Good morning! Hopefully you're all ready and raring to get started on the quilt along so, today, I'm going to cover the construction technique for your block. As we have mentioned, we are basing our block on a very simple, concentric squares pattern which you can adapt to any size you like, so this is really just a basic "how-to" for any beginners that might be joining in.
This was my initial design. I wanted to make a quilt to cover a coffee table where we place our Christmas tree, so this will end up around 21-22" square. I worked out the design on graph paper, using a scale of 1 square=2" (if you don’t have any then you can generate graph paper for free on the incompetech website). I then worked out how much fabric I would need for each section (remembering to add ½” to all measurements for seam allowances). Note: Because I was only using 3 different fabrics in my block (and repeating two of them) I ordered my fabrics as half yard cuts, but you could probably get away with using fat quarters, especially if you don’t repeat any of your fabrics.
Note: You don't have to work out all your measurements to start with - I have to admit that I rarely do this and usually just cut strips to size as I go along! But I did it "properly" for the sake of the quilt along, and will just include my measurements here in case you want to copy my design. If you are using a different design then, obviously, ignore my measurements and just follow the technique.
So, we are essentially starting off with a central square and adding strips to each side in turn, to create borders - which can be as wide or narrow as you like, and you can add as many or as few borders as you like too. I've put my block together using the courthouse steps design, but of course you could do a traditional log cabin if you prefer. Here are my cutting details
For my central block, I cut an 8.5” square
1st border – cut 2 strips 8.5 x 1.5” and 2 strips 10.5 x 1.5”
2nd border – cut 2 strips 10.5 x 3” and 2 strips 15.5 x 3”
3rd border – cut 2 strips 15.5 x 1.5” and 2 strips 17 x 1.5”
4th border – cut 2 strips 17 x 2.5” and 2 strips 21.5 x 2.5”
All seams are ¼”
Take your central square and the two short strips for your first border. Pin the strips on opposite edges of your square, right sides together and lined up with the edges. Sew a 1/4" seams along each edge.
Sew your seams then press. Your first border is complete!
This is my completed quilt top, ready for the next part! If you have decided to make a quilt using several blocks together, then you will just repeat this process again until you have the number of blocks you require. I hope that all makes sense! If anything is unclear please do give me a shout.
You might recall that Rhonda was going to make a table runner, using several blocks, and she has added a fun twist by tilting her blocks within their setting! It looks amazing so, for instructions on how to do that, pop over to Rhonda's blog and she will show you how.
Any questions, just ask, and don't forget to add your progress pics to the Flickr group here.