Welcome to the freebie block of week 9! Can you believe that this quilt top is nearing completion? Time flies when you are having fun. I hope your tummies are ready for Thanksgiving, this weeks block is an easy one. It will be easy to catch up later, or sew when you have a houseful. This is probably the quickest block.
Here are the downloadable templates, always available to print and download when you need them most. This is an easy week, and you probably will not need them.
This may print upside down, but after it prints you can just turn the sheet around. 🙂
Lets dive in a create a 6 1/2 inch HST. All you need are two squares that measure 7 inches.
Due to fabric waste, I am only going to demonstrate the draw a line method.
Chose one of your neutral fabrics and draw a line from corner to corner. Sew a 1/4 inch on each side of the line. Cut on the line. Press to either side. Retain one HST for the quilt. This method will give you two HSTs. Place the second HST with your other orphan blocks to be used in another project.
You will then trim to 6 1/2 inches.
Next quadrant is a simple 9 patch. Select two neutral fabrics that compliment each other with a little bit of contrast between the two.
I selected a gray white print and a white for my neutrals. Your BOM will depend on where you want your emphasis. Do you want your standard nine patch to have emphasis in the corners and middle? Cut 5 pieces of your darker neutral fabric. And your lighter fabric will be assigned to the other 4 squares. All squares in this block are 2 1/2 inches.
- Five 2 1/2 inch darker neutral squares
- Four 2 1/2 inch squares of light neutral
Layout your 9 patch and start sewing your pieces together, just like in all of our other 9 patches we have built already in this quilt.
Pressing instructions, press your first and last row of blocks outward. Press the middle row inward. Spin your seams if you desire, but definitely nest them as you sew your rows together!
Lets get some color going. Our next block is a simple rail fence. In the video tutorial for this block, if you will note where you have been in this sew along, alot of the 9 patches are neutrals. If you want to make a color 9 patch and make your rail fence neutral, go for it!
I have selected three prints, you could get away with only using 2. I went from light to dark. I think my lightest print was a tad too light. Keep this in mind for value in your quilt. You want it to look blue next to all the surrounding blocks. Contrast is key.
You will cut your strips 2 1/2 by 6 1/2 and sew them together. Press as you wish! Easy so far eh? Don’t forget to trim this to 6 1/2 inches.
And the last block is an hourglass block. We have already made this block in week 5. We made it in blue then as well. This would be a great time to decide if you want another blue block or make this one neutral. I went ahead and made mine blue, but changed the layout of the darks and lights. This transformed the block and made it look completely different.
Here are my fabric choices, you could jazz this up anyway you wish. I kept mine a bit more formal and less scrappy.
- 2 dark blue squares measuring 4 1/2 inches
- 2 lighter blue squares measuring 4 1/2 inches
Place right sides together of a light and dark print. Cut from corner to corner.
Cut from corner to corner again.
Layout your hourglass, and sew each quadrant of this block.
After sewing hourglass blocks or QSTs, trim to 3 1/2 inches.
Layout and sew your 4 patch. The way I have laid this block out, I am calling it a Harlequinn pattern.
Press as you wish!
Trim block to 6 1/2 inches.
Let’s sew all the 4 quadrants together.
How are you all coming on this sew along? Are you keeping up? Are you enjoying the challenge? Like using scraps? How are you deviating the pattern? Any questions, comments, concerns, clarifications? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.
And as always, thank you for reading my blog!