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Welcome! I’m so happy to be hosting the Block #5 tutorial for the Virtual Quilting Bee hosted by my dear friend, Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. I am honored (and a little humbled) to join such wonderful quilters in contributing a block.
If you are visiting for the Bee, I’m glad you dropped in! Feel free to stay a while.
It was so fun to create my block in both Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman (ooh how I loved my blue pallet), and a block using Happy Go Lucky, by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. Happy Go Lucky makes me feel just that – happy.
Isn’t it cool to see how different the blocks turned out using the solids verses prints? I really enjoyed finding a block design that would look great with both.
This is such a fast and easy block, you’re going to be done in a jiffy.
OK, let’s get started!
Remember that your finished block will measure 8-1/2″ unfinished and 8″ finished. All seams are scant 1/4″ seams unless otherwise noted. For the demonstration I’ll be using Happy Go Lucky.
Red Polka Dot
- Cut one 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strip
- Cut (4) 2-1/2″ squares
- Cut one 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strip
- Cut (2) 4-1/2″ squares
Sew red polka dot strip to gray check strip along long edge. Press seams to red polka dot.
Cut into (4) 2-1/2″ strips. (Sorry folks for only showing two cut… keep going!)
Make two (2) four patches. Set aside.
Using a very sharp pencil (I prefer a mechanical pencil), draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the 2-1/2″ red polka dot squares.
Sew directly on the drawn line, as shown, on opposite corners of the 4-1/2″ floral squares.
***Tip- when sewing on the drawn line, I find it helps my accuracy to sew one thread width toward the corner.
If you are ever making lots of blocks where you sew corner to corner, be sure to check out my tutorial for taping your machine. It’s super fast and easy, and you don’t have to mark your fabric.
Fold back the triangle, matching corner to corner, checking for accuracy and press.
Trim away back triangle. Repeat for other side. Make 2.
Lay out your block as shown.
Sew top two blocks together and bottom two blocks together, making sure to match the seams. (You can pin at the seam if helpful.) Press seams toward the 4 patch.
Sew together rows and press to one side.
Easy peasy! Be sure to add your finished block to the Virtual Quilting Bee Flickr Group.
And here’s the block I made for my Bee quilt from Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.
I hope you enjoyed making your block. If you have any questions, leave me a comment or drop me a line at callimakesdo at gmail dot com.
If you haven’t gotten started, and want to, you can learn more about the Bee by clicking here.
And here are links to the first 4 blocks:
Thanks Amy for organizing this awesome Bee!
The past few days, I’ve been making zipper pouches.
They are fast and easy, and totally addicting.
They make a perfect gift.
I love how easy it is to customize them to fit the person you are giving them to.
For this pouch, I used a little of my stash of Marmalade. I’ve been saving it for the perfect quilt. But since the pouches don’t take much fabric, I figured I could cut into it a bit.
For this pouch I embroidered the quote from Mother Teresa. And appliqued the initial of the person I’m giving it to.
I’ve also been making lil cutie pouches from Noodlehead.
They take no time at all to make and also make a great gift. They are just the right size to carry a small phone, cash, credit cards, lip gloss, or other small treasures. The pattern was just a bit small to hold an iPod, but that is easily fixed by adding a 1/2 inch or so to the width.
These two lil cuties are for my girls. They picked out the fabrics and color of zippers. They really wanted to sew the pouches themselves, but since I’d never made them before, and the zipper is still a bit tricky for them, I sewed them this time.
They were so easy to make that I suppose a zipper sewing lesson is in order for my girls. (Even if I still sort of feel like I need a zipper sewing lesson.) I’d better find a cheap price on zippers, since I get the feeling they will love making them!