Tuesday, October 12, 2010


5 blocks to go!!!

Cut two 2.5" x 2.5" squares out of main block fabric.
Cut two 2.5" x 2.5" squares out of background fabric.
Draw a diagonal line corner to corner on the wrong side of two of the squares.
 Sew squares together in pairs 1/4" from the diagonal lines on each side.
Cut apart on the drawn lines and press open.
Lay out as below and sew together to form a pinwheel. (I forgot to take a photo of the actual pinwheel.)
Trace or print the block diagram onto foundation paper and number as below. The center will be sewn as one piece.
 Foundation piece as below. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4"
 Print or trace the block diagram onto the dull side of freezer paper and cut out the shapes as in the photo.
Iron the melon shapes onto the right side of your main block fabric and cut out. Leave about 3/8" seam allowance along one curved edge and at least 1/2" at the bottom and sides. I left at least an inch.
Iron the center freezer paper shape to the right side of the pinwheel you constructed earlier, lining up the seam lines.
Place one of the melon sections right side up on the pinwheel, aligning the curved edges on both freezer paper cutouts.  A light table or bright window will be very helpful when doing this.  Baste through all layers.
Applique along the curved edge, turning under the seam allowance. Remove the freezer paper melon and press.
 Repeat for the other three melons.
Applique the small triangle to the foundation pieced block section.  Note that you only have to applique the sides of the triangle.  The bottom will be in the seam allowance.
Trace the center circle onto the dull side of freezer paper and cut out, leaving a "frame" of at least 1/4" all around.
Iron the freezer paper into position on the right side of the block and cut out, leaving a seam allowance for turning under.
Place the appliqued block section right side up on the table.  Carefully position the block over it.  Baste through all layers.
Clip the curved edge every 1/4" to 1/2". Applique along the curved edge.
Remove the freezer paper, press, and trim away the excess fabric from the back of the block.
Applique the three kites onto the block.
Cut a 7/8" by 6" strip of main block fabric and sew it to the bottom of the block.  Trim to size.


  1. So pretty! I can always consider making those triangles when the squares are finished... can’t I... LOL!

  2. this is my favorite border block! i love the gingham you chose.

  3. Thanks for inspiring so many quilters with your detailed tutorials. We linked our readers to your site in an article we did last week about Dear Jane... hopefully others will follow suit !

  4. I really love this block and the fabric you used for it is perfect. You must be so excited to have only 5 blocks to go! As you know, you started years after I did but I am certain you will finish first. Thanks to you, I have gotten back to this project and have only 20 blocks to go -- unless I change my mind and make the triangles! I am so excited for you and look forward to seeing your finished quilt!

  5. Oh my goodness, you did that so well, I actually tried to print your instructions even though my first DJ is done as of last night, just need to add the fabric for the scallops and see what to put on the back and quilt and make the scallops and bind. Whew, this is a never ending quilt isn't it. BTW I could only print the first page of your pictures and I wanted to hold on to them from this blog. I only got the triangle page and list of names. If there is any way you can send me the pics I would love to have them for future reference.

    Thanks so much,
    Lin, Lindy, Linden of Utah

  6. Please tell me when you finish your DJ you'll leave up this wonderful tutorial. I've just started and this is now my DJ Bible!