Boy oh boy, this quilt along is moving right along! We only have 4 weeks to go, to a finish! Today we will be making a 12 inch block that I refer to section B4 in the grid. None of these blocks are hard, and I hope I can teach you a new technique, which is how I am going to start.
We are going to build the Argyle block. This block will measure at 6 1/2 inches unfinished and 6 inches in the quilt. You will need to select two neutral fabrics (recommendation). You can go scrappy with this and make each piece a different fabric. First things first, in order to sew and cut this, you will need to download and print the templates.
I have opted to go completely to use the templates, not sure how to do this any other way. So cut out your templates, ensuring you are trimming your corners properly and lay these pieces of the fabric and either trace with a frixon pin (wrong side of fabric), or, place template on fabrics and trim using a straight edge template in alignment with template. See video on my youtube channel for clarification.
Cut one piece for G
Cut two pieces for D
Cut 4 pieces for E
I first cut the white fabric into a strip that measures 3 1/2 inches for piece E. And I also cut a tan strip that measures 3 1/4 inches for pieces D and G. Now I lay the templates on the fabric and proceed to cut out the shapes. Take note that the triangles are not the same size if you turn them the wrong way. While cutting your pieces the letter on the template signifies the direction of the triangle. Make sure how you read the letter is how the triangle is to point upward, otherwise you will have to call a divorce lawyer and have the seam ripper divorce the marriage of fabrics (funny and not funny…)
Because we sewed this diamond with the triangles, we have created a straight line, so no Y seams, yay!
Next you will sew the remaining triangles to piece D.
No matter what pieces you are sewing, the templates have three points on each end. If you align the middle point of each of these pieces, it will guarantee your seams will match up. If they do not match up, readjust your seam allowance and try again.
Now the argyle block is ready for its final construction, just two more seams to go. Again, align the middle point on the starting and ending edge when you sew. This will allow your diamond to be perfectly nested to its mate next door.
If you pressed to the dark side on the large diamond segment, you will also press towards the half diamond segment. That way your seams will nest beautifully. You can always press towards the triangles too. Pressing is totally up to you on this block.
Trim block to 6 1/2 inches. Argyle block complete. Set aside.
Onto the 9 patch
This block I used three fabrics. Use as many as suitable for the style you are going for.
Of these fabrics I am opting to use the darker prints for my HSTs. We will be making 4. There are two methods, Easy Angle ruler and draw a line method.
If you are drawing a line, cut two squares of 2 fabrics that measure 3 inches. Draw a line from corner to corner on the lighter of the two prints. Sew on each side of the line. Cut on the drawn line. Press to the darker print. Trim HSTs to 2 1/2 inches square. Set aside.
If you are using the easy angle ruler, cut two strips of fabric that are 2 1/2 inches wide. With right sides together, place template on the strip at the 2 1/2 inch mark with black tip hanging off the edge. Cut 4 pairs. Sew a scant 1/4 inch. Press to the dark side and trim to 2 1/2 inches if necessary. Set aside.
If you are using the draw a line method, you will need to cut your neutral squares qty 2 each of two different fabrics at 3 inches. Draw a line and sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line, cut into to pieces. Press to the dark side and trim to 2 1/2 inches.
5 Blocks light fabric 2 1/2 inches
Make a 9 patch with your pieces.
Press as you wish. I recommend spinning your seams and nesting all seams.
Now onto the blue broken dish block.
Select your fabrics, I opted to go with two blues. You could certainly make this scrappy as you want.
Above I have selected my fabrics for the next block which is going to be making QSTs. I opted for using two fabrics total for this block, you could certainly go very scrappy with this. If you chose to go scrappy with this, I recommend cutting your pieces to the template pieces that you can print out. We are only going to be using one method for this and that is cutting 2 squares of each fabric that measure 5 inches square.
With right sides together cut the square from corner to corner. Sew on each long edge. Place the HST on top of the other HST matching light fabric to dark fabric and dark fabric to light fabric. Cut again from corner to corner and sew on the long edge. This gives you two QST blocks. You will repeat this method to make two more blocks. Trim to 3 1/2 inches. Make a 4 patch. Sew your 4 patch and press as you wish. I chose to spin my seams on all pressing of making the QST blocks. Ensure your block measures 6 1/2 inches. Set block aside
And now lets make the friendship star block.
I recommend only three fabrics for this block. I made this block twice. Both were fails. I recommend picking a common background fabric for the HSTs as well as the 4 patch blocks. I also recommend your darkest fabric used for the friendship star part of the block.
First you will make your 4 patch segments. I would cut strip sets at 1 1/2 inches from two fabrics, a light fabric and a medium blue fabric. Then subcut those sewn strips into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Sew together making a 4 patch with dark and light corners opposing one another.
Here are mine. I do not recommend going scrappy. Open and spin seams.
If you chose to make your HSTs using the draw a line method you will start out with 2 squares of 2 different fabrics at 3 inches. Draw a line from corner to corner and sew on each side of the line with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Cut on the drawn line. Open seam and press to the dark side, trim to 2 1/2 inches. Make 4 HSTs.
If you are using the easy angle method, cut two strips of two different fabrics at 2 1/2 inches. With right sides together cut 4 pairs of triangles. Sew on the long side. Finger press seam open to the dark side. Trim to 2 1/2 inches if necessary.
Layout your 9 patch, notice the circles on these fabrics. I recommend your 4 patches made of two colors, make where the circles are, the darker fabrics (in example of hst above, make it the lighter blue background fabric), and where the circles are not, use an even lighter fabric.
I made another block, and still am dissatisfied with it.
Place all your blocks together and sew them in a 4 patch
Congratulations, you have made it through another week of my torturous patterns. 🙂 I hope you will continue along with me next week, (next week is a way easier quadrant of this quilt along). And if you would like you might get to see a blooper reel on instagram so make sure to follow along there as well. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!