Since I am completely ga-ga over the 2017 Solar Eclipse, happening August 21st (and I already have the next on penciled in on my calendar–April 2024, if you must know) when searching for decorations to put around my house, I came across a rendition of the Mosaic #19 block (originally published in 1897 by the Ladies Art Company) that is said to commemorate the 2017 All-American Solar Eclipse (who thinks up these names?).
After I read the above blurb, I searched Google for her and found that not only has she redesigned an old block to celebrate something fun and exciting in our century, but that she’s also done a whole series of blocks to commemorate the National Parks. I first saw them when a nephew’s wife showed me teeny screen grabs on her phone at a family picnic, and was happy to know who to give credit for those cool blocks.
Here are some other posters I discovered while search for eclipse-related images:
I have more eclipse-themed posters and info on my Pinterest Board: Eclipse. If you want to make your own eclipse block, here is a PDF file that you can download, in 12″ finished size: Solar Eclipse Block_12. (Click on the blue print.)
I assume you have some knowledge of putting together blocks when I put this stuff up. Most of us prefer to “snowball” the blocks onto corners. If you do, follow the
very sketchy instructions below. (You are basically going to make the outsides similarly to the flag block I wrote about recently, if you need to reference that tutorial.)
Cut the center block 6 1/2″ square.
Cut four corner blocks 3 1/2″ each, and sew diagonally onto each corner. This post on signature blocks shows how to snowball onto a corner.
To make the side geese, cut 4 rectangles 3 1/2″ by 6 1/2″ in dimension.
Cut eight squares 3 1/2″. Snowball the squares onto each side of the rectangle.
UPDATE: If you are someone who likes to make the four small squares/one large square method of flying geese, head to this tutorial from Janet Wickell. More help can be found if you do a search on “chart for making flying geese from squares.”
To make the HST corners, cut 2 medium blue squares 4″ square. Match up with 2 dark blue squares 4″ square. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner and stitch 1/4″ on either side of it, then cut the triangles apart down the center. Press to the dark side, then trim up to 3 1/2″.
Sew a flying geese on the left and right sides of the center square.
Sew a HST square on each end of the remaining two flying geese; sew these to the block. Press.
Here is the PDF pattern for a 9-inch block: Solar Eclipse Block_9inch.
If you are going to cut a large center square to snowball on your blocks, use a 5″ square (remember those seam allowances). The smaller blocks with then be 2 1/2″. You have the templates for both in case this is too confusing.
The arrival of the eclipse also seems a fitting ending for our Book Giveaway of Summer 2017. Thanks to all who were interested in these books. I’ve contacted the winners of by email; books will go out as soon as I receive their mailing address.