Pirate Block Tutorial

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By reader request, I'm here today with a tutorial for my Naptown Stitcher's Pirate Block, which is a 9" block.
(As always, if you see anything on my blog you like, I'm more than happy to write a tutorial for it. Just ask!)
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I made this block with a busy fabric for the background and a pop of solid for the squares, but obviously there are a lot of ways you could go with it. You could even use a variety of scraps for the squares, and I've included directions for that, too.
For one block, you'll need:
Background Fabric
(1) rectangle 1" x 9" ** for scrappy: substitute with (8) squares 1" x 1"
(2) squares 1.5" x 1.5"
(2) rectangles 1.5" x 2.5"
(2) rectangles 1.5" x 3.5"
(2) rectangles 1.5" x 4.5
(2) rectangles 2.5" x 5.5"
(2) rectangles 2.5" x 9.5"
Squares Fabric ** for scrappy, use a variety of fabrics (up to 9 different fabrics)
(1) rectangle 1" x 9" ** for scrappy: substitute with (8) squares 1" x 1"
(1) square 1.5" x 1.5"
Note: I sewed with a scant 1/4" seam and pressed all seams open, but press anyway you like.
Step 1: Creating the tiny squares
Sew together the 1" strips along the long side.
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Cut into 1" sections. There is a little bit of extra length for wiggle room, but you will only need a total of 8 sections.
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Sew the sections together in pairs to create 4 units.
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Step 2: Assembling the logs
(This block is sewn log-cabin style, and some of the "logs" are pieced.)
Sew one unit to each of the 1.5" x 2.5" and 1.5" x 4.5" rectangles. Refer to the photograph for proper orientation (it matters!).
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Step 3: Assembling the block
You will assemble this block in log-cabin style, starting with the shorter logs and working your way up.
First, sew the 1.5" background squares onto each side of the 1.5" solid square.
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Then, sew on the short logs with squares.
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Then, sew on the 3.5" logs.
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Then, sew on the long logs with squares.

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Finally, sew on the 2.5" strips.
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And now you have a finished Pirate Block!
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