Sparkle is my block for Cloud9’s New Block Blog Hop featuring their Organic Cirrus Solids. The blog hop hosts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, have curated the “Berry Harvest” bundle, and Cloud9 is supplying each participant with a fat quarter bundle. Blocks made for the hop will be collected and made into quilts for donation. (A list of today’s bloggers is at the end of this post).
FABRIC AND TOOLS:
Four 7.5″ squares of each color in Berry Harvest – Amazon, Sky, Iris, Lilac
One 11.5″ x 14.5″ rectangle of Shadow
6″ finished quarter circle templates from bettycrockerass.com
Small rotary cutter for cutting curves (I like 28mm)
Best press or starch
Square ruler 6.5″ or bigger with a 45 degree line
Cut four 7.5″ squares of your four coordinating fabrics.
Stagger the templates so you can cut four template pieces from the 11.5″ x 14.5″ center fabric.
Match the light pink and the dark turquoise. Sew 1/4″ from the line on either side of the line. Cut along the line and press the seam open.
Orient one pair of half square triangles so the Amazon is on the top right and the Lilac on the bottom right. Align the right angle of the template on the seam at the bottom right corner. Align the notch in the curved part of the template with the seam as well. Trim to template.
Orient the other set of half square triangles so the Iris is on the top right and the Sky is on the bottom left. Align the right angle of the template on the seam at the bottom right corner. Align the notch in the curved part of the template with the seam as well. Trim to template.
(You can get a 2 1/4″ hst from your scraps if you want to save it for another block!)
Mark the center of the curve in the gray template pieces. If you are glue basting, use a glue stick to apply glue to the edge of the half square triangle. Place the gray template piece so the center is aligned with the seam of a half square triangle. Continue to match the edges of the fabrics together working your way from the center to either end. You may have excess at the end as the bettycrockerass.com templates allow you to trim to size.
Sew slowly along the curve, lifting the pressed foot if needed to adjust the fabric position.
Press seams towards the half square triangle.
Repeat for all four units.
To trim the units, begin with the gray sides. Place your square ruler 1/4″ from the curve and align the 45 degree line with the seam of the half square triangle. Turn your units around and alight your ruler to your first two cuts and to the seam. Trim the remaining two sides.
Arrange your units per the image.
I sewed this block at home, of course, but I’m typing this tutorial on the WordPress app in the emergency room while my sick kid sleeps. He should be fine, but I’ll add some images to show you how the block can repeat in several different ways when I get back home to my computer. I also might resize some pictures. Till then, happy hopping with all the rest of the block makers! The list for today is below, but click over to Yvonne’s blog for a full list of the whole hop with links.
Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar