This week I did the free motion applique on my rainbow blocks. I also have had several requests for the pattern for the blocks so I worked on that too!
Making these quilt blocks is a great way to use up your scraps of fabric.
Below you will find the teal block tutorial and I will get the pink and blue one done soon.
I also made the blue quilt block again so it would be the same size as the pink and teal blocks and I made a pillow with the 18-inch quilt block. Be sure to check out that blog post.
My scrap box only had a few narrow strips of teal so I had to raid my fat quarters. I love teal…..hmmmm….I seem to say that with all colors!
I made another one of my string flower blocks and then added a border of HSTs.
For my Rainbow Scraps, I decided to use my AccuQuilt Die Cutter machine and the Go Value die.
The die cuts 2-inch squares, half-square triangles (HSTs), and 4-inch squares (finished sizes). As you can see I am just cutting the HSTs so I cut my fabric into 3 1/2 inch strips and then fold the fabric to cover the section of the die I want to cut.
The dog-eared corners on the die make it very easy to use. I am using my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine, it is my favorite!
Quilt block tutorial
12½” x 12½” quilt block
String quilt block
There first thing to do is to make a 7-inch string block out of neutral fabrics. I like using telephone book pages and then stitch my strips to that. For this block, I used narrow strips ranging from 3/4 inch to 2 inches. Use a small stitch.
I usually iron my block each time I sew on a new strip. Once I have covered the complete block I carefully remove the telephone book page and then press and starch. Then I square it up to a 6 1/2″ square.
The pattern for the applique flower is at the end of the post, I used Wonder Under for my applique and did raw edge stitching.
Square in a square
Cut two – 5-inch squares, you really only need 4 7/8″ squares but I find it is better to go a little bigger and trim down afterward. Cut them diagonally and sew to the string block center as shown using a 1/4″ stitch.
Now cut the following out of assorted teal and neutral scraps. You are going to make HSTs (half-square triangles). Mark a line diagonally on the wrong side of a neutral square and place a teal block right side up underneath.
Sew a 1/4″ seam along both sides of the line. Cut along diagonal line and press. Trim the block to 2 1/2″ square.
Sew the block together
Following is the diagram to show you how to arrange the blocks and stitch them together. I sewed 4 blocks together first and added them to the top and bottom of the string block.
Then I add the side rows.
Here is the completed block which should measure 12 1/2″.
You can download the Applique Flower template here.
I hope you enjoy the block tutorial, I have to admit I have really been having fun working in Photoshop on my diagrams….now I have to get back to quilting!
Teal Flower Block Tutorial
I have some exciting news to share tomorrow and…..I might have a photo of the river without ice on it!
Last week I showed how I used the AccuQuilt die for half-square triangles which is the way I really prefer to make them.
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