Sunday, June 18, 2017

Here a Square, There a Square ~ A new block tutorial

Welcome to my stop on the Sew Much Fun Blog Hop!



Thank you so much to Jen of Faith and Fabric Designs for hosting this awesome blog hop. Make sure you check out the other blocks shared by the bloggers listed at the end of this tutorial.


Today I have a block tutorial to share, as well as requirements and instructions to make a lap sized quilt. Enjoy Here a Square, There a Square!



Supplies needed for ONE block

Teal:
1 - 4 7/8" squares ~ cut once on the diagonal
1 - 4 1/2" square

White:
 1 - 4 7/8" squares ~ cut once on the diagonal
2 - 3" squares
4 - 1 1/2" squares

Black:
1 - 5 1/4" square
4 - 2 7/8" squares
4 - 2 7/8" squares ~ cut once on the diagonal

Grey:
1 - 5 1/4" square
2 - 3" squares
4 - 2 7/8" squares

Download the instructions for the block and lap sized quilt HERE.
Fabric Requirements HERE.


Center Square





On the wrong side of your white 1 1/2" squares draw a line on the diagonal




Align a white square in one corner of your 4 1/2" teal square, right sides together. Note the direction of the drawn line.




Stitch just along the drawn line, keeping your needle on the side closest to the outside corner.




Repeat for each corner.




Set your seam by pressing briefly with a hot iron, then press triangles towards the outer corner.




Trim excess. Set aside.

Flying Geese





On the wrong side of  the grey 2 7/8" squares, draw a line on the diagonal.




Lay two grey squares on the 5 1/4" black square, right sides together. Note the direction of the drawn lines.




Stitch 1/4" on one side of the drawn line. On my 1/4" foot I like to keep the drawn line under the foot, not alongside it.




Rotate block and stitch a 1/4" from drawn line.




Cut on the drawn line.




Set your seams with a quick press, then press towards the triangles.




Place a grey 2 7/8" square on each new unit, noting direction of the drawn line.




Stitch 1/4" on either side of the drawn line.




Cut on the drawn line.




Set seams and press towards triangles. Trim to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" if necessarily.




Repeat with grey 5 1/4" square and black 2 7/8" squares

Line up  Flying Geese units as above.



Stitch so you can see where the point would meet the seam. Press down towards black FG unit.


Corner Units

Using the 3" white and grey blocks, make four half square triangles (HST).




Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white squares.




Match one white square with one grey square, right sides together. Sew a 1/4" on either side of the drawn line.




Cut on the drawn line.




Set your seams with a quick press, press towards grey.
Square to 2 1/2". To see how I make my HST units see this post.




Add a black triangle to your squared HST. Note the direction of the triangles, as well as the position of the HST.




Stitch one side, set seam, press towards triangle.




Repeat with second triangle.




Repeat for last three HST units.




Add the white triangles to two of these units and the teal triangles to the other two units.




I like to stitch these pieces together with the pieced unit on top so I can make sure I don't lose that point. Stitch carefully, and slow down if you need to. The triangle pieces are cut on the bias, so they will stretch if you aren't careful, don't pull or push, just guide.




Press towards triangles. These units should measure 4 1/2" square.

Block Assembly





Lay out your block. Note where the large white and teal triangles are placed.




Sew the units in each row together. Press the top and bottom rows towards the Flying Geese units and the middle row out towards the Flying Geese units.




Sew rows together. Press towards top and bottom rows.

If I am making a quilt that uses the same block throughout, I will use that opportunity to chain piece as much as possible. With this block I would make each section at a time. 30 center, 60 Flying Geese, and so on, and then assemble all of the blocks. I do this only after I have made one block to make sure it is correct.



The lap sized version of Here a Square, There a Square.

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Make sure you check out the other bloggers and the blocks they have designed just for you.

Happy Stitching!
Jen

Sew Much Fun Blog Hop ~ Summer Block Party

Jen of Faith and Fabric Design
Michelle of Michelle Bartholomew
Leanne of Devoted Quilter
Gina of Quilts and Cakes
Laura of Slice of Pi Quilts
Amanda of Amanda Jane Textiles
Kathy of Kathy Kwilts
Rachel of Rachel Rossi Design






10 comments:

  1. Hello Jen. Thanks for a really clear tutorial and a great block. Amanda

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  2. Great block, Jen! I love the secondary pattern it makes :)

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    1. Thanks, Leanne! I love one block quilts.

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  3. WOW! Love this! I've not done flying geese, but love your tutorial here. May actually try them now :)

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    1. Betty, that is the greatest compliment! I hope you do try them, and enjoy them! :)

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  4. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  5. This block is perfect - and so are your points! Really like how crisp it looks in all solid tones.

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