As you know, I’m a big fan of blue. And yes, the pun is intended.  I think these fan blocks are pretty awesome.

Do Good Stitches blocks for February

This blue fan comes to you from the do Good Stitches Love Circle and the ever-inspiring Ara Jane of You Know What I Love? Ara Jane found her inspiration from a vintage quilt in Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 and had our circle of quilters sew up blocks in blues and white/gray neutrals with the teeny tiniest pops of warm golds and pinks and reds and oranges.

There are instructions on her flickr discussion of the block, and I want to add just one suggestion. My advice is based on my experiments with the block, so you’ll have to check with the quilt police to see if there’s any merit in what I say.

What I found was that if I placed my “inner piece” (some call this the “pie”) just about a quarter inch outside the “outer piece” (or the “crust”) before I cut my background fabric, my block required less trimming and was smoother/flatter.

Step 1

Then I lined up my edges evenly and sewed my two pieces together.

Sew Curve

At the end, I did have a little gap, but the block did not need to be pressed into submission!

Pre Trim

It’s not perfect like the seam allowances that you get when you use drunkard’s path or quarter circle templates, but I still found it to be helpful.

Follow and watch what Ara Jane does with these – she always has such a surprising and stylish perspective!