I am excited to share with you a pattern that I invented this week. And I am sharing it free. I ask only for you to give me credit if you use it, the pattern is mine, the blocks you make with it are yours. Thank you….signed Dawn, Webmaster of Myquiltprojects.wordpress.com
Now, the formality is done lets get busy with the tutorial.
A 6 patch, this is probably known by another name, but for our purposes we are calling it a 6 patch today. A scrappy simple block. For this block you will need one 4 1/2 inch square and five 2 1/2 inch squares.
Sew the left two 2 1/2 inch squares together. Then sew the three remaining 2 1/2 inch squares together like sew. Press seams up and to the right.
Next sew the the left sewn two squares to the 4 1/2 inch square.
Now, you will take the bottom row of sewn 2 1/2 inch blocks and sew those to the bottom of the joined 4 1/2 inch block. Press seams out from the 4 1/2 inch block.
Lookin’ mighty scrappy so far! And you have completed your 6 patch block. This is a great scrap buster. I had so much fun pulling fabrics for this. But best of all I used up almost all of my 2 1/2 mini charm packs. Great variety, no cutting, win win!
The rest of this tutorial is a brainstorm I had a few night ago. You see I am in a block swap. These 6 patch beauties will be swapped for someone else’s. I kept thinking, how am I going to make this my own and make it different than the other swap members?
I decided on using my Folded corners ruler. I was playing around on the ironing board and came up with the idea by actually folding the corners of 4 of these blocks and magic happened!
By snowballing a large square and a small square on a 6 patch, and joining 4 together it makes a secondary block. A spool! How appropriate!
So the tutorial continues. I chose cheddar as the spool color. Even though the whole quilt will be scrappy, I have decided to tie them all together with a cheddar color. You could use any color, have fun with it.
For each 6 patch you will need one 4 1/2 inch square of cheddar, and one 2 1/2 inch square of cheddar.
Place your 4 1/2 inch square of cheddar with right sides together to your 6 patch block aligning with the existing 4 1/2 inch square.
Using the Folded Corners Ruler, by Doug Leko, trim your corner. This ruler is amazingly accurate! Perfect for snowballing!
Now you have two seams to sew, one on the 6 patch and one bonus HST.
In the next step you will use your 6 patch and align your cheddar with right sides together in the opposite corner from your previous snowballing. Using your ruler, snowball. Sew the 6 patch cheddar trimmed seam as well as your bonus HST.
Finger press, and then iron. I am pressing all of my cheddar seams towards the cheddar.
And you are now ready to join 4 snowballed 6 patches together alternating large and small cheddar to get this block below.
The great thing about this secondary block, it will go throughout the quilt making these spools magically appear. I have always wanted a cheddar quilt. I am well on my way. All of those bonus HSTs will be incorporated as corner stones around the perimeter of the quilt top. I am far from showing you that portion, but am certain it will happen soon. Here are some examples of my bonus HSTs.
My fun has just begun with this scrappy project. Just working a tad here and a little here, I have already sewn almost 65 blocks with cheddar goodness. It is sew great to use up all those scraps, and to move fabric out of the stash. I hope I have been clear on the instructions. Please if there is something you do not understand, pose a question in the comments section. Thank you for reading my blog!