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~Fold the triangle and square patches in half and pinch the fabric to help align the patches with these center marks.

Half Square Triangle (HST) cut

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~January Hot Chocolate Block~

A Touch of Fun! January Hot Chocolate Block

Finished Size: 17½" x 12½"

 

~You Will Need for Each Block~

For each block

1. Cut [Rotary Cutting] 10 ~ 3" squares, and 4 ~ 7¼" tone-on-tone squares cut on the diagonal. Keep the extra triangles for future blocks.

Cut Tone on Tone Fabric on the diagonal

2. Cut [Rotary Cutting] the cup block patches as follows:

Cup (Blue Fabric): 7 1/8" x 7 7/8"
Saucer (Blue Fabric): 2" x 8 3/8"
Background Fabric: 2 ~ 1 1/2" squares;
5 7/8" square (cut on diagonal) for the Side Triangles;
4 7/8" square (cut on diagonal) for the Top Triangle;
3 7/8" square (cut on diagonal) for the Bottom Triangle

Cut Cup Block Patches

3. Sew a corner triangle [Corner Triangles] on the two bottom corners of the Cup Fabric, using the 1" corner squares.

Corner Triangles

Corner Triangles

Corner Triangles

4. Carefully stitch the top triangle to the top edge of the cup patch [Machine Piecing Basics] along the bias edge.

Tip: Fold the triangle and cup patch in half and pinch the fabric to help align the patches with these center marks.

Top Triangle

Press towards the triangle.

Top Triangle

5. Carefully stitch the two side triangles to the sides of the cup patch along the bias edges. Align the triangle with the extra hanging down below the cup, as illustrated.
Press towards the triangles.

Side Triangles

Trim even with the bottom edge of the cup.

Side Triangles

6. Carefully stitch the bottom triangle to the center of the saucer patch along the bias edge.

Tip: Fold the triangle and saucer patch in half and pinch the fabric to help align the patches with these center marks.

Bottom Triangle

Press towards the triangle.

Bottom Triangle

7. Find the center mark of the bottom cup edge and the upper saucer edge (as before, by folding and pinching) and stitch them together.
Press towards the saucer.
Trim the block down to 9½" square.

Center Cup Block

8. Sew the tone-on-tone corner triangles to the center block (as before, by folding and pinching to find the center marks) and carefully stitch them together along the bias edge.
Add two opposite corner triangles, and then add the other two.
Press towards the triangles.

Block Layout

9. Arrange the side squares, and then sew them together into a row, sewing them into pairs first, and then the 5 squares together. Press the seams open.
Sew the border squares to the sides of the block.
Press towards the block.

Pieced Cup Block

10. Make a template [Cardboard Templates] for the template shapes.

Request A Touch of Fun! January Templates here

Draw the outline of the snowflake, 3 marshmallows & cup handle onto the right side of the fabrics with a chalk pencil.
Cut just beyond the line using pinking shears.

Prepare the template shapes

11. Baste the shapes where shown on the finished block.
Stitch them to the block [Applied Patch Appliqué - #3], with 2 strands of matching embroidery floss, along the drawn line, leaving the pinked edge raw - A Touch of Fun!

 

 

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