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