In the Spring I participated in the New Quilt Bloggers blog hop. This was a great experience for me so when the call came at the end to participate in another blog hop this fall, I jumped right in. This time we were given a fat eighth of each of the following fabrics and asked to design a 12 1/2" unfinished block . The fabrics are from Fabri-Quilt and the colour palette is Watermelon Summer. The colours go together beautifully.
top row chartreuse, turquoise,coral
bottom row:light aqua,lapis blue and white
Over 60 of us are sharing blocks during the blog hop this week. This is day three. Stephanie of Late Night Quilter is the host for todays blog hop and there are 15 of us participating. There is more information on this at the bottom of the post
I tend to be a follow the pattern kind of gal so the experience was a bit daunting but a lot of fun also. I was seeing potential block designs all over the place, and I had a hard time deciding what to settle on. In the end I decided to keep it simple and bold.
I'm sharing tutorials for two blocks today. They are easy to make so if there are confident beginners reading this post, these blocks are for you. You do need an accurate 1/4" seam, and I recommend washing the fabric first.
The block on the left is the Double Diamond Star and the block on the right is the Graduated Cross.
1. Double Diamond Star Block
Cutting instructions: From each of the fabrics cut a 4"strip.
sub cut the strips into four 4" squares. You will need:
2 squares each of chartreuse, lapis blue, white and turquoise
4 squares each of coral and light aqua.
Pair two coral blocks with two chartreuse blocks .
Pair two coral blocks with two white blocks.
Pair two light aqua blocks with two turquoise blocks
Pair two light aqua blocks with two lapis blue blocks.
Draw a diagonal line corner to corner across one square for each pair, using a removable marking device.
Sew the squares together, one quarter inch on each side of the line. Cut through the squares along the line. Press the seams towards the darker colour.
Trim the blocks to 3 1/2". You will have a total of 16 half square triangle blocks.
4 coral and white (A)
4 coral and chartreuse (B)
4 light aqua and turquoise (C)
4 light aqua and lapis blue (D)
Take one of each A,B,C and D, and sew them into the following unit being careful to orient the fabrics exactly as shown in the picture. Press the seams open.
Make three more of these units. Rotate the four units as in the photo below and sew them together to create the Double Diamond Star. Again press the seams open.
I named this block the Double Diamond Star because of the secondary pattern that will form when multiple blocks are sewn together, creating rows of light aqua and coral diamonds.
2. Graduated Cross Block
This block was made with the leftover fabric from the double diamond star. The white fabric was in short supply which is why the striped units are constructed as they are.
From each of the turquoise, lapis blue, chartreuse and light aqua fabrics cut one 1 1/2" strip the length of the fabric.
From the white fabric cut a 4 1/2" strip the length of the fabric. Sub cut this strip into four 4 1/2" squares. From the remaining white fabric cut
one 2 1/2" square
four rectangles 1 1/2" by 4 1/2"
Cut the light aqua strip into
two rectangles 1 1/2" by 2 1/2" and
two rectangles 1 1/2" by 4 1/2".
Sewing: Use a quarter inch seam throughout.
Sew the chartreuse 1 1/2" strip to the turquoise 1 1/2" strip. Sew the lapis blue strip to the opposite side of the turquoise strip. Press the seams open
Sub cut this strip into 4 units 4 1/2 inches wide.
Sew a white 1 1/2" by 4 1/2 " rectangle to the lapis end of the block making an A unit. Press the seam open.
Make four A units.
Sew the the two light aqua 1 1/2" by 2 1/2" rectangles to two opposite sides of the 2 1/2" white square and the two 1 1/2" by 4 1/2" rectangles to the remaining two sides. Making a B unit. Press the seams open.
Sew the A and B units along with the 4 1/2" white squares into the three rows pictured below. For the middle row I pressed the seams toward the centre . For the other rows I pressed the seams towards the white squares.
Sew the three rows together into the Graduated Cross Block.
I named this block the Graduated Cross because the colours of the cross go from light in the middle to dark. This gives the block a luminous quality. I think this would make an awesome quilt with different graduating colour ways in different blocks.
My blocks are on route to Texas where they will be made into donation quilts with the other blocks from the hop. They are going to be really colourful and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilts.
Here are the links to the other participants in today's blog hop. Please check them out. I'll be visiting them at a later date as I am on vacation with my sister in sunny Mexico! We left today. I'll respond to comments when I return.