Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Quilt Block Tutorial

Many of my family members have asked for a tutorial for the quilt block for my brother's quilt.  He was recently diagnosed with leukemia. 
I decided to make a quilt for signatures.  This is what I came up with.

For this block you will need the following pieces:
beige center: cut one 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle
Orange outer "bricks" cut two 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
and two 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles.
Lay them out as pictured below:
 Using a scant 1/4" sew one rectangle to the beige center and press toward the colored piece, away from the center beige rectangle.
 Then sew the next rectangle to the opposite side and press away from the center piece.
 Take one of the longer rectangles and place it face up on your table and allign the center section face down on top of the strip so you can make sure the seams stay where you have pressed them and sew one side of the rectangle on.
 Flip this piece out and press again toward the orange strip.
 Sew the remaining strip to the other side and press outward from the center. Your block should measure 6.5" x 8.5".  If it is too small, your 1/4" seam allowance is too big, try moving your needle over to the right, or making a line with a piece of masking tape on the sewing machine bed. 
Sign your block within the center rectangle and use a permanent ultra fine point pen.  Heat set the ink so it will not run.  I use Pigma pens, which can be found at JoAnn's, Michael's or Hobby Lobby.

Send your blocks to me quickly if you are making one, leave a comment if you need my address, I won't be posting it here on my blog.


Anonymous said...

If we thus have "old-fashioned" 22" wide fat quarters, a 2.5" strip across the FQ will do it, because the block specifications call for a total of 2.5" x 22" of orange fabric. (IF the quilter cuts perfectly....)

Recent quilting fabrics have been edging down from 44" wide to 42" wide or even less, when those large white selvages show up, so anyone helping Mary, pls be sure before just whacking away at the FQ.

And, Mary: this whole situation is just unbelievable....


We Are A Happy Family said...

How is the quilt coming? I would love to see the finished product before you mail it off.


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