Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Let's start a quilt along modern sampler with traditional blocks and start with #154

In an effort to motivate and inspire myself I am starting a quilt along. 

This is the fabric I am using to inspire myself.  I will be using Kona Snow as the background for the blocks and the main fabric in the quilt.  I don't have a total amount of fabrics you will need, but if you have to buy background fabric, buy 6 yards, it will certainly be enough for the top and the extra can go on the back.   On the table is a good portion of my Amy Butler fabrics and some solids that go with them.  I may throw some other fabrics in from my stash to add some variety and make the quilt not be so matchy matchy.  That is what makes a great scrap quilt.  It needs to have a few zingers thrown in the mix to take the scrap quilt over the top.
I have chosen 4 fabrics from this mix to start with for the first block.  I will make one in each color way.
I will be making one block with the pinks and one block with the blue/green. 
I have chosen these two to make the same block.  However they will go into a new tree skirt for the Christmas tree.

This is the finished block.  In the book it is block number 154, the seesaw block.

For each block you will need 1 - 5 1/4" square, this is the large square print.  4 -  2 1/2" squares of solid color fabric for the small pinwheels in the center.  4 - 2 7/8" background white squares.  4 - 2 1/2" by 4 1/2" background white rectangles.

First we will draw a diagonal line one the 2 1/2" colored squares and on all of the 2 7/8" squares.

Now on top of each 2 1/2"x4 1/2" rectangles place the 2 1/2" colored squares on the right side of the rectangles.  The diagonal lines should be placed so they are in the middle of the rectangle at the top and in the bottom right corner at the bottom.  You will now stitch directly on the drawn lines.

Trim 1/4" from the stitching line and press the seam allowance toward the triangle.

Now place 2 of the 2 7/8" squares in opposite corners of the 5 1/4" as shown in this picture.  Now you will stitch on both sides of the drawn line using a scant 1/4".

Cut on the diagonal line and press so your pieces look like these.

Place one of the 2 7/8" squares on each heart shape piece you have.  Now stitch a scant 1/4" from the draw line.

Cut on the drawn line and press. You will have 4 flying geese units for part 2 of the block.

Lay out your pieces like these are pictured and piece them together.

Lay out as pictured here.  When pressing the pieces, press the seam allowance toward the longer white 2 1/2"x 4 1/2" rectangles.

The final block will look like so.
Check back later on Friday for the next block in the quilt along.  If you just want to make the block, the measurements I have given you makes a 8" finished block.  Let me know if you make a block, I would sure love to see them.  If we have enough interest and participants I can set up a flickr group.  If you have any questions ask them in the comments and I will be sure to reply.


  1. I looked on Amazon for the book and saw quite a few editions...will you post a photo of your book? I also checked my library...they don't have it. Darn!

  2. I like this block !
    The pink one looks like a little girl marching along in fancy pink floral shoes !