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Challenge!! August Block of the Month: Texas Puzzle

If you made it to the August meeting, you may recall me showing off a few quilt blocks and talking about a new challenge for the year.  If you didn't make it, that's ok, we'll forgive you this time.  

Here's the scoop.  Every month I'll be posting instructions for making a different quilt block describing all you need - fabric colors, cutting measurements, and directions on how to put it together.  If you want to participate, make as many blocks as you like and bring them to the meeting.  During the meeting, my committee members will sort the blocks randomly into a pile for a giveaway drawing and another pile for us to keep to make into awesome outreach quilts.  For each block you bring, you get a chance to win the giveaway pile.  Bring 1 block, get 1 chance.  Bring 10 blocks, get 10 chances!  We'll be keeping track of how many blocks you make and there will be prizes for the top contributors!

So in a nutshell:

  • Bring as many blocks as you like
  • Each block = 1 entry to win a group of the blocks
  • The rest of the blocks will be made into an outreach quilt
  • Win prizes while giving back to the community!

Instructions:  August Block of the Month (BOM) - Texas Puzzle
Makes one 12.5"x12.5" unfinished block

For this block, we'll be making half square triangles (HST) by a method you might not have tried before.  We'll be making all 4 HST at the same time using a bigger square and then trimming them down.  

Please use any combo of orange, blue, and pink fabric.  These instructions use the colors I picked so you can follow along with the pictures.  
Cut the following:
  • one 9"x 9" square of blue fabric
  • one 9"x 9" square of orange fabric
  • one 2"x 2" square of orange fabric
  • four 2"x 5 3/4" strips of pink fabric

1.  Place the 9"x 9" squares on top of each other, right sides together (RST).  Pin if you like.  You are going to sew 1/4" from the edge all the way around the square, overlapping stitches a little where they meet.  

Sew 1/4" from the edge all the way around.  Pivot at the corners, keeping 1/4" away.

2.  Cut this fabric sandwich into four triangles diagonally from opposite corners.  Iron the HST units (open or to the side, I won't come after anyone).  Trim each HST to 5 3/4" x 5 3/4".

3.  Position the pieces like the photo and sew them all together using 1/4" seam.  Iron and repeat as many times as you like!  The block should now measure 12.5" x 12.5".  

If you have any questions about this tutorial, please don't hesitate to ask through the comments section or by emailing me.  I can't wait to see what you bring to the meeting!  Feel free to post pictures of your finished blocks in our Flickr group.  


  1. Can these blocks be any color combination?

    1. They can be any combo of orange, pink, and/or blue please. Thanks!

  2. This is a crazy color combination--breaks all the rules. Which is why it ends up looking so cool, I suppose.

  3. My HST units ended up slightly too large and the pink strips slightly too small, and I was very careful to starch and PRESS so as not to stretch the bias. The completed block was trimmed down to 12.5" but the corners of the HST units aren't quite where they need to be. I know I and being OCD about this, but if I were to do it again I'd check the size of the HST unit before I proceeded and trim it down to 5.75' if needed. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.