Building Blocks I - SQUARES

Posted by deonnstott on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Building Blocks

"Pieceful Beginnings" 
Building Blocks Sampler
42" x 42" Quilt Along "Sweet Nothings" Sampler 

  • New to quilting? 
  • Want to try some quick, fun techniques? 
  • Want to perfect your awesome skills?

Over the next three months, we’ll explore basic quilt blocks used in nearly every pieced quilt.  Gather a few of your favorite fabrics, follow along and you’ll have enough blocks to make a fabulous quilt!  Later we’ll follow up with “Finishing School” lessons on setting, sashing, borders and how to “grow” your quilt to any size you’d like.  Are you ready??  Let’s quilt!!

Deonn

COURSE INSTRUCTOR:   Deonn @ Quiltscapes 

COURSE SUPPLIES:

Please refer to "Tips, Tricks & Tools" for information on assembling a basic sewing kit, etc.

Yardage Requirements:
Print #A ............................... 3/8 yard  
Coordinating Print #B ......  1 Fat Quarter (18” x 21”)
Background #C .................. 1/2 yard
Inner Border #D ................. 3/8 yard
Outer Print #E ...................  3/4 yard
Binding ...............................  1/4 yard
Backing ...............................  1-1/8 yards   

COURSE INSTRUCTIONS:

Lesson I:  SQUARES
PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONS

Anyone can cut squares and sew them together into a four patch.  But we've got some fun "twists" to try today!  A little bit of fabric and a few minutes will yield great results!  Here's a link to my Flickr Photostream for using squares in quilt blocks.  It will take us through some simple steps using squares, strips, and sometimes even sewing "inside out"!  You'll ♥ it!

 

Here is a link to my Flickr set with detailed step-by-step cutting and stitching instructions:  

 

 

View as a slideshow, or click ↓ on each picture for details.
PHOTO TUTORIAL
 
 

IMPORTANT:  Because sampler blocks may have a differing number of seams in each block, it's important to sew with consistent, accurate 1/4" seam allowance.  Make sure to include the stitches when you measure your seam allowance.  See last month's "Tips, Tricks & Tools" lesson for more ideas and to learn about the MAGIC TWIST.

Double 4-Patch
Double 4-Patch
Fabric A (small squares):  one 2-3/4"  x  12" strip (slides 3-9) 
OR one 5-1/2" square (slides 10-17)
Coordinating print B (large squares):  two 5" squares
Background print C (small squares:  one 2-3/4" x 12" strip
OR one 5-1/2" square
Sew together (slides 18-22)

Rail Fence
Rail Fence
Fabric A:  one 2" x 21" strip
Coordinating Print B:  one 2" x 21" strip
Background Print C:  one 2" x 21" strip
(slides 23-29)

Inside-Out 9-Patches
Inside-Out 9-Patches
Coordinating Print B:  one 10-1/2" square
Background Print C:  one 10-1/2" square

PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONS

Each of these blocks and methods can be used for an entire quilt.   Next Month:  TRIANGLES

Hope you had fun trying some of these techniques!  If you have any questions, please post a comment or send an email.  You're always welcome to stop by my blog for a visit!  Happy Quilting!


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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing on how to make this one. There are all adorable. I want to try to make this at home. - Incredible Discoveries
    by Jamie Sanchez
    March 26th, 2012 at 5:13 p.m.


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