This is my block for the New Block Blog Hop.
Thanks so much to Fabri-Quilt for providing the set of fat eighths to each of us and for sponsoring the fabulous prizes: 8, that's EIGHT bundles of 1/2 yard cuts of each of the 6 fabrics for the hop. That's a 3-yard total prize! Pretty amazing I'd say. Thank you so very much to our 4 hive mamas from the New Bloggers Blog Hop. When that hop ended, the fun was extended. :-) They dreamed this up, Fabric-Quilt jumped on board, as did over 60 bloggers. There has been a ton of work done behind the scenes by Yvonne, Stephanie, Cheryl and Terri, from dreaming up the idea, to approaching the fabric company, to contacting the new bloggers, to cutting up and distributing the fat eighths, to answering a myriad of questions and concerns from the bloggers, and then--! There is the organizing of the hop itself, the linkups, the gathering in of completed blocks and assembling them into quilts and then distributing the finished quilts. Phew! Every single one of the blocks will be made up into charity quilts, sewn up by our very own hive mamas. Quilters (and their sponsors) just rock this world, don't they? Did you know Fabri-Quilt has a great blog? Check it out here!
I had fun playing around, coming up with various ideas, and it was a good challenge to my creative side.
So, Monday to Thursday this week there are approximately 15 blogs per day, each with a new, original block to share with you. That is over 60 new blocks, tutorials provided for free. AND prizes. Suh-weet. Here are the others presenting their blocks today:
My host is Yvonne at Quilting JETgirl (enter to win the draw here as well as see her block)
Kelly @ Quilting it Out
Martha @ Once a Wingnut
Irene @ Patchwork and Pastry
Cassandra @ The (not so) Dramatic Life
Andrea @ The Sewing Fools
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Silvia @ A Stranger View
Wanda @ Wanda's Life Sampler
Vicki @ Orchid Owl Quilts
Jess @ Quilty Habit
Diana @ Red Delicious Life
Chelsea @ Patch the Giraffe
Margo @ Shadow Lane Quilts
Renee @ Quilts of a Feather
You can check on the following sites for the URLs for the blogs for subsequent days:
Tuesday: go to Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs for the list
Wednesday: go to Stephanie at Late Night Quilter for the list
Thursday: go to Terri at Childlike Fascination for the list
Alright, on with the new block from moi!
A note about my block: it employs folded triangles in two corners of the block. This adds visual interest in that you have a raised folded triangle that is unattached on one side, which lies on top of the larger triangle beneath. A quilt created with these 3D or layered triangles provides tactile interest as well, which is great for a child, but also for a person with Alzheimer's or dementia, as it gives them something to fiddle or twiddle with. This helps to calm down the agitation while they are amused by running their fingers over the quilt finding the little "pockets" created by the folded white triangles.
If you would like a free PDF version of this pattern click here.
We were given a set of 6 fat eighths, from which to create a 12 1/2" unfinished block. The palette is Fabri-Quilt's Prairie Cloth Cotton Solids and was named Watermelon Summer. We had to use at least 3 of the colours in our blocks, and we weren't allowed to add any of our own. Our block had to have a summer theme. My favourite season.
I wanted to create a secondary design, only apparent if you piece 4 or more blocks together. I don't have EQ7. But I do have SQ1! Sandra Quilts1... groan...
|This mock-up doesn't show the folded white HSTs that meet in the centre; that was something I thought of after I drew and coloured the basic block.|
If you rotate the blocks 90 degrees, you get this secondary pattern:
|You'd still get the chartreuse and blue pinwheels forming if you were to make even more than 4 blocks|
The block takes about 35 minutes from start to finish, according to my pattern tester ;-)
HST = half square triangle. This is the shape you get when you cut a square in half on the diagonal.
RST = right sides together
Shape: 3 7/8" square
- Cut 4 aqua
- Cut 2 coral
- Cut 2 turquoise
- Cut 1 lapis blue; cut this one in half on the diagonal to yield 2 HSTs
- Cut 1 chartreuse; cut this one in half on the diagonal to yield 2 HSTs
- Cut 3 white. Cut only one of these in half on the diagonal to yield 2 HSTs.
- Cut 2 white.
|The building blocks of the block|
1. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other on the wrong sides of each of the 4 aqua squares. Place an aqua square atop a coral square, RST.
|Love my Hera marker for this job|
Sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the drawn line. Cut apart on this line to yield 2 HST squares.
Press the seams to the aqua triangle. Square the unit up to 3 1/2". Repeat with the other aqua/coral pair. In the same manner, place an aqua square atop a turquoise square and repeat this process.
4 coral/aqua HST square units that measure 3 1/2"
4 turquoise/aqua HST square units that measure 3 1/2"
2. Note: these next 2 HST square units need to be mirror images of each other, so colour placement is key.
Set the lapis blue triangle right side up on one shorter, straight-of-grain side so that the right angle of the triangle is on the right, and the longer, diagonal, bias side of the triangle is on the upper left. Place a chartreuse triangle right side up so that the bias edges are beside each other. Do this with the other pair now.
Take the 2 triangles you cut and press them in half, RST. Set one in the same orientation as the lapis blue triangle, at the bottom of the blue triangle. Be sure to align the raw edges and have the folded edge on the body of the blue triangle. Set the other white folded triangle on top of the blue triangle, RST, but at the top, aligning the raw edges here too.
Now flip the chartreuse HST on top of the blue triangles, sandwiching the white folded triangle between the two larger HSTs. Pin. Sew a scant 1/4" seam from the raw edges. Press the white triangle onto the blue one, pressing the seams open to reduce bulk. You will end up with 3 layers of fabric on one side of the pressed open seam and one layer on the opposite side. If you wish, you can snip the white triangle seams so you can press them both open. Square to 3 1/2".
This is what it will look like:
One raw edge of the folded triangle is sewn into the diagonal seam, the other raw edge lies on the outer raw edges of the block, and the folded edge rests on top of the blue triangle, unattached, which creates a layered white triangle.
Assembling the block
Lay out the units as shown below.
Tip: when piecing the coral and turquoise pinwheels, pull back the seams about 1/4", so you can ensure the seams abut or nest.
Ta-da! Here is your finished block:
I have a total of 4 blocks: the first one I did just to see if it would work out of my stash, the second I did following my instructions, still out of my stash, and the third and fourth were with the Watermelon Summer fabric from Fabri-Quilt, one to send away and one to keep. Here is what they look like in real life, 4 together:
Or turned 90 degrees, as I mentioned at the beginning, and showed you with my graph paper drawings:
I love it when something I've drawn out on graph paper comes to reality!
Please remember to visit Yvonne today to enter to win one of the fabulous prizes. Hope you hop on over to my new block mates today to check out their creations as well. And remember to check back Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for more fun and inspiration and chances to win!