Quilt Now 8’s Block of the Month is a lot of fun – to make and to play if you whip up this memory game
Things to remember
Read through all of the instructions before starting
WOFQ = width of fat quarter
16 2¼” squares felt in different colours
8 fabrics suitable for fussy cutting
12 7” squares brightly coloured fabrics for the prairie-point flags
FQ background fabric
½ yard co-ordinating fabric for backing & drawstring bag
6” iron-on hook-and-loop tape
21” ¼”-wide ribbon for drawstring
pinking shears (optional)
From background fabric, cut:
1½” x WOFQ strip
3 4” x WOFQ strips
4½” x WOFQ strip
From the co-ordinating fabrics, cut:
16×22” piece for backing
4 9×10” pieces for drawstring bag
From the fussy-cutting fabrics, cut:
2 identical pieces from each fabric, no bigger than 2”, using pinking shears if desired
1 Follow steps 2-4 in issue 9 of Quilt Now to make the prairie point flags.
2 Pin or clip the first flag ¾” from the left-hand edge of the 4” strip. Pin or clip two more flags to the strip, with the points on the long edge touching. Baste in place using a ⅛” seam allowance to prevent movement at the next step. (See Pic A.)
3 Repeat Step 2 to attach the remaining flags to the two 4” strips and the 4½” strip.
4 Place a 1½” x WOFQ strip right sides together on the top of the first 4” strip, matching the long raw edges. Pin or clip in place then stitch using a ¼” seam allowance. Press the 1½” strip away from the prairie points. (See Pic B.)
5 Place bottom edge of the first 4” strip right sides together with the top of the second 4” strip. Pin or clip in place, making sure that the prairie point flags on the 1½” strip are hanging freely. Sew along the pinned edge using a ¼” seam allowance. Press seam away from the prairie-point flags. (See Pic C.)
6 Repeat Step 5 to attach the third 4” strip to the bottom of the section sewn in Step 5.
7 Repeat Step 5 to attach the 4½” strip to the bottom of the section sewn in Step 6.
8 Cut the hook-and-loop tape into 16 pieces, each approximately ¼” wide.
9 Attach a piece of hook tape (according to manufacturer’s instructions) to the background fabric underneath each prairie-point flag. It should be approximately ¼” from the seam and in line with the centre fold of the flag to ensure that the felt counters will be hidden when in use. (See Pic D.)
10 Place the 16×22” piece of backing fabric on a flat surface right side facing up. Lay the panel with the flags on top of the backing fabric, right sides together. Pin in place.
11 Sew around all four sides using a ¼” seam allowance and leaving a 3” turning gap in the centre of the bottom edge of the panel. (See Pic E.)
12 Trim off any excess fabric from the edges and clip the corners. (See Pic F.)
13 Turn right sides out through the turning gap then press carefully, making sure that the edges are nice and crisp.
14 Topstitch as close to the edge as you dare all around the panel to finish and close the turning gap.
Assembling the felt counters
Note: You will be making 16 counters for variety but only 12 will be in use at any one time.
15 Place a fussy-cut shape on a 2¼” felt piece. (See Pic G.)
16 Stitch the fussy-cut shape in place, then trim the felt around the fussy cut using pinking shears. (See Pic H.)
17 Repeat steps 15-16 until you have 16 felt counters.
18 Attach a piece of loop tape to the back of each felt piece, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Assembling the drawstring bag
19 Place two 9×10” co-ordinating fabric panels right sides together and pin down the two 10” sides and across the bottom. Sew a ¼” seam allowance down both sides and across the bottom. (See Pic I.)
20 Pinch the bottom corner of the bag, taking care to line up the seams from the bottom of the bag with the side seam. Mark a line ½” from the tip of the pinched section, then pin and sew along the marked line. Trim the excess fabric from the corner, leaving a ¼” seam allowance. Repeat with the opposite corner of the bag. (See Pic J.)
21 Turn right side out and press. This is the exterior of the bag. (See Pic K.)
22 Repeat steps 19-20 with the remaining two 9×10” co-ordinating fabric pieces. This is the lining of the bag.
23 Place the bag exterior inside the bag lining with right sides together. Make sure that the bases match, then pin or clip the matching the raw edges at the top. (See Pic L.)
24 Sew all the way around, leaving a 2” turning gap on one of the straight edges. Turn the bag right sides facing out through the turning gap, then push the lining into position inside the bag. Press well around the top edge, ensuring that the lining fabric is not visible from the exterior, and pin or clip in place. (See Pic M.)
25 Topstitch close to the edge all the way around the top of the bag for a neat finish and to close the turning gap.
Constructing the drawstring enclosure
26 Mark the position of the buttonholes ½” either side of one of the side seams. I used a ¼” button as the gauge for my buttonholes so the following measurements apply to that – you will need to adjust the measurements as necessary. The starting position will be around 1” from the top of the bag. (See Pic N.)
27 Stitch and open the buttonholes according to the instructions for your machine. (See Pic O.)
28 Fold and press the top edge of the bag 1” towards the lining then pin or clip in place. (See Pic P.)
29 Topstitch close to the edge around the top of the bag. Stitch carefully along the existing stitching line at the bottom of the enclosure for a neat finish. (See Pic Q.)
30 Fasten a safety pin to the end of the drawstring ribbon then thread it through the first buttonhole, feeding it through until it comes out of the second buttonhole. Tie a knot in the end of the ribbon and that’s it – one finished drawstring bag for transporting your memory game! (See Pic R.)