I thought the strawberry would be my hardest block - not because it's difficult to design, but there's so many versions out there, it would be hard to make mine unique and not step on any other designers' toes. Turns out, the banana I had scheduled for this month was much harder, so here's my version of a strawberry instead!
I knew I wanted leaves that went down, but I struggled with the leaves up for a while, and almost considered leaving them off. I'm glad I didn't - they ended up perfect! It adds a few more cut sizes, but we can handle that, right?
- RED - (24) 2.5" squares; (5) 3" squares
- GREEN - (2) 2.5" squares; (2) 3" squares; (1) 4" square
- NEUTRAL - (6) 2.5" squares; (3) 3" squares; (1) 4" square; (2) 1.5x3.5" rectangles
Note: I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks
HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES
Draw a line on the 3" red squares. Pair two with the 3" green squares and three with the 3" neutral squares.
Draw a line on the 4" neutral square. Pair with the 4" green square.
Stitch 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line.
Trim the red/green and red/neutral HSTs to 2.5" square (I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler, so I trim before pressing.) Trim the green/neutral HSTs to 3.5".
Press seams open.
Layout the block as shown. Stitch together the berry section by row, pressing each row in opposite directions. Stitch the top section as columns, pressing each seam open. Press the final seams open.