What comes to mind when you think of July?
Lazy summer days, lemonade,
afternoons in the pool,
walks in the woods...
...and these days Key Lime Pie.
Yes, this month's block is named for that refreshing summertime treat.
I used a strip piecing technique to make the 4-square Corner Units in our block. Once you sew the strips together square up the end. Turn the strip around and use that trimmed edge as your beginning guide to trim the sections needed.
My pattern directs us to join these sections into pairs, which lock together very nicely for perfectly matched seams. I like to sew my pairs together with the seam on top pointing towards my needle as seen here. This pushes those seams together as I sew.
In the pattern I also mention fanning the seam on these. I use my thumbs to separate the seam so that it splits it in two, with one side laying one direction and the other side laying the opposite. (I had to hald the camera to take the photo so you only see on of my thumbs at work.) I finger press these seams before taking them to my pressing surface.
Once pressed, the back looks like this. Notice that the center looks just like our 4-patch.
This is a really useful trick for getting bulky seams to lay flat.
The rest of this block is done just like June's Block and you can find the photo tutorial I did for that one HERE.
Now for some added inspiration from my pattern testers.
Leigh Ann Wilkes of Your Homebased Mom shared this recipe. It looks beautiful. Visit her blog for the recipe linked HERE.
You can get your copy of this month's block HERE.
I just couldn't resist one last photo of things I love about July-sundresses and wildflowers.
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