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Saguaro Cactus Quilt Block Pattern


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The Saguaro is the quintessential cactus. Some have grown over 70 feet tall and have been known to live more than 150 years. This little guy is much smaller but with some luck, he might just live that long! This is an original quilt block designed by Barbara Cain. It measures 8'' x 8'' when finished. It can be either paper pieced or traditionally pieced. If you are a paper piecer, you know what to do! If you are new to paper piecing and want to give it a try, you can download a free paper piecing tutorial and practice pattern from my blog. Just paste this path into your browser and you'll arrive at the blog post and Dropbox link for downloading: If you plan to piece traditionally, simply cut apart the pattern and cut out the corresponding fabric pieces adding a 1/4" seam allowance to each side. It is important to be accurate with this! Sew the pieces together with 1/4'' seams just as you would with any other patchwork. Be sure to sew the pieces together in order, i.e., start with piece A1, then attach A2, A3, etc.. Once you connect all of the A pieces, do the same with the B pieces. When the B pieces are all connected to one another, sew B onto A, and so on. For a 6'' x 6'' block, reduce the pattern to 75 percent. For a 10'' x 10'' block, enlarge the pattern to 125 percent. For a 12'' x 12'' block, enlarge the pattern to 150 percent. This pattern would make a great mug rug, hot pad, apron pocket or pot holder. Enlarge the pattern to make a table topper, wall hanging or tote bag for your gardening friend! Just a few scraps of your favorite quilting fabric and some batting is all that is needed to make this cute little block. Please note that this pattern is for individual use and is not to be used for making items to sell. Thank you and enjoy! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Piecing skills, either traditional or foundation SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 8" x 8", can be reduced or enlarged

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  • Fabric scraps, quilt batting and thread
  • Basic sewing supplies

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