this,
Then after both sides of the lines are stitched, you will cut them in half ON the line from corner to corner.
Now you want to add a 2 inch by 3 1/2 inch white brick between two flying geese units, making sure the points of the geese are going the same way. You will have 8 strips. On 4 of the strips you will add the 2 inch white corner stones to the ends of them, so now you will have 4 shorter strips, and 4 longer ones with the corner stones on them.
Stitch the shorter ones on opposite sides on each of the blocks that has the 9 patch and strings on it, with the white points on the geese facing the center of the block.