I’ve been playing with blocks made using the hypnotic random 9-patch block generator and saw the block below. I decided to make it! The bold colors I chose and the erratic dancing shapes it makes when pieced together reminded me of something one might see at the circus, hence the name.
Note: I found it a little tricky to get the points to go the right way. I suggest you lay it all out before sewing it together. Unless you love your seam ripper or are impervious to mistakes.
2 – 3.5” Neutral squares – marked diagonally
2 – 3.5” Color squares
4 – 2.5” Color squares
4 – 2.5×4.5 Neutral pieces
2 – 2.5” Neutral squares
2 – 2.5×6.5″ Neutral square
1 – 8.5” square
- Mark Neutral 3.5” squares on the diagonal – I use a hera marker to make a crease
- Layer each Neutral square with a 3.5” color square
- Sew a generous ¼” down each side of the diagonal line.
- Cut along diagonal line, iron open to form a square, and trim to 2.5”
Make center block
- Mark Neutral 2.5” color squares on the diagonal
- Place 2.5” block on the corner of the 8.5” block
- Sew along the marked diagonal line
- Trim 1/4” seam
- Press open, repeat for all four corners
- Join a 2.5” block, 2.5” HST block and a 4.5×2.5 block as shown below
- Attach to center block
- Repeat for second side.
Top and Bottom
- Join a 2.5×6” block, 2.5”HST block and a 4.5×2.5” block as shown below.
- Attach to block
- Repeat for the final side
Here is the EQ7 mock up of the components if that is helpful: