Monday, September 12, 2016

Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop, hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs, Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl and Stephanie of Late Night Quilter. Using the Organic Cirrus fabrics from Cloud 9 (shown here in one of the Christmas gifts my daughter made me, Mom brag!) designers from all over the globe designed a 12" finished block to share with you. 
You are in for a treat!


PBJ is just one stop on this amazing blog hop, so please make sure you stop by the other blogs that will be listed at the end of this tutorial. You will kick yourself if you don't!

My block, Lassi, derived it's name from the first letters of the colors used (yes, I totally copped out on the naming of this block, and I'm not afraid to admit it), Lilac, Amazon, Sky, Shadow and Iris.


This was really fun to design and make, I hope you enjoy it.
To get the PDF version click here.

CUTTING

Shadow - Cut two 4 1/2" squares, cut twice on the diagonal
Amazon (darker blue)- Cut four 4 1/2" squares, cut once on the diagonal
Sky - Cut four 2 5/8" squares
Iris (darker purple) - Cut sixteen 2 3/4" squares
Lilac - Cut eight 3 1/2" squares

INSTRUCTIONS - note: tutorial is in a different order then the PDF file. 

I am using fat quarters for this block. I folded them so that they measured 18 x 11. 
First, I cut a straight edge along the 18" top.


Then I cut a straight edge along the 11" left side ( I am right handed).


All of the fat quarters get squared off like this, and then I cut all my pieces starting from the left.


We are going to start by making the flying geese units. These units will be over sized and we will trim them down when they are pieced.

After I have cut my 4 1/2" squares of Shadow, I need to cut them on the diagonal twice. 
This is my first cut:


Second cut:


When separated you should have four triangles:


For the Amazon square, I will only cut once on the diagonal:


The last piece needed for the flying geese blocks are the Sky squares:



Your first step is to add the Shadow triangles to your Sky squares.


Press towards the triangle.




Add the next Shadow triangle, paying close attention to which way it is turned this should look like a large right triangle. 



Press towards the triangle.



You should have a nice straight edge where the triangles meet.


Next we are gong to add the Amazon triangles.

Flip the pieced triangle over the Amazon triangle, remember these are over sized, so you should have extra fabric on either side. Just eyeball the center, it doesn't need to be exact.


Stitch and press towards triangle.


Add second Amazon triangle.






Next we will trim them down to 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". I use the Wing Clipper. (LOVE IT!) Excuse the freaky reflection, I hope you don't have nightmares!




Next we have our "diamond" blocks. These use the Iris.


We will be marking the diagonal on the wrong side of each square.


We will also be using our Iris blocks.



Sew an Iris square to an Lilac square, stitching just inside the drawn line (so you are closer to the corner then the middle).


If you are interested in using up those extra corners we will be trimming off, follow the next set of instructions, otherwise, press towards the triangle and trim off excess.

Mark a second line 1/2" from the line you just stitched.


Stitch just next to that drawn line, this time closer to the center then the corner.


Cut 1/4" from the seam.


Now you have an extra half square triangle. 

Remember, this is EXTRA. You can use it in another project, or I like to piece a block to add to the back of the quilt.

Repeat with a second Lilac square. Here you can either draw the extra line to get more half square triangles, or just press towards the triangle and trim the excess.


Your diamond block.



Next we will make the block.

The center comes first, and you will use four of your diamond blocks.

Position as shown, you will need two of these.



Stitch down the center and press to the side.

*Hint* Slow your stitching down as you go over this seam. The seams should be going the same direction, so there is a lot of fabric there, but I have found just slowing down allows the machine to walk over it fairly easily.



Stitch the center seam. 

I completely forgot to take pictures as I put my rows together. Whoops! I stitch my block top, middle, bottom and then stitch those rows together. Rows 1 and 3 I pressed out, Row 2 I pressed towards the center. You can do it however you prefer.


LASSI

Don't forget to check out the hosts, because there were blocks shared yesterday, and there are more blocks coming tomorrow!  It's like Christmas, your birthday, my birthday and Santa Claus' birthday all wrapped up in a big fat quilt! Did I mention there are prizes? I told you it's your birthday.

Happy Stitching!
Jen  

Check out today's featured blogs:

Sarah @123 Quilt
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Stephanie @Quilt'n Party
























67 comments:

  1. That is a great one! Would love to see a mockup for a full quilt in that - I think it would be amazing ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Thank you, Said With Love! I am hoping to pull something together to show later.

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  2. Nothing short of marvellous! YOu came up with a very beautiful design.

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    1. Thank you so much, Puppilalla. I appreciate the kind comment.

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  3. Jen, what a great star block! With the strong diagonal lines, this block will be fantastic in a whole quilt!

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    1. Thank you, Paige, I hope to share something soon.

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  4. This is a lovely block, it'll make a wonderful quilt.Nicely done๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Thank you, Alice Samuel's Quilt Co! I enjoyed the process.

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  5. Very cool block! and don't you just love the Wing Clipper?

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  6. Lassi is gorgeous and your tutorial is perfect. It will make up into a pretty quilt.

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer, I hope to show a pretty quilt soon.

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  7. Lassi is gorgeous and your tutorial is perfect. It will make up into a pretty quilt.

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  8. The creativity on these blocks...Beautifully done!

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    1. Thank you, it was such a treat to see what others designed.

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  9. This is a WOW block! -very nice! Thank you

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  10. I really like the creative way you named your block, I don't think I would have thought of that! I like the continuity of the diagonal line in the block and the way it looks like a fancy ribbon and package tied up as a gift. Thanks so much for joining the hop!

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    1. Thank you for hosting! I like your description of Lassi. :)

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  11. It's lovely Jen, and a great tutorial, very clear. It will make a lovely quilt.
    Smiles
    Kate

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  12. I really like this block a lot. I may have to make a bunch of these!

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  13. What an excellent block - love it! Really. I want to make a pillow from it. Great work and thanks for sharing.

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  14. Oh Jen this block is stunning .... love the clean crisp lines you have achieved. Another to add to my to do list!!!

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  15. Really gorgeous! And you did a great job on the tutorial. I can't wait to make some of these blocks!!

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  16. Great tutorial and block! Your photos are crisp and your instructions are very clear. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I'm still working on my photography skills. :)

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  17. such a pretty block. thanks for the great tutorial

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  18. I really like this one! I can envision it in all kinds of colorways and prints. Great tutorial!

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    1. Thank you. I love that you can envision different colorways. What a great compliment to the design!

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  19. Jen... this is a beautiful block. Your photos are wonderful as is the written tutorial. I love the photo of the block on the Adirondack chair.

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    1. Thank you, the chair is my current go to for pictures. ;)

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  20. I love this block! The star is beautiful and the strong diagonal lines would make for a great secondary pattern :)

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    1. Thank you! I am hoping to get a quilt up soon.

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  21. This is a stunning block.Great tutorial!

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  22. This is a very pretty block and great tutorial.

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  23. Great block and I like the way you display it!

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  24. This is such a great block design. I especially like the way the "x" travels from the middle square into the outer ones.

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    1. Thank you. I messed around with that center for awhile, and the "x" was my favorite.

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  25. This a fantastic design, Jen! Love how you came up with the name. ;) Can't wait to try this one out!

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    1. Thank you. I hope you share when you do!

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  26. I'm not sure what I love more, the central X or the light blue triangles that pop! Well done :)

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  27. What a great square! I love stars and this is such a unique look with the X. Great job!

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  28. Love this block, Jen! Adding that x is a great touch!

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    1. Thank you, Sue. I tried a couple different centers, this was my favorite.

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  29. Very pretty block! I do love the name and it is creative. So far I haven't found anyone who named their block that way. Very nice tutorial and the pic on the ruler is also creative. Don't apologize for that, it was a great addition to the tutorial. My niece once took a pic of herself in the mirror and when they printed it out, they saw a reflection of herself with her camera in her eye. It was pretty amazing. Thanks for the pattern. Karen

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    1. Thanks! I didn't catch it until I was writing the post. Ha!

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  30. Love it! Star blocks are my favorite, and yours is wonderful. Very clear tutorial. Awesome job!

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  31. I'm loving your block! The tutorial information and pictures are great.

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    1. Thank you! If you make one, I hope you share. :)

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