Welcome to the last day of the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop.
Our group from the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers were tasked with designing a block using 6 fat eighths generously donated to us all by Fabri-Quilt. Not only were we to design a block we also had to write a tutorial for our blocks!!
I’ve never written a tutorial before, in fact I’ve never designed my own block before. I hope it makes sense! I didn’t have the EQ7 (or any such like) programmes to help with the design or maths, just my grid paper and coloured pencils!
I am not sure if these are the best, correct or easiest methods to use but this is how I did it…
Watermelon Summer Colour Pallet:
* Cut one 7” square from the Chartreuse fabric and one 7” square from the Aqua fabric
* Cut one 7”x4” rectangle from the Coral fabric and one 7”x4” rectangle from the White fabric
* Cut two 4”x4” squares from the Turquoise fabric and two 4”x4” squares from the Lapis Blue fabric
* Cut two 3”x4” rectangles from the white fabric
* Cut four 2 ½”x4” rectangles from the Coral fabric
Step 1: Place the two 7” Chartreuse and Aqua squares right sides together. Draw a diagonal line and sew a ¼ inch either side of the line. Cut along the centre marked line and press seams open. Trim to 6 ½” square. (you will end up with two of these squares but we will actually only be using one in this design)
Step 2: Place the Coral 7”x4” rectangle right sides together with the matching White 7”x4” rectangle. Draw a diagonal line and cut along this line. Place one Coral and one White triangle right sides together matching the long length along the top. Then sew a ¼” along this long length. Press seams open. Trim the “dog ears” and trim to 6½” x 3½” rectangle. Repeat with the second set of triangles. (I’m not sure that I have done my HRT’s correctly but I’ve not done them before. I had mistakenly assumed that they worked in the same way as HST’s which isn’t quite right! I learned this as I was going along and ended up with a rather weird shape! So my method may be a little unorthodox!!)
Step 3: Place one Turquoise and one Lapis Blue 4”x4” square right sides together. Draw a diagonal line and sew a ¼” either side of the line. Cut along the marked centre line and press seams open. Trim to 3½” square. Repeat with the second set of squares to create four 4”x4” HST’s.
Step 4: Place one 3”x4” White rectangle right sides together with one of the 2½”x4” Coral rectangles along the longer 4” length. Sew ¼” seam. Place another 2½”x4” Coral rectangle along the opposite longer 4” length of the White rectangle. Sew ¼” seam. Press both seams open. Trim block to 6½” x 3½”.
Step 5: Place one completed Turquoise/Lapis Blue HST right sides together with the Coral/White strip block along the shorter 3½” length. Sew ¼” seam. Place another Turquoise/Lapis Blue HST right sides together to the opposite end of the Coral/White strip block. Sew ¼” seam. Press seams open. Repeat with the other two Turquoise/Lapis Blue HST’s and Coral/White strip block.
Step 6: Take the first Coral/White HRT and place right sides together with the now 6½” square Chartreuse/Aqua block. Sew ¼” seam. Place the second Coral/White HRT right sides together to the opposite end of the Chartreuse/Aqua HST block. Sew ¼” seam. Press seams open.
Step 7: You now have three strips to sew together to create your completed block. Place the strips as shown below, sewing a ¼” seam and pressing seams open.
Your Completed Block
|(I apologise if this picture looks a little fuzzy, possibly due to the late hour it was taken!!)|
(some of the points don’t match up in places and I’m not too sure if they should or not! Seeing as this is my block that I designed I’m going with not!)
The orientation of the blocks is entirely up to you. The diagrams show you which way I placed the individual parts but if you want to rotate any of the components to change the overall effect feel free. It would be really interesting to see your take on it if you do.
I have to say that I have found this challenge much harder than I had envisaged when I first signed up! I’ve found that it is really difficult to try and actually produce a written explanation of what you are doing! I was also worried that my design would be too basic for all you wonderful quilters. But it’s a starting point for me and I am so glad I took on the challenge. Another first to tick off my list!
Please check out my fellow “hoppers” today and their amazing blocks…
Also our fab hosts from this week and their giveaways!
(Just to pre-warn you if you use this particular fabric collection some of the other members participating in this challenge have found that the fabrics are prone to shrinkage and colour bleeding. I didn’t experience these issues. I used a dry iron and didn’t use any spray starch)