I was struggling to find a block that I liked or wanted to make for February in our ongoing challenge, so I decided I'd make something up. I wanted it to be inspired by frogs, but not overtly so, and thought I could probably simplify a pieced frog shape. This is what I came up with, I hope you like it...

This is an 8in finished size block.

You will need:

Background fabric

  • One 2 1/4in x 9in strip 
  • Two 3/4in x 9in strips
  • Two 1 3/4in x 9in strips
  • One 1 3/4in x 7in strip
  • One 1 1/2in  x 10 1/2in strip

Fabric A and Fabric B (for each fabric)

  • One 3/4in x 9in strip
  • One 1in x 8in strip
  • One 1 1/2in x 12 1/2in strip
  • One 1in x 9in strip

Block Construction

Four Patch Unit 1 - Frogs Heads part one

  1. Take the 2 1/4in x 9in background strip and sub cut into four 2 1/4in squares. Set these aside for now.

Four Patch Unit 2 - Frogs Front Legs part one

  1. Take one of the 3/4in x 9in background strips and the matching 3/4in x 9in fabric A strip and join these together on the long edge
  2. Take one of 1 3/4in x 9in background strips and join it to the Fabric A edge of the 1in wide double strip you pieced in step 1
  3. Subcut this new 2 1/4in wide triple strip into four 2 1/4in squares. Set these aside
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 with Fabric B

Step 1: Join a 3/4in background strip to a 3/4in Fabric A strip

Step 2: Join a 1 3/4in background strip to the Step 1 strip

Step 3: subcut the Step 2 strip into four 2 1/4in squares

Four Patch Unit 3 - Frogs Back Legs part one

  1. Take the 1 3/4in x 7in background strip and sub cut into four 1 3/4in squares.
  2. Take the 1in x 8in Fabric A strip and subcut into two  2 1/4in sections and two 1 3/4in sections
  3. Piece a 1 3/4in Fabric A section to the right hand side of one background square. Repeat
  4. Piece a 2 1/4in Fabric A section to the top of the unit from Step 3. Repeat
  5. You should now have two 2 1/4in square units, set these aside
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for fabric B 

Step 3: Piece a 1 3/4in Fabric A section to the right hand side of one background square

Step 4: Piece a 2 1/4in Fabric A section to the top of the Step 3 unit

Four Patch Units part two

  1. Collect your six 2 1/4in Fabric A units and two 2 1/4in background squares
  2. Take the 1 1/2in x 12 1/2in Fabric A strip and subcut into eight 1 1/2in squares
  3. Draw a diagonal line across the back of each 1 1/2in Fabric A square
  4. Stitch and Flip each square into the correct corner of each unit. Trim the fabric under each new corner. The back legs units don't really need this step, but I thought it finished the frog's bottom and back legs better
  5. Join a head, two front legs and one back legs unit into a 4in square four-patch. Repeat with remaining four Fabric A units
  6. Repeat Steps 1-5 for Fabric B

 

 

Step 4: Stitch and Flip corners for each unit

Step 5: Frog Four Patch

Sashing  Back legs part two

  1. Take the 1 1/2in  x 10 1/2in background strip and subcut into four 2 1/4in sections and one 1 1/2in square
  2. Take the remaining 1in x 9in Fabric A and B strips and piece on the long edge. Subcut this into four 2 1/4in sections
  3. Join a 2 1/4in background section to the right hand short edge of a Step 2 section with Fabric A at the top. Repeat 
  4. Join a 2 1/4in background section to the left hand short edge of a Step 2 section with Fabric A at the top. Repeat 
  5. Join a Fabric A and Fabric B four patch unit with one Step 3 unit. Repeat
  6. Join two Step 4 units with the 1 1/2in background square
  7. Join the two Step 5 units with the Step 6 unit

Step 2: Join last Fabric A and B strips

Step 3: Join 2 1/4in background section to the right hand short edge of a Step 2 section

Step 4: Join 2 1/4in background section to the left hand short edge of a Step 2 section

 

Step 5: Join two four patch units with one Step 3 section

Step 6: Horizontal sashing

The finished Four Frogs Block