The Thunderbirds first show was Cheyenne frontier Days and they have been there every year since. To say the show is phenomenal is an understatement. My husband's last duty assignment was Cheyenne and we saw them every year. The pilots would bring their families with them for the rodeo as well. Having little children made it impossible for the parents to enjoy a night out for bull riding or a concert. One year, we offered to keep all the kids and baby sit. It was a crazy night. Greg and I had three girls 10-16 so they were the babysitters :). We referred to it as our evening with the "Thuder-chickens" since they were not quite old enough to be birds. As a thank you, we were sent a print signed by the entire squad.
Now, I actually live in Las Vegas which I never thought I would do. Neither my dad or my late husband were ever stationed here. Strange how life changes.
Our block this month looks a little daunting, but it is easy when you break it down. It takes about 2 hours to make.
You will need four fabrics:
Fabric 1: (background) 24 squares 2.5 inches, 2 squares 2 7/8 inches
Fabric 2: (blue) 8 rectangles 4.5 x 2.5
Fabric 3: (black) 4 rectangles 4.5 x 2.5, 4 squares 2.5 inches, 2 squares 2 7/8 inches
Fabric 4: (red) 1 square 4.5 inches
Once you have the block completed, just add the borders.
- color 1: (2) 1 1/2 x 12 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips
- color 2: (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips
- color 3: (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 18 1/2 strips
For the following segments pay close attention to the direction of the pieces. You will use the 4.5 x 2.5 pieces and 2.5 inch squares for the corners. You will need four of each segment:
Once the above pieces are complete, four each of the next two segments:
Now you have nine segments and will construct the block like a nine patch:
Here is the completed block: