Sunday, November 10, 2013

Introducing the Quilt-As-You-Go Simple Sampler

It's Monday again. How do the days go by so fast?  Last week I showed you the Quilt-As-You-Go blocks I was working on.  Those were for the boy color-scheme quilt, this week I am working on the girl version.

I am having a lot more fun with the FMQ on this one.  So many designs are just too girly to have used on the boy quilt.  I've decided to write up tutorials for these blocks as I go and the Quilt As You Go techniques I am using. I'll post a new one each Monday, and the first one is going up today!

I'm going to be showing you how to make a different one of the 8.5" center blocks each week.  I'll make separate posts on the borders I add to my blocks and how I do quilt-as-you-go if you want to do the same.

We're starting off with a simple 16 patch.  Remember each of these tutorials will make a 8.5" unfinished block.  To start with you need (2) 2.5"x20" strips, one from your focus fabric and one from your background.

Sew the strips together along their long side, press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric, and cross cut into 2.5" wide units.  You should have (8) 2.5" wide, 2-block units.

Sew pairs of the 2-block units into four patches. The seams should nest.  Then, press the new seams.

Sew the four patches into a 16-patch block and press.  Measure and trim the finished block to 8.5" square. Easy peasy!  The master post and tutorials for adding the block borders and making a Quilt-As-You-Go sandwich is here.

Linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.

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