Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blogger's Block of the Month


I'm excited to share my block with you for the Blogger's Block of the Month! This quilt-along was organized by Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works; back in August she sent each participant the most gorgeous group of Kaffe fabrics from which to create our blocks. I had so many different block ideas that I finally had to just settle on one and get started!  Jackie's rules were simple...everyone was asked to use the grey print and at least a couple of the others.  I decided to use all of them...how was a girl to choose!  If you are quilting along this should be a great stash-quilt.  You might also be able to make all of the blocks just from left-overs of another project since the blocks finish at 8 inches.  Okay...let's get started--my block is fast and easy!



Here's what you'll need:
  • 8 - 2 1/2'' squares background fabric (I used the Kaffe grey).
  • 4 - 2 1/2'' squares of medium/dark prints (I used four different Kaffe prints--you could make them all the same or use two each of two different prints).
  • 2 - 2 7/8'' squares background fabric (again I used the Kaffe grey).
  • 2 - 2 7/8'' squares of another medium/dark print ( I used two of the same, but you could use two different fabrics here as well).


The first step is to cut all four 2 7/8'' squares in half diagonally.



Next, sew these together using a 1/4'' seam to make half square triangles.



I press my seams open when making half-square triangles; I find this really helps when setting half-square triangles together in blocks.  Trim off the little triangles left over at the corners. You now have 4 completed half-square triangle blocks!

 


Now you're ready to lay out all the pieces and start assembling your block! Lay out the block pieces as shown above and sew each row together (again use a 1/4'' seam). Press.



I pressed all of my seams so that when sewing the rows together seams would "nest."  Sew all four rows together...press...


And  then you'll have your completed block! Since Jackie is collecting all of our blocks to make a donation quilt, I'll be making my own set of blocks as well and will be sharing those with you  monthly as each  block is posted. I'll also be reminding you each month about the next stop on the tour!

Hope you'll join along with us...for more information you can go here! Pat has already made a great block...go here to see hers!

Also, once you've made your block, don't forget to join the flikr group here:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1738993@N24/

Thanks so much for stopping by!


36 comments:

Pamela Nees said...

Love your block, and love your use of the Kaffe fabrics! Looking forward to the progress!

Cille said...

Oh... Thats a pretty block. I can't wait to get started on it. Thank so much for a good kick-off to this BOM.

Elzaan said...

I was looking forward to this sooooo much! What a great block to start this BOM with. Great work!

Anonymous said...

this will be my first time trying this, I am a newbe to quilting, but this sounds like fun....thanks donna

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Way to kick us off Sherri! Can't wait to see what the rest will look like! I had fun making mine too.. Have a great day!

Stephanie said...

I need to gather my fabric up today. Terrific block.

Ulla said...

Lovely start

MadCraftyMama said...

Love it! I have been dying to see the first block, so I can try to decide about colours. Can't wait to get started with my block.

ellison01 said...

very cool! As a beginner this looks easy enough for me to try :)

Laura

Kris said...

Sherri - Great block and Kaffe is my all time favorite!! I love his bright colors!! This will make a beautiful charity quilt - some lucky person . . . Kris

Jackie said...

Such a fantastic block!! Thank you, Sherri for designing this one. It is sure to be a hit!!

Rosemary said...

Just picked out my fabrics! Can't wait to start!

Rosa said...

Love your block,this will be a gorgeaus quilt!!

pat sloan said...

LOVE your block my sweets!

Simone de Klerk said...

Love your block! I was still in doubt, but you convinced me to join! And... I'll be using the scraps from last years FQS Mystery quilt.

Pam - said...

Love your block! I almost have all my Kaffe fabrics together & I'm anxious to start!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I love your block! And good choice to use lots of fabrics!

Mary T. Pratt Salmon said...

How do I join? Do I just make your block with my fabric and next month make the next one in line?
Will this be a totally scrappy quilt? Or should all the blocks be from the same fabric line?
Thanks....
Mary

Rhonda G said...

I love the colors in this block. I am going to go through my stash this afternoon and see if I can find some brights. My stash is getting pretty low but I'm sure I can find something to get me started. : ) Thanks for the great inspiration.

Char said...

Yikes! I haven't picked out my fabric yet.

VickiT said...

What a pretty block. LOVE those fabrics together. Wonderful job on this one.

Lorri said...

Beautifull fabric. Dumb question though... What is the name of the block?

Saskia said...

O, great block! I'm working on it this evening.

Teresa said...

Yippee! Looks like fun...thanks for the great tute and a good block to start with.

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

The Little Shop of Stitches said...

Lovely! A great way to make the bright prints stand out!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Thank you for this great block.

Donna said...

I had such fun putting this block together. Thanks for all your hard work preparing such a great tutorial. Happy quilting.

Lesley said...

Thanks Sherri...I really enjoyed sewing this block! It's going to be a long month before the next one! Cheers!

Linda said...

Thanks for giving us an easy and quick block. It took me longer to decide what fabrics to use than it did to rotary cut and sew!

marja said...

so beautiful, i shall using mine fabrics dyed by own.

Cathy said...

Gorgeous block Sherri, I'm just waiting for my fabrics to come in the mail and then I will be off!!! Thanks for being the first! xo

randi said...

wonderful! i will be adding these monthly blocks to my list of things to do! this one is lovely!

Judy said...

I like your block and pressing the seams is a great tip for me. I've made those hst's and have trouble. Thank you

Charo said...

It's so beautiful. I love the colours.
Thanks fo much for the tutorial.

Great idea to use all the lovely fabrics.

Greetings from Spain

ZzabeLinha said...

Thank you very much for this great tutorial.
It´s a lovely block !!

Diane-crewe said...

I only just found this...made the first block tonight...thank you for the clear instrutions...my block came out at 8 1/2 inches too!! x