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Virtual Quilting Bee – Block #5 Tutorial

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.

Cutting instructions:

Red Polka Dot

  • Cut one 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strip
  • Cut (4) 2-1/2″ squares

Gray Check

  • 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:

Block Tutorial #1 by Sherri of A Quilting Life

Block Tutorial #2 by Amy Newbold of Sukie Don’t Ya Know

Block Tutorial #3 by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns

Block Tutorial #4 by Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting

Thanks Amy for organizing this awesome Bee!

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15 Responses to “Virtual Quilting Bee – Block #5 Tutorial”

  • Lynn b:

    Thanks for sharing such a pretty but simple block! I’m visiting from the virtual bee but think I will have to look around a bit!

  • Very cute block! Iam loving these with the Happy go lucky fabrics

  • Thank you so much! I love this block. I have shared this and others onto Quilts and Things Facebook group page. i will be making some of these!

  • Kay Losh:

    such a pretty pattern, with so many different looks with different fabrics used. I’m interested to try this with a variety of “scraps” I’ve saved.

  • maureen:

    Yay Calli! I was excited to see your name pop up on the bee! Pretty block; very different and fun. Thanks for sharing.

  • LAMchop114:

    What type of sewing machine do you have? I like the masuring guides on the base ~ I’m in the market for a new machine…

    • Calli:

      I have a Pfaff 2027 Classic Style Quilt. I absolutely love my machine, and especially love the walking foot. But it’s really the only machine I’ve ever owned, so I can’t make comparisons.

  • CathyK:

    What a darling block! Love it! Thank you for the terrific tutorial as well.

  • Debra:

    Loved making this block. I think it’s my favorite so far, and I may use it again!

  • I have made a few quilts using this block – in fact, I am making a big quilt (queen sized) with this block. I found it online – it was called the Arkansas Crossroads block. I love the fabric you are using in yours – it will make a very pretty quilt.

  • Love Amy. Love all the blocks. especially this one

  • I loved your block as soon as I saw it. I was hoping to see it in a full quilt layout. I’m going to play with it in my EQ software tonight to see how it will look in multiples. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Patty:

    I love this one, I’ve made three from scraps and love the look. thank you.

  • Hi Calli, I’m playing catch-up and just made your block from scraps – I really love how it turned out :) I think it’s one of my favourites so far! Thank you so much for taking the time.

  • Thank you for showing how to do this. My daughter showed me a quilt with the triangles in the corner pattern that she loved. I was stumped how to do this and am so glad that I found it in my internet search. I will definitely be back to your site to look for more

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