This is block 1 of Grow In Grace, already in the Facebook files on my group [link on sidebar].
In addition to the free BOW over on my facebook page, I was going to make a bed-size quilt with the same fabrics, a fat quarter bundle of Hopelessly Romantic. Trying to think of a way to show off the fabrics, yet add some interest, I was scrambling for a good quilt block to use. One morning, while waiting for my coffee, I was looking at the kitchen floor –
And thought, that’s it! I got some white tone-on-tone fabric for the middle, and started figuring out the math. I’m quite sure that this is not a new block, someone has already made it somewhere over the years, but this is what I came up with.
For each block, you’ll cut four squares at 6” each, and four squares for the middle at 2.5” each. Draw a line from corner to corner on the back of the 2.5” square, and lay it on the corner of the big square, right sides together, like this.
This is where I ran into problems. Apparently you can’t stitch right on the line – I stitched just below it, on the corner side.
When I stitched right on the line, and folded it over, it was a bit short. Stitching just below the line will line it up perfectly with the corner. When you’re satisfied with the placement, trim your seams to ¼” and press open. I press all seams open to reduce bulk.
This works best with non-directional fabrics. If using a fabric that needs to go in one direction, you’ll have to pay close attention to where your small corners are! You’ll make four of these, and put all the small corners to the center.
Stitch two blocks together, twice, then stitch the rows together, keeping your centers aligned.
For those of you who love piecing, it’s a simple block. For me, not so much – I won’t be making more, lol. My quilt will be just squares. I love the fabrics, and want to show them off, but want it done in a hurry. Trying to get seams to match up is not my favorite!
There are lots of possibilities with this block, you could join the blocks together as is, or add sashing in between, or even add the small squares to each corner of the block. Play with it and have fun! I’ll be doing something much simpler, lol.
And now I think I'll go get another coffee, and enjoy the sunrise. Be safe, be warm, and please pray for Jenny as she battles historic flooding. I can't even imagine.