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 

INSTRUCTIONS:

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.


Draw a line from corner to corner of the two light squares.

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.


Match the dark pink and the light turquoise. Sew 1/4″ from the line on either side of the line. Cut along the line and press the seam open. DO NOT TRIM YOUR HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES.

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.


If you are pin basting, pin the center and the two ends. Then fill in between with pins.

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. 


Sew the top two units by placing right sides together and sewing along edge. Repeat with the bottom two units. Press seams open.


Place rows right sides together, aligning the two gray seams. Sew along the long gray edges and press.


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

50 Comments

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  2. Lisa

    Sorry to hear about your son.  I hope he is o.k.  Your block is beautiful!  I love how the colours radiate out from the centre.

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  6. Sarah Goer

    I’m so sorry to hear you were hanging out in the ER. I hope all is well and everyone is happily home by now. I love your block! I *think* you’re the only one with pieced curves in today’s hop. It’s so striking and I look forward to seeing repeat variations for setting the block.

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  8. Ann

    Hope everyone gets to feeling better soon.  Really cool block – I just love curves and drunkard’s path – type blocks.  Great work!

  9. Carrie Wikander

    Love love love this block!  (I’m a bit of a circle fanatic…)  This looks like so much fun to make, and I want to see what it looks like next to others of its kind.  I’m so sorry about the emergency room – never my favorite place to be.  Hope all turned out well.  thanks for sharing this awesome block despite it!  

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  11. Janice Holton

    I hope your kiddo is doing ok now? Such dedication to be working on this from the emergency room and your block is crazy good! Curves are something I haven’t had the nerve to try yet.

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  13. Shannon

    Such a fun block! This year is all about curves for me so I’m adding this to my “curves to-try” list 😉 And those butterfly pins are THE cutest!!

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  15. Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

    Very pretty block! I was intimidated sewing on curved but it works well. I don’t bother pinning and somehow the magic happens and it turns out. Or maybe it is the stress of a looming deadline. This is one block on my “must make” list. Thanks for sharing. Oh, hopefully, all is well. It’s taken me awhile to get thru everyone’s blocks and I’m still on the Tuesday list.

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