Block of the Month – April 2020

Block D – April 2020 features 7 narrow strips and a larger rectangle set against a background of contrasting fabric. The strips and rectangle can be cut from the same fabric or you can choose different fabrics and colours for each piece, the choice is yours.

You can use the colour-in sheets at the end of this blog post to try out different ideas. You will need a different fabric background, and preferably one that will make the strips stand out.

Block D – April 2020

Click here for all the ‘Block of the Month’ blocks published so far.

Materials:

All measurements below include a seam allowance of 0.25″.

For the strips (pieces A) from patterned/solid fabric:

A – 7 x (3.5″ x 1″)

For the rectangle (piece D) from patterned/solid fabric:

D – 2″ x 5.5″

For the background (pieces B, C, E), ALL cut from the same fabric, ideally from a contrasting fabric to the strips and rectangle:

B – 6 x (3.5″ x 0.75″)
C – 3 x (1″ x 5.5″)
E – 2 x (6.5″ x 1″)

The finished block should measure 6.5″ square including seam allowances.

Piecing:

Sew your cut pieces as indicated below, sewing right sides together and pressing seams to one side as you go.

Quilt layouts

Below are some ideas of quilts you can make using this simple block and also combining it with blocks from previous months (January 2020, February 2020 and March 2020). You can play around with your colour/fabric choices to achieve some stunning effects.

The designs featured below are based on either a 5 x 5 or a 6 x 6 grid, which would result in quilts with a finished size (not including binding) of 30″ x 30″ or 36″ x 36″, respectively.

Whatever size you go for, when you come to piecing the quilt, first sew together the blocks in each row. Press seams in each row in alternating directions, and then sew the rows together. Create a quilt sandwich with wadding and backing fabric, then quilt as desired, bind and add a label to complete it.

Colouring-in sheets

Try out different colour schemes with the colouring-in sheets below. To print the sheets, right click on the image and select ‘open image in new tab’. Then you can print the page – make sure your print settings are set to what you want. My preference is to fit the image to the page so I get a full sheet with the picture.

You can also enjoy my other free patterns on my blog:

Happiness quilt and Pirate quilt.

Small patchwork bag charm and Small bag charm with Suffolk Puff centre.

Block of the Month – March 2020

Block C – March 2020 features 7 strips of increasing widths, arranged in pyramidal form. As with previous Blocks A (January 2020) and B (February 2020) the strips are of a patterned or solid colour fabric set against a background of contrasting fabric.

The strips can be cut from the same fabric or you can choose different fabrics and colours for each strip, the choice is yours. You can use the colour-in sheets at the end of this blog post to try out different ideas. You will need a different fabric to the one/s used for the strips, for the background, and preferably one that will make the strips stand out.

Block C – March 2020

Click here for all the ‘Block of the Month’ blocks published so far.

Materials:

All measurements include seam allowance of 0.25″.

For the strips (pieces A1-A7) from patterned/solid fabric:

A1 – 1″ x 1″
A2 – 1.5″ x 1″
A3 – 2″ x 1″
A4 – 2.5″ x 1″
A5 – 3.5″ x 1″
A6 – 4.5″ x 1″
A7 – 5.5″ x 1″

For the background (pieces B1-B7, C, D), ALL cut from the same fabric, ideally from a contrasting fabric to the strips:

B1 – 2 x (3.25″ x 1″)
B2 – 2 x (3″ x 1″
B3 – 2 x (2.75″ x 1″)
B4 – 2 x (2.5″ x 1″)
B5 – 2 x (2″ x 1″)
B6 – 2 x (1.5″ x 1″)
B7 – 2 x (1″ x 1″)

C – 6 x (6.5″ x 0.75″)
D – 2 x (6.5″ x 1″)

The finished block should measure 6.5″ square including seam allowances.

Piecing:

Sew your cut pieces as indicated below, sewing right sides together and pressing seams to one side as you go.

Make sure the centres of the A shapes in each strip are lined up neatly to get the pyramidal effect of the block.

Quilt layouts

Below are some ideas of quilts you can make using this simple block, and one includes blocks from previous months. You can play around with your colour/fabric choices to achieve some stunning effects.

The designs featured below range from 6 x 6, 8 x 8 and 10 x 10 grids, which would result in quilts with a finished size (not including binding) of 36″ x 36″, 48″ x 48″ and 60″ x 60″ respectively.

Whatever size you go for, when you come to piecing the quilt, first sew together the blocks in each row. Press seams in each row in alternating directions, and then sew the rows together. Create a quilt sandwich with wadding and backing fabric, then quilt as desired, bind and add a label to complete it.

Colouring-in sheets

Try out different colour schemes with the colouring-in sheets below. To print the sheets, right click on the image and select ‘open image in new tab’. Then you can print the page – make sure your print settings are set to what you want. My preference is to fit the image to the page so I get a full sheet with the picture.

You can also enjoy my other free patterns on my blog:

Happiness quilt and Pirate quilt.

Small patchwork bag charm and Small bag charm with Suffolk Puff centre.

Block of the Month – February 2020

Block B – February 2020 features 7 strips of increasing widths. As with Block A (January 2020), the strips are of a patterned or solid colour fabric set against a background of contrasting fabric. The strips can be cut from the same fabric or you can choose different fabrics and colours for each strip, the choice is yours. You can use the colour-in sheets at the end of this blog post to try out different ideas. You will need a different fabric to the one/s used for the strips, for the background, and preferably one that will make the strips stand out.

Block B – February 2020

Click here for all the ‘Block of the Month’ blocks published so far.

Materials:

All measurements include seam allowance of 0.25″.

For the strips (pieces A1-A7) from patterned/solid fabric:

A1 – 1.5″ x 1″
A2 – 2″ x 1″
A3 – 2.5″ x 1″
A4 – 4″ x 1″
A5 – 4.5″ x 1″
A6 – 5″ x 1″
A7 – 5.5″ x 1″

For the background (pieces B, C1-C7, D, E), ALL cut from the same fabric, ideally from a contrasting fabric to the strips:

B – 14 x (1″ x 1″)

C1 – 5″ x 1″
C2 – 4.5″ x 1″
C3 – 4″ x 1″
C4 – 2.5″ x 1″
C5 – 2″ x 1″
C6 – 1.5″ x 1″
C7 – 1″ x 1″

D – 6 x (6.5″ x 0.75″)
E – 2 x (6.5″ x 1″)

The finished block should measure 6.5″ square including seam allowances.

Piecing:

Sew your cut pieces as indicated below, sewing right sides together and pressing seams to one side as you go.

And if you were doing it in the mirror image:

Quilt layouts

Below are some ideas of quilts you can make using this simple block, using both the original and mirror image versions. For the four designs below I have used white as the background fabric and for the strips I have used either just one or two colours/tones.

You will need to decide how big you want your quilt. The designs below are based on either a 6 x 6 or an 8 x 8 grid, which would result in a 36″ x 36″ or 48″ x 48″ (plus binding) quilt, respectively, suitable for a wall-hanging or a lap quilt.

Whatever size you go for, when you come to piecing the quilt, first sew together the blocks in each row. Press seams in each row in alternating directions, and then sew the rows together. Create a quilt sandwich with wadding and backing fabric, then quilt as desired, bind and add a label to complete it.

Or you can go bolder and choose more striking colour combinations:

Colouring-in sheets

Try out different colour schemes with the colouring-in sheets below. To print the sheets, right click on the image and select ‘open image in new tab’. Then you can print the page – make sure your print settings are set to what you want. My preference is to fit the image to the page so I get a full sheet with the picture.

You can also enjoy my other free patterns on my blog:

Happiness quilt and Pirate quilt.

Small patchwork bag charm and Small bag charm with Suffolk Puff centre.

New for 2020: Block of the Month with COLOUR-IN sheets!

Welcome to my new Block of the Month for 2020! Every month this year I will feature a new block with guidelines illustrating how to piece it together, as well as ideas on how to create a variety of different layouts for patchwork quilts using the block. I will also provide ‘colour in’ sheets for the various layouts so that you can do your own colouring-in and try out different colour schemes at home.

I think we all know that stunning quilts can be made from very simple blocks (‘Around the World’ springs to mind, which is essentially based on a square patch), and that’s one of things I love about patchwork quilting. By carefully selecting the colours and fabrics you use, and by playing around with the layout and/or orientation of the blocks, you can take what might be quite a simple block and turn it into something that looks far more complex.

My plan this year is to focus on relatively simple blocks, based on squares and rectangles, suitable for beginners. As the year progresses, the ideas for the quilt layouts I will provide will incorporate blocks from previous months with the idea that patterns will become a little more varied, complex and interesting.

All the blocks will be 6″ square finished size (so 6.5″ square including seams).

I hope you enjoy the blocks! And if you make any, please feel free to show me a piccie or two!


Mel x

January 2020 – Block A

Block A features 7 strips of a patterned or solid colour fabric set against a background of contrasting fabric. The strips can be cut from the same fabric or you can choose different fabrics and colours for each strip, the choice is yours. You can use the colour-in sheets at the end of this blog post to try out different ideas. You will need a different fabric to the one/s used for the strips, for the background, and preferably one that will make the strips stand out.

Materials:

All measurements below include a seam allowance of 0.25″.

For the strips (pieces A) from patterned/solid fabric:

A – 7 x (5.5″ x 1″)

For the background (pieces B, C, D), ALL cut from the same fabric, ideally from a contrasting fabric to the strips:

B – 14 x (1″ x 1″)
C – 6 x (6.5″ x 0.75″)
D – 2 x (6.5″ x 1″)

The finished block should measure 6.5″ square.

Piecing:

Sew your cut pieces as indicated below, sewing right sides together and pressing seams to one side as you go.

Quilt layouts

Below are some ideas of quilts you can make using this simple block. For the images below, I used the same colour throughout, in different tones to create an ombré effect (very popular at the moment). Of course you can use a variety of colours/patterns to create a completely different effect.

You will need to decide how big you want your quilt. The designs below are based on a 5 x 5 grid, which would result in a 30″ x 30″ (plus binding) quilt – suitable for a wall-hanging or a lap quilt.

Whatever size you go for, when you come to piecing the quilt, first sew together the blocks in each row. Press seams in each row in alternating directions, and then sew the rows together. Create a quilt sandwich with wadding and backing fabric, then quilt as desired, bind and add a label to complete it.

Colouring-in sheets

Try out different colour schemes with the colouring-in sheets below. To print the sheets, right click on the image and select ‘open image in new tab’. Then you can print the page – make sure your print settings are set to what you want. My preference is to fit the image to the page so I get a full sheet with the picture.

You can also enjoy my other free patterns on my blog:

Happiness quilt and Pirate quilt.

Small patchwork bag charm and Small bag charm with Suffolk Puff centre.